For many of us, childhood memories of fairs or carnivals include the special taste of a cotton candy treat. You can recreate that taste by making your own out of cotton candy flavored syrup that you can make in your very own kitchen. (Yes please!) It’s quite easy and requires very few ingredients. Timing is key. Although the process is simple, be prepared to make a mess and spend considerable effort cleaning up afterwards.

Things You'll Need

How to Make Cotton Candy Flavored Syrup

Dump 5 cups of granulated sugar into a two-quart saucepan. A heavy-duty aluminum pan will give you good, even heat distribution and make the process easier.

Add one and a half cups of light corn syrup to the sugar. Use light corn syrup because it is clear, and you don’t want the color of the syrup to affect the final product.

Pour one cup plus one tablespoon of cold water into the sugar and syrup solution and stir to mix all the ingredients until they are well blended.

Cook over medium heat until the temperature reaches 320 degrees on a candy thermometer. The mixture will turn brown if you allow the temperature to go above 320 degrees, and it won’t set properly if you take it off the heat before it reaches 320 degrees.

Remove the mixture from the stove and pour it into an oven-proof bowl to stop the cooking process and prevent the syrup from turning brown.

Mix in any flavoring or food coloring you wish to use. Adding flavoring and food coloring are not necessary for the syrup, but will make your syrup more fun and flavorful.

Tips

  • Use the syrup you have made to make cotton candy by using a whisk with rounded ends, which have been cut off with wire cutters. Dip the cut off tines of the whisk into the syrup solution and slowly wave back and forth over an oven-cooling rack, and the liquid strands falling from the whisk will make cotton candy. If the syrup solution becomes too cool, you can re-heat it in a microwave oven