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Out of all the 'toy' food makers I've bought over the years this candy floss maker is the worst by far. I wouldn't mind but I bought two costing me £25 each. I got them from Toy r Us I think. I saw one at a car boot sale not long ago but I can't find one in main stream shops on line at the moment but if you come across one I really wouldn't bother, even for a couple of quid at a jumble sale. Infact one of the mums from school took hers back to the shop it was that bad, I of course had lost the receipt.
The principle sounds great, plenty of easy candy floss when ever you fancy. I can't remember if it came with sugar sachets, I did however buy a packet separately, they retail on ebay at the moment for about a fiver for 250g so not cheap.
In the box you get a rather large pink candy floss 'wand', being pink didn't bother the boys. The bowl isn't very big though a bit bigger than a cereal bowl. This is attached to a pole with which you hold the machine. The base allows the maker to stand up. The bowl has a plastic cover which fits well, to be honest the thing was well made. Also in the box you get a rechargeable battery pack which needed to be charged for- from memory- 8 hours. Once fully charged you insert it into the wand and you're ready to make candy floss..or not..The whole thing is about a foot long and relatively heavy to hold up. On the plus side the button is easy to press.
Firstly you switch the unit on and pour the sugar into the bowl, I used candy floss sugar and then ordinary granulated sugar when that ran out and both had the same result. The sugar starts to get hot and then spun into tiny wisps of candy floss which gradually appear. I wouldn't want to touch the nodule thingy in the middle of the bowl whilst it's on.
What a disappointment this really was, it was terrible. Hours of battery charging resulted in a very short life not even enough to produce a tea spoons worth of candy floss. After making a tiny amount of candy floss the battery would need charging again, I don't think I had a faulty one because they were both equally bad.
I wish the kids hadn't seen them they were an expensive and time consuming mistake.
1 star because I have to..
Who doesn't love candy floss? The sensation of those soft sugary pillows dissolving on your tongue is simply divine. It tends to be a once a year treat in our family as it is only available to buy when we go to the fair so what better way to enjoy the sugary treat all year round than buy a candy floss maker to use at home.
The hand held candy floss maker comes in at around £20 and is battery operated. It is simple to use, let it warm up and then add a measure of sugar and food colouring if you want and the magic machine is meant to turn those ingredients into nice fluffy candy floss. You can also buy special candy floss sugar which is already coloured and flavoured but it is much cheaper to buy simple white granulated.
The machine does work, it does make candy floss but the problem is that it is a long slow process. If you have ever seen a commercial candy floss machine at the circus then you will notice that they are huge drums which heat up really hot whilst this is a pathetic little plastic toy. The amount of candy floss made with each use of the machine is miniscule, so little that it is hardly worth putting it on a stick. It would take several hours to make a candy floss as big as the ones you buy at the fair as you would have to repeat the whole process dozens of times.
This is one of those toys which is a total waste of money, it is likely to be appealing to kids because of the bright colours and the fact they think they can do a grown up cooking activity but I can guarantee if you buy it that it will be used a couple of times and then chucked to the back of the cupboard.
We bought this Candy Floss maker years ago when our little lad had been to his first birthday party (a girl) and she had got one as a present. He insisted he wanted the same one and we managed to find one reduced to half price in Woolworths at about £12. We hated it on sight, mainly because of the bright gaudy colours - purple, pink, yellow and a dash of turquoise. He loved it!
It was nicely packaged and came with a full set of instructions. The second reason we hated this gadget was because it was such a masive disappointment to our little lad (and to us too). The blurb says one thing (ie it produced lovely brightly coloured candy floss) but actually you don't.
It is run by 4 x AA batteries and is about ten to twelve inches tall and made of cheap plastic and looks tacky. You have to add granulated sugar with the little scoop that comes with it and turn it on to heat up. This bit takes ages, and imagine having to tell a three year old over and over "it won't be long now, son".
When it was finally ready to go, no-one could hear themselves think for the noise - like a couple of drills and the candy floss that was produced was miniscule. We got teeny tiny little white transclucent wisps that was so tiny it wasn't worth putting it into your mouth. It reminded me of the hairy bits that fall off the cat when she moults in the summer months - only less of it.
Our son was so disappointed and we were disappointed for him. We felt there had been this big build up and we were all let down. We have since had another two candy floss makers and they have been far superior to this one.
I would not recommend this at all.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
I am a real candy floss addict - I can't wait for a fair to arrive - not for the rides but for the candy floss stalls it brings with it.
When I saw this advertised on TV many years ago I couldn't wait to buy it and as I had a birthday coming up it went straight on the list. I wasn't disppointed by birthday arrived and there wrapped up was my Candy Floss maker - and that's where I should have left it because it was all downhill from then on.
I opened the box - read the instructions - first disappointment the machine could only be operated with the rechargeable battery pack included and that needed 8 hours to charge up!!! No candy floss for breakfast then!!
8 hours later - disappointment number two - it doesn't really work - just about got a mouthful of candyfloss.
Disappointment number three - the battery lasted about 10 mins (if that) and so I couldn't make any more for another 8 hours!!!!
This was a real waste of money - for the £25 that it cost I could have bought lots of candy floss at the fair - don't know if I can rate it as zero stars but I would certainly like to.
I know its no longer on sale but its the sort of thing that may turn up at car boot sale - don't be tempted to buy it whatever the price!!!
Toy candy floss making machine.