Quoting Stone Gordonssen <[log in to unmask]>:

> >fairy floss/spun sugar/something else (fluffy sweet stuff, often
> pink,
> =AmE "cotton candy"

Reminds me: gives the following Arabic etymology for the word

candy - short for 'sugar candy', from sugar + qandi 'candied', from qand 'cane
sugar' - from a Dravidian language

I was taught it derived from the placename "Candia", because Crete was a major
producer of sugar cane during some period. Does anyone know more about this?