I believe every home should have a cotton candy maker. Yes indeed, a chicken in every pot and also cotton candy on a stick. My 10 year old daughter received hers as the one present she could open on Christmas Eve.
This is not the first cotton candy maker for our family. Before shopping on the internet was invented, I spotted one in a mail-order catalogue. Ah, the miracle of that modern age! It looked small but I knew it was to be. No longer would we have to wait for a trip to the amusement park. Our home could smell like the good part of the county fair. We were going to be able to make honest-to-goodness real cotton candy right in our very own kitchen any time we felt like it! Wouldn’t that be fun?
It arrived UPS and we were excited to spin out some sugar. We spun and spun. Then we spun some more. I realized that over-indulging wasn’t going to be a problem as it produced doll-size portions. The paper cones that were included with the machine were used up almost immediately and my idea of twisting paper plates didn’t work very well. We could enjoy tasty tidbits, but dedicated time was required if you wanted any decent amount.
I remember making a novice mistake on the the 4th of July. I spent a lot of time filling up paper bags with cotton candy for the kids that would be playing at my house. It was one of those “bad mom moments” and cries of disappointment when it was time to distribute the bags. Inside each bag an unpleasant surprise awaited in the shape of a small melted lump of goo instead of the fluffy good stuff. I had no idea the paper would cause it to melt. I guess that’s why they sell it in plastic bags. Oops, and what a waste of time that had been. Our small cotton candy maker was fun to have around, but it was found wanting and mostly lived on top of the fridge next to the wok. At some point, I realized we hadn’t used it in years and sent it to appliance heaven.
Fast forward to this decade’s miracle of modern age: My daughter’s cotton candy maker is decorative, genuine and proves the old one to be a pathetic toy. The cost of $35.00 is about the same price I paid nearly twenty years ago. Someone thought up reusable plastic cones so there’s no worry about running out, Oh joy, it’s no time at all to make the kind of serving for which one wishes. At a recent sleepover, I easily filled up three two-gallon plastic bags.
In addition to sugar and cotton candy floss; you can choose to spin hard candy, even sugarless. I was excited to try wintergreen. My expectation was high. It was a bitter disappointment as it was too strong tasting. How could that be?
I have discovered I am purist when it comes to cotton candy. My daughter has no such boundaries. After receiving instruction on where not to touch and how to put the candies/sugar in, she and her friends have enjoyed spinning their own concoctions. They get a kick out of trying different combinations of hard candy and fruit flavored Life Savers are a hit. My only complaint is cleaning up spilled sugar from off the floor. I have no complaints on cleaning the machine.
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Lily Doe has written for ImperfectWomen.com since 2009. She has never been shy about sharing her opinion and enjoys writing on a variety of topics. Her life’s focus is sharing good times with family and friends.