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How to Make Your Own Cotton Candy At Home

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Here is a fun way to make cotton candy at home anytime you want.

Our family got a little cotton candy machine for Christmas.

At first, I thought it was totally frivolous and we’d never use it. YES, it’s totally frivolous, but we use it a lot.

It is so much fun and it’s easy to use.

You can order Floss Sugar or just use hard candies. Sugar-free candy works too!

We’ve used both when we make cotton candy at home.

Cotton Candy Machine

If you are looking for a unique gift idea, I suggest one of these. This is the model we got.

This countertop unit runs in the $30-$35 range. It sets up quickly, is easy to operate, and cleans up easily.

I think it would be perfect as a wedding gift or even for someone going off to college.

blue cotton candy and pink cotton candy

How to Make Cotton Candy at Home

The easy to follow directions are at the end of this post.

The cotton candy maker requires a little assembly, which takes less than a minute to set up.

pink cotton candy being made with a cotton candy machine

Cotton Candy Supplies

The machine comes with two reusable cones.

We like to pull the cotton off and fill with more right away.

My kids also like to eat the built up hard sugar around the edge of the machine bowl.

It’s a delicious mix of all the flavors that were used to create the batch of cotton candy.

Check out the Pumpkin Spice Cotton Candy mix I created. It comes with a free cone printable or create your own.

We recommend that you clean the tabletop cotton candy machine right away. It will need to cool off just a little bit. If you wait until it has completely cooled off, you will have trouble pulling off the extractor head.

What do you think?

Would you buy one of these?

two hands holding blue and pink cotton candy

How to Make Cotton Candy

How to Make Your Own Cotton Candy at Home - Do you or your kids love to eat cotton candy but you don't want to go buy it? Check out how simple and fun it is to make your own cotton candy at home with this great little machine. It's easier than you think and makes a great gift!

Making Cotton Candy at home is fun and easy! Perfect for birthday parties or other entertaining.


  • floss sugar
  • hard candy


  1. Plug in the unit and let it warm up for 5-10 minutes. It needs to warm up 5 minutes for hard candy or 10 minutes for floss sugar.
  2. When it’s warmed up properly, turn the unit off and add the candy or sugar to the extractor head. It takes two hard candies or a scoop of floss sugar.
  3. Turn the switch back on. You will start to see the little flossy bits of cotton starting to form very quickly.
  4. Hold a cone horizontally across the top of the unit and turn it around and around to build up the cotton.
  5. Keep turning until you’ve collected all the cotton candy.
  6. Repeat the process with another cone, or just keep adding to the same cone to make it huge.

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Saturday 25th of February 2017

We have one of these and it works fantastic. Just can't figure out how to clean it.

Diana Rambles

Saturday 25th of February 2017

The little spinning heating disc comes off and needs to be soaked in warm water. It's really hard to remove, especially the longer you've owned it. We find it best to remove with a hot pad while it's still a little warm, but be careful not to bend it. We just put some hot water into the sink and let the parts soak. We let them dry completely before assembling the unit again.

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