Back to Basics Cotton Candy Maker
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- This cotton candy maker comes with 6 disposable cones and a measuring scoop
- Make individual serving size cones in minutes using colored sugars or finely crushed candy
- The smaller size of this machine takes up little counter space
- The cotton candy kit is sold separately and includes cones and sugar packets
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Enjoy the smell and taste of old fashioned cotton candy right at home with this easy to use cotton candy maker
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But this little guy? I'm truly amazed. After screwing around with that Nostalgia thing for a month I could barely keep up with the speed this Back to Basics produced. And to all the people complaining about the size of the cone.....it's technique I promise you.
Something else I value highly.....this product is made by Westbend. As a precaution I wanted to purchase a new spinner head and bowl. I went to the website expecting a massive hassle and in less than 5 minutes had found the parts. They were so cheap I bought two....LOL.
CON....one con.....the bowl itself is very flimsy and cheap. I cracked it the first time I washed it (does not effect function) and it rattles...a lot. Earthquake putty took care of that little problem. :) But the price of a new one from Westbend....$5.99. Spinner heads.....$5.99
For the price you really can't beat this machine. And it really is technique...it just takes practice. And YES you can use plain sugar...YES you can make your own flavors with Koolaide (premixed with the sugar) or any type of extract added directly to the spinner head along with the plain sugar. NO you should not use sugarless candy no matter what the other machine says and NO you should not use extra fine sugar. I use the organic sugar Amazon sells....it works great. Have fun!
Upgrading to 5stars...it's now June 2012 and I am still delighted with this machine. I am over the "living on cotton candy" phase but still use it a couple times a week. The only slight "complaint" I have is that when it gets hot the plastic expands on the bowl and it gets loose...which is why it rattles. But a very minor thing compared to the performance for under $30
Update.... Do not use Lemonaid mix. Despite the flyer saying that you can use sugared drink mixes, it id not work for us but made a burney mess. Stick to flossing sugar for best results :0) It also seems that you can easily find replacement parts at westbend.com. I even found a coupon code for 30% off online.
I couldn't find any floss sugar locally so I used regular granulated sugar and it was great!! Following instructions and letting it pre-heat, we got big fluffy cotton candy clouds. One scoop (approx 1 tsp) resulted in one fluffy cone. For any additional cones you have to turn off the machine, wait for it to stop spinning, refill, and turn it back on again. For a home machine it's really awesome. Cleanup is annoying but not unmanageable after soaking in warm soapy water. Would definitely recommend for home use.
The instructions say you can use flavored drink mixes but I noticed that those didn't come out as good. We used Kool Aid drinks in different flavors mixed with white sugar and it didn't come out well at all - it clogged the machine and made clumps. Will be purchasing floss sugar online for flavor/color and using only that and regular granulated.
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