Product Type: Princess electrical appliances
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Bringing the fun home!
Princess Candy Floss Maker
Member Name: kayleighmcharris
Princess Candy Floss Maker
Advantages: Provides entertainment and tasty treats
Disadvantages: Hard to clean and over heats quickly
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.
Summary: An okay product
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