Party Trick: Homemade Cotton Candy Without a Machine

Are you a fan of soft, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth cotton candy? For me, that hot, melting taste of spun sugar is linked with summer fairs and festivals, and it holds a strong nostalgic sweetness. With just a little practice, and a little skill, you can make a fancied-up version of this treat at home, as Andrea from Cooking Books shows us.

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Andrea got this recipe from Gesine Bullock-Prado's new book, Sugar Baby (Stewart, Tabori & Chang: $17.61, Amazon). Bullock-Prado's book is a delightful romp through sugarcraft of all sorts — from macarons and marshmallows to stovetop spun sugar, like this cotton candy.

Andrea attempts it bravely, spinning hot strands of sugar into a golden cloud of cotton candy. No, it isn't as soft and fluffy as the version spun out by commercial machines at the fair, but it is still delicious and very fun to eat.

See more about her process and get the recipe:

Get the recipe: Homemade Cotton Candy at Cooking Books

Have you ever tried making cotton candy or spun sugar at home? How'd it go? We think little sticks of this stuff would make lovely party favors or after-dinner treats.

Related: How To Spin Sugar For Delightful Desserts

(Images: Andrea of Cooking Books)

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