Cotton candy is a treat that people associate with county fairs and trips to Disneyland. But it's not just for special occasions anymore. You can make maple cotton candy in your own home without a cotton candy machine.

Put sugar, water and corn syrup into the saucepan and turn the burner to medium-low heat.

Stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved. Raise burner temperature to high.

Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature. Once it reaches 310 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the pot from the heat.

Let the pot sit for about 15 seconds. Use that time to coat the bowl with nonstick cooking spray.

Dip the fork into the syrup and drizzle it into the bowl in a circular motion. Repeat until the bowl is full.

Eat the cotton candy out of the bowl.


Making cotton candy can be a messy affair, and having sticky floors can attract bugs. Consider cutting up a garbage bag and putting it on the floor before starting, just in case anything spills or splashes.


Avoid using a plastic spoon or a plastic bowl because plastic can melt at high temperatures.

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Samantha Herman earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University in 2005. Her professional writing career started in 2008, when she accepted an internship at "Willamette Week," a local alternative publication. Upon completing her internship, she became employed as a copywriter for an internet media company. In addition to copywriting, she has written articles for PDX Pipeline and eHow.