Cotton Candy Mousse

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Fluffy mousse dessert flavored with cotton candy syrup, perfect for baby showers, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day.

Cotton Candy Mousse Recipe

Everyone always asks what Mom wants for breakfast in bed. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Mom doesn’t want breakfast in bed; she wants brunch. Seriously people, it’s the 21st century…haven’t we been over this? Mom wants to sleep. The end.

Cotton Candy Mousse Recipe

Okay well THIS mom wants to sleep. Don’t get me wrong- I’m a morning person. I enjoy getting up with the kids. The worst part however is hitting the ground running. I usually wake up to the sound of our toddler crashing things around in his room. Once children realize that you are awake they want to play and read and run and jump and eat NOW.

Cotton Candy Mousse from @katrinaskitchen -use any flavored syrup for shaved ice

Also this mom wants a little pink in her life. Pink things just taste better don’t you think? If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a few teasers about this post. I just can’t help myself; pink things are photogenic. When I saw this  Jelly Belly Cotton Candy Syrup I knew immediately that I was going to make something with it: Cotton Candy Mousse! I found mine at Bed Bath and Beyond. You can surely order it online as well. It turns out that even my boys like to eat pink things. They didn’t even mind the polka dot ribbons and tiny spoons.

Cotton Candy Mousse from @katrinaskitchen -use any flavored syrup for shaved ice

Cotton Candy Mousse Recipe

Fluffy mousse dessert flavored with cotton candy syrup, perfect for baby showers, Valentine's Day, or Mother's Day.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 mini dessert shooter glasses


  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons Cotton Candy syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon milk or cream
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz tub of Cool Whip
  • Candy for garnish optional


  • In the bowl of your mixer combine cream cheese, syrup, and milk until smooth.
  • Slowly beat in powdered sugar. Then fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Spoon into 12 dessert shooter glasses or any small serving dishes.
  • Chill at least 3 hours. Serve cold.

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- Katrina

56 Responses to “Cotton Candy Mousse”

  1. #
    Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    This is so unique and lovely. Awesome idea Katrina!!

  2. #
    kita — May 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Seriously, this is too cute – and totally fun looking.

  3. #
    bridget — May 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Totally with you on brunch! 😉

    These are just perfectly sweet and girly!
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    Blog New Black — May 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm

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    Rachel Cooks — May 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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    bakeaholicmama — May 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm
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    lilaloa — May 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Oh my goodness. I can't even focus long enough to read the recipe. I WANT THESE!!! They are gorgeous and sound absolutely PERFECT!!

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    Julie — May 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I had no idea cotton candy syrup existed! Now I want to drink it through a curly straw.
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    themadhausfrau — May 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Pink things always tast better. I have to get my hands on that syrup. This is brilliant!
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    Averie — May 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Oh I love cotton candy! This is soooo creative & what gorgeous food styling & photography!
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    Sue — May 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Who wouldn't want to eat this?!? Sounds wonderful and they look so cute!
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    Rachel — May 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I'll take one of these, yum! And yeah… sleep would be nice. Not breakfast… sleep, then a quiet shower and maybe brunch lol. No dishes or laundry either. 🙂
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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — May 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I am definitely with you on brunch! These look like a beautiful, pink cloud. Yum!
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    weekendgourmet — May 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I can't tell you how much I love this, sweet Katrina…pretty and yummy…and uber creative!!
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    haniela — May 9, 2012 at 2:26 am

    oh my, I loved cotton candy as a kid, I haven't had it in many years, now I want to make your mousse, so fun and really creative!
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    Erin @ Dinners, Dish — May 9, 2012 at 2:27 am

    So cute! I would so go for sleep on Mother's Day. My kid is 7 and he is still the same way – eat, play…NOW!!

  17. #
    @365DaysofBaking — May 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Too funny! I saw the top picture on Pinterest and thought they were candles! I thought, 'when did Katrina start making candles?' LOL! Ah, but cotton candy candles would smell delicious – I love the stuff and I think this mousse would definitely be a hit for me on Sunday! Hint, hint, kids!

  18. #
    keblon19 — May 9, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Cotton Candy is the best for me and with this post this is a new style I want to see and try this..
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    everyday pixie dust — May 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

    i love this!!! they look fun to make 🙂

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    Sandras Easy Cooking — May 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    You took words out of my mouth:))))) yes we want to sleep..:)) Unlike you, I am not morning person and like my mornings quiet ..but with 3 that is impossible! 🙂
    Your mousse is sooo cool! Love the idea and the color is fantastic…
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    Jody @ hobby room — May 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I have never understood the breakfast in bed thing–I want to be sleeping! Also, the potential mess stresses me out, but that's just me. Great idea of something to do with flavored syrup and really cute glasses!
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    Kristen — May 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    This is so brilliant! I need to have some of that syrup in my life this summer. And yes- SLEEP is what we want! For sure!
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  23. #
    Bake Your Day — May 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Too stinking fun, Katrina. I love boys but everyone needs a little pink. This is so great!
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  24. #
    Carolyn — May 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    This mom wants to sleep too. And she wants to eat your pretty mousse!
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  25. #
    claire — May 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    The cutest thing I've ever seen!!!

  26. #
    Debra Kapellakis — May 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    It's yummy and it's PINK! YEAH!

  27. #
    Love From The Oven — May 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Holy adorable my friend! And sleep, what is this elusive sleep thing you speak of? 🙂

  28. #
    Becky — May 10, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Your Cotton Candy Mousse is amazing! You are so creative, and your pics are great I'll be looking for other flavors.

  29. #
    vanillacloudsandlemondrops — May 10, 2012 at 3:19 am

    I'm with you with the sleeping! ALL i want is to sleep in…then a nice little brunch would be perfect or perhaps this mousse! It looks fantastic and so super cute. Happy Mother's Day to you! : )

  30. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — May 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Those are SO CUTE. I looooove cotton candy anything so I hope I can find these!

    And this mom? Wants a mimosa first thing on Mother's Day. I don't even need food, just a mimosa.

  31. #
    Journey4ever — May 11, 2012 at 1:19 am

    This is so cute. Looks like something Katy Perry would carry around.

  32. #
    Meg — May 11, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Suddenly I really want to go to a carnival.. and eat real cotton candy. What a great idea!
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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Yeah that's what all the mom's I know want too…SLEEP!!
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    Comfort of Cooking — May 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Haha! Love your honesty about no breakfast in bed, just sleep. I'm not a mom but I can imagine that's too true! These treats are so fun and festive. Love em!

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    Cake with Love — May 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    wow these look super cute, I am such a big fan of pink desserts!
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    Roxana GreenGirl — May 13, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I'm a morning person too, I think it comes with the Mom job 🙂
    I'm dreaming of the days Tiffany goes to collage and I get to sleep in (don't kill my dream, please, by telling me I have to wait ~ 16-17 years )
    Meanwhile I better check Bed Bath and Beyond for some cotton candy syrup
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  37. #
    Carol — May 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Do you have tiny spoons to use to eat these? The shooters I have are very small.

  38. #
    KatrinasKitchen — May 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Yes- the box of shooters I have (Libby is the brand name) came with 8 glasses and 8 tiny spoons.

  39. #
    Jamie | MBA — May 15, 2012 at 12:10 am

    So creative – clearly I need to hunt down that syrup asap!

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    The Squishy Monster — May 15, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Holy Cow! That looks incredible 😉

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    [email protected] Wash You Dry — May 15, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Holy Moly! We should be best friends, I love pink too! I have a whole pinboard on pinterest dedicated to pink! I totally understand the toddler thing! My kids wake up and instantly want breakfast, me, I would love a brunch! I need to get some of this syrup, cotton candy is one of my favorite flavors! Yum!
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    Damn Delicious — May 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Oh my god I seriously want to swim in a pool of this!
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    Cookin' Canuck — May 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    This is such a cute idea, Katrina! I can see serving these at a baby shower or little girl's birthday party. I hope you got to sleep on in Mother's Day!
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    ayeshaasghar2 — August 30, 2012 at 7:27 am

    like the shades mixture. really like their colors, wonderful shots!!

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    @ChristinaContri — January 7, 2013 at 4:20 am

    i'm making this for my upcoming baby shower, and i'm wondering if i can prep it a few days early… my family makes a dessert that has a base that starts out very similarly (cream cheese, cool whip) and it starts to get watery after a day or so. it does have fruit in it though, which may be the cause of the excess liquid. any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  47. #
    KatrinasKitchen — January 7, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Christina! Congrats on your baby 🙂

    I would say that a day in advance is about all you are going to get out of this before the texture starts to change. I don't think it would be as watery as a fruit-based dessert but it may start to separate some after a day or so.

  48. #
    ami — March 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    do you think leftovers would freeze well? i kind of want to load these into popsicle molds and have a creamy frozen treat.

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      Katrina Bahl — March 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      I have never frozen it- I’m sure it would be fine but I would worry about the unthawing. As long as you plan to eat them popsicle-style I think you should be fine. Let me know!

  49. #
    Erin @ Making Memories — May 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    How cute are those! I love the glasses! And we happen to have that cotton candy syrup already. I just might have to make these. Thanks!

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    Chichi — April 3, 2014 at 5:50 am

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    Kim — May 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I just made these but they aren’t pink. Should I have added more syrup? Do they turn pink after sitting?

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    Tieghan — June 8, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    OMG!! So fun!

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    Elaine — July 20, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    WOW! Just saw a recipe today for Cotton Candy Ice Cream, and was thinking that if I bought a bottle of the Cotton Candy syrup and made the ice cream, how would I ever use up the rest of the bottle after making the ice cream; and here’s the answer for what else I could use it to make!! Thank you!

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