Cotton Candy

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!

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One Response to “Cotton Candy”

  1. I can’t say I’ve ever known of anyone with their own cotton candy machine, hehe. It looks like so much fun! I definitely think you should go all in for a circus themed party or two. :D


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