I immediately checked out the site and was pretty excited to get to review something. They have tons of stuff, and it is all straight across the board, from photography stuff all the way to tattoo kits!
They gave me a few things to choose from to review and I chose the cotton candy machine. I thought this may a great option for my clientele as many brides are looking for unique favors or things to do or have at their wedding and a cotton candy machine could be just the ticket!
Once I requested to product it came very quickly. I got it shipped to the states and picked it up just over the border.
The cost of the cotton candy machine at the shop was $50.00. I knew for $50.00 I could not expect the world or the best quality and it was pretty much just that.
Here are the specs from the site:
- Color: Yellow
- Power: 450 Watts, 110V/AC
- Easy to operate with a ON-OFF Switch.
- All metal spinner for food safety and best producing performance.
- Comes with a safe and tough plastic cotton candy bowl.
- 15"" diameter bowl size to make larger cotton candy.
- The inner base and mechanisms are all made of metal.
- Tough and sealed plastic housing keeps the metal mechanisms from rusting.
- Easy to clean and portable.
- Please read the Instruction before using.
- 1x Cotton Candy Maker with Cotton Candy Spin
- 7x 50g Colorful Cotton Candy Sugar(Peach, Grape, orange, blue plum, Cantaloupe, Mango and Strawberry Favorite)
- 1x Spoon
- 1x Instruction Manual
I quickly set everything up and got to work quickly. It was very easy to set up and came with everything except a paper spinner to collect the cotton candy. I would highly recommend purchasing some of these first (not like me!) as it was hard to "twirl" the cotton candy with a spoon! :)
I did exactly as the instructions said and waited for my treat. The instructions said it would take 2-3 minutes for the cotton to start forming, but it did not! I started to get a little worried, turned the machine off and then started it again and left it for a bit. I would recommend for first time users that it takes about 10-15 minutes (instead of 2-3 minutes) for the cotton to start forming. Once it did though, I got cotton candy!
I used purple (grape) on my first try. It comes with tons of different colors though (seven to be exact), with flavours like, peach, grape, orange, plum, cantaloupe, mango and strawberry. Once i got my first batch (and ate it, YUM!) I started making other colours, those batches only took 2-3 minutes to come in. (as per the instructions). I could work on them continuously and did not have to turn the machine off. Soon enough I had a couple of balls of cotton candy!
I should state however that you do not get the big fluffy cotton candy that you image at the fair, they were much smaller. This could have been my error though when not using a cone, or because the machine is plastic and smaller.
I think this would be great for a wedding. I would recommend making the cotton candy ahead of time though and maybe placing them into small bags as favors. Its a little work but it would look pretty!
Overall i would recommend the product. You basically get what you pay for. The site does carry more expensive, industrial cotton candy machines and i would imagine those would be of better quality and produce the bigger fluffier cotton candy that one sees in the movies :)
Please do check out thelashop.com though, they have TONS of amazing stuff! I spent hours there pawing over all the different items they have. Well worth it!