We have a new toy courtesy of Santa Claus. We found it sitting on my daughter’s bed the night we arrived from the Philippines. *wink* It’s a Nostalgia Electrics cotton candy machine and it’s something my daughter really asked for (and light-up shoes, which Santa delivered to the Philippines). It’s not really a toy because it is a perfectly working kitchen gadget. And the instructions that came with it specifically says that “This is not a toy.”
Last Monday, we finally decided to take the cotton candy machine out of the box and gave it a run, much to the delight of my daughter and our play dates. :) Hard candies are used to make the cotton candy, but I believe we can use regular sugar as well.
After allowing the machine to warm up for about 3 minutes, we were all set. We dropped in two strawberry-flavored hard candies and proceeded to see if we have a future in cotton-candy making . Hee.
I must say, wrapping sugar floss around a plastic cone is a lot trickier than it looks! It took a while before I got the hang of it!
See what I mean? Here’s a closer look…
Check out the candy wrappers on the table! Nobody seemed to mind that the result of our little test was a little less than stellar. We just wanted to try as many candy flavors as we possibly can! Other than strawberry, we tried grape, apple, lemon, peppermint and a still to be identified fruit flavor. Strawberry and grape were the favorites. Call me crazy but I really liked the peppermint!
A few minutes after our play dates left our house, I continued to practice with the machine. I did have a jar full of red and white peppermint candies! Besides, practice makes perfect, even in cotton candy making!
In the end, I did get the hang of it, as you can see in the photo. I didn’t even have to use up all my candies! I proved to myself that we can actually have fluffy-looking cotton candy straight from our home kitchen. Don’t you worry about the sugar we consumed last Monday! We merely taste-tested the different flavors and discarded most of them. I guess all we wanted to do really was play. :)
Hmmm, let’s see…I already have a cotton candy machine (well, it’s really my daughter’s!), an ice cream maker and an ice-shaver (for snow cones!). All I need now is a pop-corn popper to complete my circus/carnival/stadium kitchen showcase. Oh, I think I want a hot dog griller as well! I just might have a circus-themed birthday party in July. Yeah!