Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Cheap as chips
Everyone loves candy floss, especially kids. Now, with this great homemade recipe, you don't have to wait for a fun fair to come to town - you can make it yourself! It takes a bit of effort but it's definitely worth it.
- 800g sugar
- 240ml corn syrup
- 240ml water
- ¼tsp salt
- 1 tsp raspberry extract (or any flavor you like)
- 2 drops pink (or any color) food coloring (optional)
- A 'decapitated’ whisk - see the tip
To make a decapitated whisk, snip the tines at the end of a wire whisk with a wire cutter so you have straight metal branches
- Cover 8 cardboard paper-towel tubes with parchment. Set aside. With a damp pastry brush, wipe down the sides of the pan to prevent stray sugar crystals from forming.
- In a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Stir until the sugar is melted.
- Clip on a candy thermometer, stop stirring, and heat to 320°F (160°C). Pour the molten liquid into a shallow heatproof container. Add the extract and food coloring (if using) and stir well.
- Line your work table with parchment. I also spread parchment on the floor around the table to catch any stray bits of flying sugar.
- Dip your decapitated whisk into the sugar syrup and hold it over the pot to let the sugar drip back into container for a second. Holding the whisk a foot (30 cm) above the parchment, swing the whisk back and forth so that thin strands of sugar fall on the paper. Repeat this a few more times until you have a nice nest of spun sugar.