The only good point of going to a fairground with the children is that I get to eat candy floss. Preferably a whole bag to myself, without sharing. Ignore the fact I might as well tip 1kg of sugar down my throat, it’s lovely stuff. My mother-in-law bought the children this pretty pink candy floss maker for Christmas. Brilliant was my first thought imagining massive sticks of fluffy sugary goodness. It is clever but it’s not brilliant. Purely because (unsurprisingly) one spoonful of sugar does not make a massive amount of candy floss.
Pretty Pink Candy Floss Maker
Firstly, you get the machine and a measuring spoon. You need to put the bowl together but after use it does fit back in the box still assembled, just separated from the heating unit. It runs on electricity, so no batteries are needed. The candy floss sugar got bought separately. Now this sugar is coloured and flavoured, but you could use regular sugar instead.
It is simple enough. You turn it on to heat up for a few minutes – keep children away from it, I burnt my hand on the heated spinning metal disc by mistake. Turn it off. Load it up with your spoonful of sugar and turn it back on and wait for the magic to happen.
The first few goes give a disappointing amount of candy floss, as you have the machine on longer it does get better. We ended up with a lot of re-crystallised sugar (that you can see in the bottom of the bowl – it still tasted lovely!)
Here’s my problem with it. Cleaning it. Ever tried getting melted then cooled sugar off a metal disc before? It’s hard work. The plastic bowl is ok when you soak it but sugar is now welded to this metal centre. I’ve heated it back up but still got some residue.
The manufacturer’s age recommendation for the Pretty Pink Candy Floss Maker is age 14 and over. This makes total sense due to the heat involved.
So, What do we Reckon?
The Pretty Pink Candy Floss Maker is easy to put together and chunky enough I think it will be durable. It is simple enough that the children could do it, but the heat rules this out from my point of view. Ignoring the bright pink colour, boys and girls love candy floss.
You can buy candy floss sugar online we have these sugar flavours pink vanilla, blue raspberry and orange from Amazon UK. At £9.99 (plus £4 delivery) they are quite expensive (January 2017 price), ordinary sugar is more appealing from a cost point of view. We have tried adding food colouring to ordinary granulated sugar to get the same effect. I suppose you could add flavours too, but I didn’t have any in the house.
No sticks come with it so don’t forget to buy those too. We have these bamboo skewers which were less than £2 including delivery (January 2017 price).
Keep an eye out in the pound shops, candy floss makers are regularly found there. The Pretty Pink Candy Floss Maker is actually very expensive on Amazon, but Argos currently have it for £17.99 (January 2017).
This will get used, maybe not regularly but it is a good treat reward without visiting a shop. No home candy floss maker will ever replace my love of the fairground bags though!