A couple of weeks ago when summer break was on the horizon, I decided to be "fun mom" and ordered a bunch of floss sugar to use in our cotton candy machine. The machine we had was one my son got for Christmas two years ago. I remembered that it didn't work the best but I figured it was because we weren't using authentic cotton candy sugar.
I was wrong.
When the floss sugar arrived, my son was over the moon excited to make cotton candy and had plans to share it with the neighborhood. Can you imagine his disappointment when the damn thing spun for 30 minutes and only produced a tablespoon of cotton candy?!?
We checked a few stores and no one seems to sell them (usually around $40) and I'm pretty sure I know why - because they don't work!
Enter Amazon. It seems as though you have two choices when it comes to cotton candy machines: $40 shit versions that don't work OR $200+ machines. After debating it for over a week, I splurged. My rationale? We aren't going on a summer vacation this year ;)
This thing kicks ass! It is worth every single penny.
Yeah, it's big but the bowl detaches so storing it won't be an issue. However, I'm not sure we'll be storing it much. If my 10 year old has his way, it will become a permanent fixture in our kitchen like the refrigerator!
It didn't make as much of a mess as I thought it would so that's a plus. But I would recommend doing it outside or in the garage. I did not purchase the dome - that was an extra $80. And honestly, after using it twice, the dome would hinder collecting the cotton candy and it's an extra thing you'd have to clean. I also recommend having a second person to help because once your pour the sugar in, cotton candy immediately begins to fly!
It's safe to say I'm going to be the most favorite Aunt ever this 4th of July!