Candy floss, or spun sugar, has been around since the 16th century and is a great treat to enjoy during special occasions and holidays like Easter, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. If you’ve ever wanted to make candy floss at home but have no idea where to start, we have the step-by-step process right here. We’ll also provide you with our favorite candy floss recipe that you can use as an inspiration to create your delicious recipes. Happy candy flossing!
What is Candy Floss
Candy floss, candyfloss, or candy flake, is a light confection made of sugar and spun into thin threads that are often eaten on sticks. It is also known as fairy floss (and similar names), cotton candy, and several other names in different countries. The finished product is composed almost entirely of sugar; as it spins, dust-like particles of cornstarch are released into the air which then attracts moisture from the atmosphere creating a light foam – ‘cotton candy’ – which consists of dissolved sugar strands.
1 cup sugar 2/3 cup water 1 teaspoon flavoring (your choice) 3 drops yellow food coloring Directions: Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside. Place sugar and water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir constantly until the mixture begins to boil and turns golden brown. Remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes (mixture will thicken as it cools). Using an electric mixer or by hand, beat candy floss until smooth and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add flavoring and color, mixing well until thoroughly combined. Let candy floss cool before serving. Yield: 12 servings Total Time: 30 minutes Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Source
Steps on How to Make Candy Floss
Mix sugar and water in a large pot. Cook until it reaches 300 degrees. Dip string, skewer, or wooden stick into the mixture and pull out of the liquid. Put candy floss onto wax paper while still wet. Add cinnamon to the mixture if desired. When candy floss is cool enough to handle, roll in a bowl of food coloring or sprinkles. Allow colored candy floss to dry on wax paper overnight before serving. Store finished pieces in an airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature or three months in refrigeration.
While candy floss is easy to prepare, it can be a little tricky. If you’re not careful, you can end up with sticky strands of half-cooked sugar all over your kitchen! These tips will help you make perfect candy floss every time