How Is Cotton Candy Made?

How Is Cotton Candy Made?

Cotton candy is made by heating sugar, water and corn syrup in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Whisk the sugar mixture around using wooden spoons, and roll onto paper to serve.

  1. Gather the ingredients and materials

    Cotton candy requires 5 cups granulated sugar, 1 1/3 cups light corn syrup, 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of water and food color paste. Wire cutters, a whisk, two long wooden spoons, a sauce pan, a glass bowl, a candy thermometer and a garbage bag are also needed.

  2. Prepare the space

    Cut open the garbage bag, and spread it out on the floor. Weigh the wooden spoons down, and position them so that they reach over a counter. Using the wire cutters, cut the rounded ends away from the whisk.

  3. Make the sugar mixture

    Mix the sugar, corn syrup and water in a sauce pan. Cook until the candy thermometer registers 320 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour the sugar mixture into a microwave-safe glass bowl, and add food coloring if desired. The sugar stays in liquid form for 10 minutes, and it can be microwaved if it starts to get hard.

  4. Whisk the sugar

    Dip the whisk into the hot sugar for one to two seconds. Keeping the whisk 12 to 18 inches above the spoons, quickly twirl the sugar strands from the whisk around the wooden spoons. The sugar strands drift and gather on top of the spoons. Collect the cotton candy with paper that has been shaped into a cone, and serve.