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Nostalgia PCM805 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
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Three ways to deliciousness!
Use your favorite hard candies to make delicious cotton candy. Use two of the same or mix them up - the possibilities are endless!
You can even use sugar-free hard candies. Great for diabetics or those watching their sugar intake.
Of course, you can always use flossing sugar to make sweet, melt-in-your mouth cotton candy!
The Nostalgia PCM805 Hard & Sugar-Free Candy Cotton Candy Maker creates fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth cotton candy. 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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So if it's not working out for you keep trying! Make sure the machine is good and hot, once hot don't keep it off for too long, and keep the stick held above the machine.
First off, here is what WON'T work with this machine:
* Skittles, Lemonheads or Boston Baked Beans
* Hot Tamales or Ike & Mikes
* Gummy Bears or Worms
* Gumballs or Round Candy
* Citrus Slices or Starburst
* Anything chewy, gummy or with too much cream
For best results, use no more than two pieces of candy (so it spins faster), but you can also cut/break candy into halves. One piece of candy on one side of the spinner, and two halves opposite that for better flavor combinations.
Good candy choices include Lifesavers (fruit, Hawaiian Fruit, Fruiteria, butter rum) but not their Mints (won't fluff), Werther's Original & Chocolate Hard Candies, Butterscotch, Cinnamon Discs, Peppermints, and Coffee (but not Nips). Brach's Soda Poppers (Root Beer, 7UP, Dr. Pepper, Orange Crush) work great, but only use one candy cut in half or it won't fluff right.
Here's what I've come up with so far:
* Orange Muffin: 1 Butterscoth + 1/2 Cinnamon + 1/2 Orange LS
* Turtle Frappe: 1 Hard Coffee + 1 Werther's Caramel Chocolate
* Raspberry Mocha: 1 Coffee + 1/2 Raspberry + 1/2 Werthers Choc.
* Chocolate Covered Strawberry: Strawberry LS + 1 Werthers Choc.
* Cherry Garcia: 1 Cherry LS + 1/2 Werthers Choc + 1/2 Vanilla
* Candy Apple: 1 Green Apple + 1 Cinnamon Disc
Your cotton candy will be fluffier with sugar-based candy, though sugar-free still works fine. Avoid candies that have too many non-sugar ingredients; heavy creams or actual peanut butter will cause it to not fluff.
For best results, DO NOT stir your cone in a circle around the spinner (like how you would stir a pot of soup). That only works on big machines, you'll be too close to your heat source and some of the candy will burn. Instead, do that for just a few seconds to get some fluff on your cone. Then wave the cone side to side a few inches above the spinner, while slowly spinning it in your hand (like the way you twist your fork with spaghetti on it). That twisting will pull fluff towards your cone; you can even raise the cone a few inches every so often to pull more fluffed candy up and out of the bowl. Mostly you want to keep it away from the hot spinner.
This is a really fun product, and you're given many ways to experiment with flavors. Definitely get your hands on one.
The trick is completely heat the elements before putting the candy/sugar in. (I used floss sugar three times tonight. I still need to experiment with candy.)The booklet said to heat it for at least five minutes if using candy and ten minutes if using sugar. I turned it on and let this baby heat for a full 15 minutes. I poured in a tablespoon of the sugar and quickly turned it back on. Within a couple of minutes, the floss began to fly. Paper cones seem to stick to the candy a bit better than the plastic cones that came with the machine, but it's still nice to have reusable cones!
Granted, my cones weren't masterpieces,(one even came out looking like "Judy Jetson's hairdo") but believe me, I got a GOOD amount of cotton candy out of one serving of floss. I took pictures and will hopefully add them to my review when I have more time. If you don't rush the heating time and be patient, you will get a big, fluffy ball. The candy was the perfect consistency. After taking a bite, my husband looked at me with adoration in his eyes and told me he loved me. Oh yes.
Each batch came out perfectly and they didn't take long to make. Our new little kitchen gadget is a hit, so far. It produces fluffy happiness and love.
If you are considering a machine like this for home use, I highly recommend it.
Well, it's the second night of owning this machine and we need practice making cones. (That's our excuse, anyway!) So, we had another fun time making huge, fluffy cones to eat. We made several more out of floss sugar, which turned out as beautiful as the previous batches. We tried a couple of peppermint candies as the last batch. OH my goodness, it was delicious! We still had better results with the floss sugar, but only in the quantity and "fluffy factor." The candies made less and were a bit more brittle than the what the sugar floss produced, but it was still very, very good tasting. I have downloaded a couple of pictures using my subpar laptop, so I hope they turn out okay! Thanks for reading!
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Small yields and slow.