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|Alternative names||Iranian cotton candy|
|Place of origin||Iran|
|Region or state||Yazd|
|Main ingredients||Sugar, sesame|
Pashmak (Persian: پشمک) is a form of Iranian candy floss or cotton candy, made from sugar. Pashmak is served on its own or as an accompaniment to fruits, cakes, ice creams, puddings and desserts. It is widely known as Persian Cotton Candy. It is sometimes garnished with ground pistachio nuts. Although the texture is similar to cotton candy, both method and ingredients are different.
Pashmak originated in the Iranian city of Yazd known for its various traditional Persian sweets such as Baghlava, Qottab, and Gaz during Safavid Empire.
The Arabic sweet Ghazl al-Banat (Arabic: غزل البنات, English: Girls' Yarn) is virtually identical to pashmak, and is referred to as Oriental Cotton Candy.
A Turkish sweet called pişmaniye bears some resemblance to pashmak.
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