How to Make Cotton Candy at Home Without Expensive Equipment – Cotton candy, or Fairy Floss as it was then known, was created in 1899 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton, candy makers from Nashville, Tennessee. They combined a spinning plate with a gas burner. When sugar was added, it created the delicious threads of sugar we know and love as “Cotton Candy’.
What You Need to Make Cotton Candy at Home
The ingredients to make cotton candy at home are pretty basic and you should have most, if not all, of them already in your kitchen.
The ingredients needed for the candy include sugar, water, white corn syrup and food coloring (any color you prefer).
The supplies needed to form cotton candy are also pretty simple. You’ll need a heat proof bowl (Pyrex works well), a v-rack, newspaper and a whisk with the ends cut off.
A v-rack is used in roasting pans and you can buy one in the kitchen ware section of most department stores. However, if you don’t have access to a v-rack and you still want to make cotton candy at home, don’t worry! You can still do it. You just need some sort of metal rack that you can spread the cotton candy threads across. I once wrapped my dish rack in aluminum foil and used that. There’s bound to be something around your house you can use.
For the whisk, if you have an extra one that doesn’t see much use, just snip the ends off with a wire cutter or something similar. You can also buy a very inexpensive whisk, for a dollar or less, snip the ends off and designate it for cotton candy making.
Make Cotton Candy at Home – Step #1
Combine 2 ½ cups of sugar, 1 ½ cups water and 2/3 cup white corn syrup in a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until it reaches 300 degrees. A food thermometer really comes in handy here. If you don’t have one, just make sure the mixture has turned to a liquid and has begun to boil. Do not overcook.
Make Cotton Candy at Home – Step #2
Once the mixture has reached 300 degrees, remove it from the heat. In your heat proof bowl, add a few drops of food coloring. Red or blue work nicely but feel free to experiment. Add the sugar mixture to the food coloring. Stir with the open-ended whisk.
Make Cotton Candy at Home – Step #3
Set the v-rack on the newspaper to cut down on the mess. Now, dip the whisk into the syrup mixture and spread across the v-rack, forming threads of sugar. It should only take a minute or two to dry.
Make Cotton Candy at Home – Step #4
Once it dries, roll it up and enjoy your home made cotton candy! You can eat your cotton candy as-is or try rolling it up on a stick. You can even make a cone out of paper to hold your sugary creation. No matter how you eat it, you made cotton candy at home without expensive equipment!