Candy floss recipe

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6 - 8






15 min


10 min

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)
  • You will also need:
  • A 'decapitated’ whisk - see the tip


  • 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.

Top tip for making Candy floss

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

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