Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Cotton Candy Maker Test Run

Friday, May 25, 2012

Cotton Candy Maker Test Run

Mariah's birthday is coming up next week, so we decided to do a trial run on the cotton candy machine I got for Mother's Day. How do you think it worked?

The machine says you can use any hard candy. We bought a bag of Jolly Ranchers Hard Candy, and just in case it didn't work, I bought this 5 pack of Cotton Candy Sugar from Amazon for $25.




We started out with the Jolly Ranchers.



It took about 5 minutes to really get the floss going, but after that, it was pretty quick to form a cotton candy ball.


I realized after that first attempt that I should have left the stick hovering over the top of the bowl instead of putting it inside and scooping the floss up. It didn't make a nice poofy ball, but made it really tight. It still tasted like cotton candy, but it wasn't that soft cloud you normally eat. You can see the tight ball it made here.



So we tried again, both with the sugar and with more Jolly Ranchers and finally got it right:


The verdict on the Jolly Ranchers vs the sugar? They both fluffed up into soft, fluffy balls. The sugar had a nice flavor, but all the colors were very faint, almost white, no matter what flavor you chose. As for taste, Allison, my 8 year old, didn't have a preference. However, my 12 year old enjoyed the Jolly Rancher made cotton candy over the sugar. We did notice it had a much sweeter flavor than the sugar did, and it had better coloring after flossing up.

17 comments:

  1. well my kids would love love love it..everything about this!! you make it look so fun...you should get a commission!

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    1. Send them over. I have a blast using it, and am running out of kids to make it for :)

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  2. YUM!!!!! Now I'm either going to have to buy a machine for myself, or obsess about it for awhile lol. Your party is going to ROCK!!!

    Paula

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    1. I'm going to need a bigger house for parties. I am quickly becoming the favorite party host among kids around here with all my fancy machines lol.

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  3. Yay! I've been waiting for this post hehe :) I would LOVE to have a cotton candy maker...looks so neat! What a neat thing to have for parties or get togethers :)

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    1. I don't eat much cotton candy, but I sure do love spooling it up! Up next on my wishlist is one of those old time popcorn popper stands. I won't be satisfied until I have every little nostalgia gadget made lol.

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  4. That looks like fun! Would be great for parties. You are the "cool mom"!

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    1. Oh, I so wish I was the cool mom! I am the mean, strict mom in their eyes right now though lol.

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  5. We purchased the same machine for birthday parties & fun BBQ's. I love how easy it was to use. They are fun! I saw this cupcake tutorial where they put it on top of cupcakes it looked so cute. Found you via Friendship Friday I am over at DearCreatives.com drop by anytime!

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    1. Really? I am going to have to youtube search that tutorial. It sounds so cool! I am thinking that would make some cool spider web looking cupcakes for Halloween.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. With the fair going on this weekend I was thinking yum the cotton candy darn the expense of the fair but this looks like a better alternative I want to try. So try and get over to my blog sometime because I tagged you in TAG YOUR IT!!! rules on on my blog hope you decide to play along it was fun. :)) have a great party.

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  7. That is neat. Thanks for letting us know how it turned out. Stopping by from Friendly Friday. Subscribing. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

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    1. Hi Michele! Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to stop by your blog too, but clicking your profile just takes me to your g+ page (which I am following you on). If you'd like to send me your blog addy, I would be more than happy to subscribe too :)

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  9. I had no idea you could use candies in these machines. I like the idea of cotton candy on cupcakes! That could be pretty cute...

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    1. I know! Even though the box said it would use any hard candy, I was still skeptical. I'm glad it works because I don't think I can keep shelling out $25 for cotton candy sugar.

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