Economic catastrophe. Global despair. Times are hard. Well, at least there’s candy floss. Gourmet candy floss at that. Starting tomorrow, Pearl Restaurant & Bar (252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN) will offer free gourmet candy floss along side orders of its Petit Fours (Saturday nights only). Created by Pearl’s head pastry chef, Ben Knell, the candy floss will come in “four fabulous flavours … each with its own unique twist.” Flavours include: marshmallow (with a freshly made marshmallow coated in candy floss and sprinkled with vanilla sugar), chocolate profiterole (yep, there’s a profiterole on a stick in the middle), lemon (with lemon pates de fruits) and strawberry (with fresh strawberry and freeze-dried strawberry dust).
Wacky stuff. But a lot more flavourful than you might expect. Londonist especially likes the marshmallow and highly recommends the profiterole. We visited Pearl yesterday for a tasting and (despite a hefty dose of scepticism) these pretty little sugary afters won us over. As elegantly presented as these candy floss creations are, they can be a bit awkward to eat (but in a fun way). With the sweet taste and cottony texture eliciting happy memories of fun fairs and boardwalks, you might just feel like a kid again … unaware of financial meltdown. And as decadent as it sounds, each candy floss requires only a half a teaspoon of granulated sugar to make. If you’re gonna dole out the money these days on a fancy-schmancy meal in a smart setting (and the Pearl, with its million hand-strung pearls shimmering in its Grade II listed building’s dining room, is indeed a smart setting), it’s nice to know a little added amusement is being thrown in for good measure.
Photography by Chris Osburn