Tuesday 5 November 2013

REVIEW: Candy Floss Machine from Argos

Candy floss is the reason why I love the seaside and fairgrounds so much, it's light texture and appealing smell bring back so many childhood memories. It's such a unique food, its always fascinated me! I've been wanting a Candy Floss machine for a while, but as with a lot of kitchen appliances I didn't want it to be yet another product that would be used once and then join the juicer, toastie maker and chocolate fountain at the back of the kitchen cupboards. I did my research before deciding which candy floss machine to buy and after reading some rather terrifying reviews about one machine (it caught on fire!) I wanted a machine with a lot of positive reviews. The Argos Pretty Pink Candy Floss Maker came out shining, with over 11 pages of reviews and 90% saying they would recommend it to a friend. It was also the cheapest candy floss maker I could find, at £19.99 (currently on offer from £29.99), such a bonus.
The machine comes with 10 paper cones and a scoop for the sugar, so almost everything you need to get started. The only thing you have to provide is the sugar, I didn't realise how simple candy floss is, it isn't some fancy sugar it's just caster sugar! You can of course dye the sugar any colour you want, with food colouring, but essentially it's just our kitchen cupboard staple - amazing.
To start making the candy floss you have to turn on the machine for 5 minutes, this gives it time to heat up. Once the 5 minutes has passed you turn the machine off again.  
You then add one measure, using the scoop provided, of caster sugar. Before I added it I mixed it with some green food colouring, but in hindsight I should have added some more because it didn't come out very green.
You pour the sugar into the middle part of the machine, ensure it's really well in there because otherwise when the disk starts to spin some of the sugar will come out. However it doesn't matter too much, thanks to the brilliant design the protective guard (the clear plastic part with stars and moons on) stops any molten sugar flying all over the kitchen.

You can then turn the machine back on and within 3 minutes the candy floss with start coming out. To be honest my expectations of a small machine like this one were low, but I was proven wrong. Within 3 minutes finely spun candy floss started to appear, using the paper cone provided you can collect it.

They recommend you start by rotating the cone around the inside of the bowl and then bring it out and hold it parallel to the spinning disk and keep turning. I couldn't believe how simple and quick it was to create candy floss at home!
Look how much candy floss only 1 teaspoon of sugar made!! It's so light and there's so much of it for such a small machine. I'm so impressed with the Argos Pretty Pink Candy Floss machine, I'd recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to get some more use out of it, as we have some dinner parties at our new house!
Have you tried making your own candy floss before?
Feel free to leave me a comment :)



  1. Mmmmm, i love candy floss haha
    I'd love my own little machine, might be bad for my teeth though..
    love victoriajanex

  2. I was thinking about buying my sister one of these for Christmas and I'm so glad I came by your blog because now I know where to look! Sounds great!!


  3. Me and the other half are huge fans of vintage fairgrounds so I think this would fit in perfectly into our house! Other half isn't keen though - think I need to work on him to convince him :-) x

  4. Oh my gawd, this is amazing! I adore candy floss, and would so love to be able to make some at home! I always buy tons in the summer at fairs and fetes. This is SO on my Christmas list!

  5. It's so nice to see a glowing review of a product that I sell regularly at work! Hmmmm I want candyfloss now! ;)

    These Days area Fast

  6. I love candyfloss so much, so i definitely need this! xx

  7. Oh my! I might just have to go out and buy one now after reading this! How adorable and I can't believe how good the price is!

    Danielle x
    The Cocktail Composition

  8. was it easy to clean afterwards???

    1. Not too bad, considering there was sticky sugar in there :)

  9. My sudden dislike of sweets came out of blue. No candies and no chocolates :)


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