Candy Floss Machines

Written by Ingrid Chen
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Candy floss is a sweet treat often found in carnivals, street fairs and other public entertainment events and markets. Also known as cotton candy, candy floss is made purely of sugar and a little bit of food coloring. The sugar is spun into fine threads with the help of an automated machine. Most cotton candy is "made to order" at public events to ensure the warm taste that can only come from a freshly made batch.

The Mechanism Behind the Machine

The candy floss machine basically consists of a smaller bowl set inside a larger bowl. The smaller bowl has a heated rim to melt the sugar that is introduced into the machine. As the bowl spins quickly, small holes in the bowl allow fine threads of melted sugar to form in between the two bowls. The machine operator can then collect the sugar with a cone or stick into the fluffy mass we are most familiar with.

Candy floss machines as we now know it was an innovation of two Tennessee candy makers, William Morrison and John C. Wharton. Invented in 1897, the idea was to make a treat that could be produced quickly and with consistency, and which could be sold individually at public events. The machine was easily transported with traveling carnivals and fairs.

Starting a cotton candy business may be a great means of supplemental income, especially for individuals who are seasonally employed, such as schoolteachers or even enterprising students. A small amount of capital is required for creating a candy floss stand, most of which will be spent on the machine. After the initial costs, all supplies are very inexpensive and easy to replace. Despite the large appearance of each serving, a single serving actually requires very little sugar. Because sugar, food coloring and serving sticks are your main costs, the cash profits can be exceptionally high, to the advantage of the business owner.


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