Don't Make Cotton Candy in a Blender — Use These Machines Instead

These made-for-your-kitchen cotton candy machines are a fun addition to your next backyard party.

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July 28, 2021

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It’s summertime and the lure of fluffy cotton candy is real, but we got really nervous when TikTok went crazy over a video showing the step-by-step process of making cotton candy in a blender. (Using a blender sans lid is incredibly dangerous; just don't do it.) Let’s all agree that it’s a way better idea to get back to basics and use an actual cotton candy machine when making that summer fave at home. (FYI: This is a fun activity for the entire family, but always keep an eye on your kids when you’re using these machines). Here are five cotton candy makers to consider.


This retro cotton candy maker is designed to live on your countertop, but we think it would be perfect for a patio during your next backyard soiree. It'll remind your guests of a classic candy store and is fun for everyone.

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The Outamateur portable cotton candy machine is just that — portable so you can make cotton candy poolside or to wow your family with a treat at the end of a fun picnic. We love its festive rose pink color and that this machine comes with a large splash-proof plate, 10 bamboo sticks and a sugar spoon.

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The cherry red KAPAS cotton candy maker offers all the bells and whistles of a carnival — from your kitchen counter. It boasts stable feet (to help it stay put during the sugar spin), a simple design and easy-to-follow instructions. Bonus: It’s also lightweight, quiet, easy to clean and each gizmo comes with a sugar scoop!

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The Alcook cotton candy maker adds an adorable touch to any birthday or party atmosphere, thanks to its vintage trolley car design. It boasts one-button operation, a non-slip bottom, quartz double round heating tubes and an all-copper core which yields cotton candy within minutes.

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When it comes to a souped-up cotton candy maker, the Carnus might be your new fave, especially since it’s easy to clean and comes with five classic cotton candy flavors, such as pink vanilla, cherry and grape, 50 paper cones and a sugar scoop.

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