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Nostalgia PCM405RETRORED Retro Hard & Sugar Free Candy Cotton Candy Maker
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- Clear rim guard allows for easy viewing
- Includes 2-reusable cones, 1-sugar scoop, and 1-extractor head
- Unit disassembles for easy cleaning
- Suction cup feet for stability
- Clear rim guard lets you see each batch being made
- Product Dimension: L 13 x W 13 x H 13 inches; Box Dimension: L 12 x W 12 x H 9 inches.
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Easy to Use
Add your favorite flavor of flossing sugar or hard candy to create wonderful fluffy creations. The unique extractor head does all the work.
Add your favorite hard candies and create a fluffy cone a delicious cotton candy.
Traditional Flossing Sugar
Keep it simple by adding your favorite flossing sugar. Create traditional fluffy cotton candy cones.
Watch What's Going On
The clear rim acts as a protective guard and allows for easy viewing.
Create fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth cotton candy from the comfort of home! Use your favorite hard candies or flossing sugar to create a fluffy cotton candy cones the whole family will love. The clear rim acts as a protective guard and allows for easy viewing of the cotton candy. The unit includes 2-reusable cones, 1-sugar scoop, and 1-extractor head.
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I fired it up yesterday when it arrived and could not be more pleased with the results. I used a single Jolley Rancher, crushed up with a hammer in a ziplock bag and poured carefully into the provided tablespoon scoop. I then topped of the rest of the tablespoon with regular old white sugar. Let it heat and spin for 10 minutes, then turn it off for just long enough to add the sugar/candy without it spraying everywhere. Turn it back on immediately.
Use the stick vertically only for long enough to attach the cotton candy to the cone. Then pull it out of the bowl and hold it horizontally above the center, rotating it and moving a bit as necessary to make sure you're pulling the candy out of the bowl. Worked fantastically for me. Taste was great, texture was great, after 1 or 2 tries I got the hang of it and it was really easy to use. Takes like 2 minutes or less to go through the 1 tbsp of sugar/candy, and made a reasonably good amount of cotton candy. Don't expect it to be a huge bag like you buy. I let it spin and heat for 5 minutes or so in between adding sugar to make another cone.
Later I got a bit ambitious and decided to try about 1.5-2 tablespoons, despite the instructions saying not to use more than 1 at a time. Sure enough, it converted most of the sugar/candy into a ring of melted sugar flung around the edge of the bowl and actually made about 50% LESS cotton candy than just using a single tablespoon. So I guess stick to the directions.
Cleanup was surprisingly easy. A little hot water on the bowl sections and the caked on sugar that I was sure would be a nightmare fell right off. I wiped it down with a soapy sponge and rinsed it. Total cleanup time was like 5 minutes.
I'm fully expecting to gain 70 pounds in the next month making cotton candy every day. This thing works if you use it right. Don't worry about the bad reviews.
-It does make cotton candy and you can use a variety of products. We bought the traditional flossing sugar but also hard candies. You can make sugar free cotton candy if you buy sugar free hard candies like Jolly Ranchers. I personally liked the traditional pink vanilla flossing sugar but the sugar free hard candies are great if someone is diabetic. We also did some funky flavors like using butterscotch candies for butterscotch cotton candy. You can have a lot of fun trying every flavor hard candy you can find.
-It is a small machine and has an attractive appearance. It fits nicely on my counter top and looks neat and fun.
-It is a good price. I got mine on sale for $31 and got free two day shipping with Amazon Prime.
-The machine doesn't produced much cotton candy. It makes enough for one or two people to enjoy.
-The machine can be REALLY loud. The plastic bowl and lid on the top of the machine don't really attach to the machine. They just sit on top. When the machine is on, the lid to the plastic bowl rattles around and you have to hold it with one hand.
-If you are making more than one cone of candy then it takes a lot of time. The floss doesn't come out very fast and not much sugar can be put into the maker before it runs out. I don't recommend it for producing a lot of cotton candy at once. We didn't use ours for the wedding because of this and ended up renting a commercial one instead.
Overall I liked the product but I wouldn't buy it again. It is a nice novelty gift and a fun toy to play with but it isn't good enough to produce a lot of cotton candy.