“ Small kitchen electro type: Floss Maker „
In our house this item comes out at certain times of the year: Birthdays, Halloween and Bonfire Night. It is extremely popular at such events with my own children, nephews and nieces - and indeed with a great many others who seem to gravitate towards our home at Halloween once they know little bags of candy floss are being distributed from our door.
The product is mains operated and there are basically 2 parts to it - the base part from which the candy is spun and the large plastic bowl which catches the fine fronds of candy as they emerge. The plastic bowl fits onto the base with little slots that must be aligned up so the bowl does not shift about when the machine is on and it stays level. There are suction cups on the bottom of the base for added stability during usage. It is important that the machine is set up as per the enclosed user instructions before it is turned on.
Making the candy floss is easy. Once the machine is ready to use a single teaspoon of sugar can be inserted into the machine. Once switched on the machine heats up very quickly and the spinning disc in the centre soon starts to distribute the candy into the bowl which must be collected quickly by swirling around with a candy floss stick. CAUTION: The centre of this machine has a heating element which gets very hot. It has to be hot to melt the sugar but great care must be taken when using it. Personally, I have never yet let trusted a child to gather the candy for themselves - in my opinion this is an adult use only product. We have had ours for a long time and it has always worked reliably.
The machine is easy to set up and operate. What you get from one spoon of sugar is a surprisingly decent quantity of candy floss - No, we're not talking the amount you get from a vendor at the fair with their huge professional use machines - but for home purposes I think it qualifies as a nice little treat and the children are bound to love it. The candy floss appears quite quickly once the machine has warmed up and it is easy to collect in the bowl.
If there are a lot of 'customers' for you to serve - then be prepared to stand over a hot, sticky machine for quite a while. The machine does not make candy floss at the same speed or in the same quantities as the commercial ones. Some patience is required and the machine must be attended at all times when in operation.
The candy floss maker is a pain to clean. At the end of the evening there is a large bowl with encrusted sugar to clean off. The bowl is approx. 34cm across. After a long session making candy floss there will also be candy floss in my hair, on the work-surface and on the cupboards - not because I'm clumsy you understand, but the fronds are often very fine and some inevitably make their escape before they are collected. The main con to this item, however, is storage. For something that only rarely makes an appearance it takes up a lot of room in the cupboard.
Currently this item is available on eBay for £19.99 plus £6.99 P+P.
To me a candy floss maker like this is a trade off: the children appreciate it - but it's extra work for you.
Ever since I was a child I've always had a soft spot for candy floss, every fair we went to I had to have some. When I saw this candy floss maker advertised in the catalog we had lying around the house I didn't feel like I had any option but to purchase it! The machine only cost me £12 at the time, which felt like a great bargain seeing as at the cinema you pay over £2 for a small tub of candy floss and I can have unlimited for only £12.
This machine is very simple to use and set up. It consists of three components, the base with the attached plug and switch, the bowl and the spinning centre. All you have to do when setting up is place the spinning centre on top of the base and twist the bowl onto the base also, this can be done in any order. So as you can tell getting it ready to use is super fast and fool proof.
To use the machine you just need to add a spatula full of sugar to the centre of the spinning dish then flick the power switch. The product immediately starts to spin and heat up. When you first use the machine it takes about five minutes for it to heat up to the appropriate heat, so I found myself waiting around for a bit before any candy floss was actually being made. The fact that the machine works by heat really worries me in terms of it being a children's product, if you're looking to buy this for your child then keep in mind they will have to be supervised at all times.
Once the machine has fully heated up strands of floss starts to shoot out from the centre, once there is a reasonable amount of strands you need to twirl your stick around the bowl and start to pick them up, once you have the candy floss stuck on the stick you can just hover and twist the stick above the bowl and soon a wand of candy floss will be created. It takes about 7 minutes for you to get one wands worth when you first start the machine, however the times after that it only takes a couple minutes.
I find that after a few rounds of using the machine it gets too hot and the performance starts to suffer. I recommend that you take a break after every three rounds to ensure the machine doesn't burn up in flames or just burn out, because of this I'd say that the machine isn't very ideal for children's parties or in situations where it will be in demand.
Cleaning this product is an absolute nightmare! Crystals tend to form around the edge of the bowl which you have to scrape off after use and the spinning dish alsotends to have burnt sugar on the insides of it. I find it extremely hard to clean the insides of the spinning dish and over time it has became very stained and grotty which to be prefectly honest, puts me off of using the machine more than I used to.
Because of the issue with cleaning I've ditched this model and upgraded to Princess's newer candy floss machine which claims to be easy to clean and safer for children. I haven't had a chance to try it out yet and test the claims, but fingers crossed!
Overall I think this product is good for the price and does produce pretty good candy floss, however I think the safety and ease of cleaning brings the quality of this product down.
My brother was kind enough to buy me this for Christmas last year and it's provided me with a great deal of fun throughout the year!
The candyfloss maker requires part assembling before you're ready to use it but the instructions are easy to follow and clipping the guard on etc is really straight forward and easy to do. The maker is mains powered and so you must have a flat surface to sit it and somewhere to plug it in. The kitchen worktop seems the logical choice! The kit comes complete with candy floss sticks and a scoop for measuring out sugar.
The unit must be switched on initially in order to preheat and once switched on the central part of the candy floss maker spins quite fast and the heating element within begins to warm up. The speed and temperature both mean that this isn't something for small children and I'd highly recommend that older children be supervised whilst using it. After a few minutes the unit is hot and must be switched off in order to place a scoop of cane sugar in the central section. The maker is then switched back on and the sugar heats up. After a few more minutes the sugar is up to temperature and cobweb-like threads of candyfloss can be seen forming around the bowl. At this point you twizzel the candy floss stick back and forth whilst running it aruond the bowl to make traditional candyfloss on a stick.
I found the unit suprisingly easy to use! I don't know what I expected but I was pleasantly suprised by the speed and ease of making my favourite treat on a stick. I was a bit worried the first time I used it as I didn't realise it would take a few minutes for the candy floss threads to appear but once the threads start forming it's a swift process. And I was outright amazed at the tiny amount of sugar used to create a huge amount of candy floss (and my hips were quite happy too!). Twizzling the stick to get the candy floss to form an even mass takes a little practice but it's not difficult in any shape or form. A major plus is that the majority of the removable parts are dishwasher safe.
The only minor issue is that the spinning central section tends to throw a few grains of sugar out before the sugar warms up. Most were caught by the guard provided though and only a minor clear up was needed afterwards.
I can't recommend this highly enough!
What child doesn't like candy floss, its the first stall at the fair my girls stop at.
I bought this for christmas as a present between my girls last year as i had some argos vouchers to use and i like to get them a decent present that's not toys and make up.
The candy floss make cost £19.99 from argos.
It is very simple to use.
The base has cups as feet so it sticks to the surface and that's a good idea as it vibrates when in use. The bowl sits on top and has to be clicked into place then there is a on off button on the front.
The candy floss maker also comes with a little measuring spoon to put the sugar in the middle of the silver part that sticks up in the bowl once you have done that it can be switched on, it takes a few minutes for the webs to start coming out at this point you need a stick to start winding the webs of floss on the stick soon you will have a fluffy mound of candy floss yum.
The bowl is easy to clean.
It the box was some easy to follow instructions, 10 sticks, measure spoon and the princess candy floss machine.
Great fun and tasty, can even add a drop of food colouring for some pink, green, blue candy floss.
I highly recommend.
I got this candyfloss maker for christmas this year, as i'm still a big kid and I couldn't resist the idea of making my own candyfloss whenever I wanted :-)
So.. The machine comes wrapped in the packaging along with the instructions.
It is so easily assembled and only take a few seconds.
It did look pretty complicated , but I give it a go anyway.
You get a little spoon with the unit to put the sugar into.. All you need is standard sugar that you have at home.. ~I know.. how unhealthy is this~
You let the unit heat for a few minutes, There is a spinning devise in the middle that turns very fast and heats at the same time. This little circular part is where you place the sugar :-)
After about 3 mins you gradually pour the sugar in, some can fly all over the place as the middle unit is spinning so fast and its very hard to get it all in.
In around 4 mins the candyfloss starts forming .. YAY!! :-)
**You get paper rods with the pack to make the candyfloss**
You take one of these and place around the circular outter rim of the devise, then you lift it slightly above the machine and wind round and round forming candyfloss.. The candyfloss itself almost seems like cobwebs due to the texture. My first attempt at this failed, but my next attempts were a total success, I can now make huge candyflosses (just as big as the funfairs) and they taste exactly the same. The only difference is the colour, i'm not sure how they turn them pink.. Maybe a colour in the sugar.
Even though they are white they really do taste just like the real thing.
I'm not sure if I would reccommend for children as the element inside gets very very hot, so a lot of adult supervision is definately needed.
To clean the devise you just wipe around with a damp cloth..
Thet retail for around £9.99-£14.99
I would really reccommend buying one, it'll bring you back to those days at the fairs and also keep the whole family entertained.
For once this gadget arriving had nothing to do with me. My two sons spotted this on holidays for £11.99 and asked if they could buy it with some of their holiday money, obviously I love silly gadgets so after a pretend moment of hmming I said yes as long as you clean it. They both immediately agreed and our newest toy was unceremoniously dumped in the boot awaiting the long journey home.
The night after arriving home the boys excitedly emptied out the box to find a silver main body for the machine, a rotating disk and an enormous silver coloured plastic bowl with the centre missing, a measuring spoon, and some wooden candyfloss sticks. When I say enormous I mean its about 14 inches in diameter and about 4 inches high (wider than my sink) and that was when the realization set in that I had absolutely no room in any cupboard to hide it away in when it was not in use.
- - How did it look - -
The boys (13 + 11) were easily able to put the pieces of kit together and although the silver base looked well the silver plastic bowl on top looked a little cheap. There are suction feet which gives it a more stable and safe effect especially when children are using it.
- - How to Use It - -
After putting the machine together which was very quick you switch it on and let it heat up for about five minutes. In the centre of the body of the machine was a little hole for the sugar. When the machine has heated you switch it off and you simply fill the measuring spoon with sugar white or coloured, I wouldn't be much of a baker so I don't know where to buy coloured sugar or why anyone does or what its for, so we stuck with plain white sugar. Empty the sugar into the hole which has turned red and turn the machine back on again. The disk begins to rotate and the sugar gets warmed through . Once the sugar reaches a high enough temperature, probably three to four minutes and has melted little webs of sugar begin to form inside the large dish.
Now comes the fun part, rolling your own candy floss. You need to start by winding your wooden stick around against the edge of the dish, once a base has been established you can wind the stick around more towards were the sugar web is frothing out from the hole. This is by far the most enjoyable part of the
- - Does it work - -
The candy floss on the stick certainly looked as good as anything you will find at the fairground and tasted equally good the only problem was how little candy floss was achieved by the maximum one scoop of sugar at a time. I would estimate it at about a 5th of what you would receive on a shop bought one. You then either start eating it or add another scoop of sugar to try and get a larger candy floss. When you have a line up of kids awaiting their turn, they are not going to be pleased if the first person takes 15 minutes or more to try and get a decent sized candy floss while they wait.
I had thought this would be fun for parties or the kids friends coming round but it is not suitable for more than one or two kids due to the long wait and kids well known impatience for goodies.
- - Clean up - -
As I only allowed it to be purchased on condition that the boys cleaned it up themselves I can't go into too much detail on this but I did have a nosey the first night it was out and it seemed to be done quite quickly and without any complaints, which from
two boys washing up is unusual.
- - Would I buy it again - -
On the downside we came home from holidays in July and this machine has only been used twice in four months. The amount of candyfloss achieved is small and it also takes up an awful lot of room and is presently split between two cupboards.
It was good fun and winding your own candy floss is great but I don't even think it was worth the small amount of £11.99 which the boys paid and would not purchase it again even at a much lower price.
Turns a single spoonful of sugar into candy floss in minutes! Silverspray finish / Suction cup feet for stability / Large dishwasher-safe bowl / Measuring scoop and sticks included / 450 Watts / Unique candy floss machine with an attractive silver-coloured finish / Turns a spoonful of sugar into delicious and attractive candy floss in a trice.