Pink, blue, or purple?

Sugar or candy floss?

Whatever you call it, there’s no doubt that cotton candy is one of the most iconic carnival and fairground snacks. And while it might seem like making cotton candy would be a complicated process, it’s actually quite simple—you don’t even need a machine!

All you need is some sugar, a strainer, and a bit of patience.

I'm going to share with you my step-by-step guide on how to make this delicious treat without any fancy equipment. Just follow along and you'll be munching on your very own cotton candy in no time!

What You'll Need to Make Cotton Candy

  1. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  2. 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. food coloring (optional)
  5. large pot
  6. spider strainer or slotted spoon
  7. candy thermometer
  8. wooden spoon
  9. wax paper

Step-by-Step Instruction

Step 1: Combine the sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and food coloring (if using) in the pot. Stir until the ingredients are fully combined.

Step 2: Place the pot over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook the mixture until it reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit, monitoring it closely with a candy thermometer.

Step 3: Once the mixture has reached 300 degrees, remove the pot from the heat and carefully pour it into the spider strainer or slotted spoon. Allow the candy to cool slightly so that you can handle it.

Step 4: Working quickly, use your hands to stretch and twist the candy until it forms thin strands. Wrap the candy around your fingers or a fork to form spirals. Alternatively, you can wrap the candy around skewers to make cotton candy sticks.

Step 5: Allow the cotton candy to cool and harden on wax paper. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for later. Enjoy!

Bottom Line

That's all there is to it! Now you know how to make cotton candy without machine.

This recipe is quick, easy, and sure to please any sweet tooth. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try today!

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