Though it may never have crossed your mind to have Santa place a cotton candy machine under your tree, I’ll bet that if you fly it past the kids, they’ll provide you with the answer for which you seek.
And don’t bother whining about the whole sugar buzz thing because it’s a myth.
Dental objections however may be another story. So just make them brush after every meal, if you want to call it that, of cotton candy.
Don’t tell the kids (if you can) about the sugar free cotton candy mix.
In this lens we’ll talk about the different kinds of cotton candy makers available. From the small inexpensive ones to the larger ones and everything in between.
Amazingly, you don’t have to wheel in some big cumbersome machine like you see at the fair to make cotton candy in the comfort of your own home. But you could if you wanted to. We’ll get to that later.
Toy stores and some hardware stores, usually those on a larger scale, have a couple of different choices when it comes to these sugar weavers. Small, compact models (like the one shown here) can run right around $35.00. And yes, a cheap cotton candy machine will work great and make delicious candy.
You can get a machine similar to those at the county fair for somewhere in the vicinity of $288.00. These larger models are not just bigger but beautiful. They will take you back to your childhood and strolling around the old country fair back when cotton candy came in a box for only 25 cents. At that time it probably cost twice that for admission. Today, that’s equivalent to about $6!
These days, you will find delicious cotton candy look-alike in bags and the real thing can still be found at carnivals worldwide.
Nostalgia Cotton Candy Machine
Those who are looking for a small cotton candy maker usually end up with one from Nostalgia Electrics. These are inexpensive and really fun to use. And of course, the cotton candy is yummy. This is the machine to buy if you want to make cotton candy with your kids, but it’s also great for you to make alone too!
And did you know that with one of the Nostalgia models you don’t even need powdered sugar? You can just drop in a piece of hard candy and watch it do it’s magic. The model was featured on HSN.
What Else Do You Need?
Nothing really, but these will help
Of course now that you have your cotton candy machine, you’ll need some additional sugar and some cones. Sure you get some with the machine, but once you find out how much fun it is and how good it tastes, you’ll be needing more well before you expected.
Everybody’s getting into the act, it seems. Even good old Bed, Bath and Beyond sells a small cotton candy machine!
Now if you want to be the hit of the neighborhood you want to go to a true candy supplier and get an industrial model. With it you can buy accessories and supplies in bulk such as paper cones, floss bubbles, flavors, displays, medium sized machines or fancy shmancy carts.
Of course if you make this kind of investment you might want to check into what is required for you to wheel your cart up and down the street at city parades, festivals and other events.
You can sell both premade-packaged and ready-made cotton candy as the kids watch. How hard could it be?
And you can usually get these machines for between $250 and $300.
If buying seems like too big of a step, you could always rent a cotton candy machine for your next big neighborhood cook out. And it only makes sense that a great place to rent one from is your local party store.
You might have to do a search on your computer to find the closest rental near you. Rental prices can range in the approximate areas of $40 for delivery and 1 day usage and $30 for supplies. Places that rent carnival games, helium tanks and balloons and the likes are also fabulous places to rent from.
Hey, if the cotton candy machine and cart doesn’t work out, you could always check into a popcorn cart for next year!