Making cotton candy or candy floss using your own cotton candy maker can be quite exciting and a lot of fun. This spun sugar confection, which is almost 100 percent sugar, can be enhanced with some food coloring and flavoring to make fantastic looking shapes in a variety of colors. Cotton candy is created by heating sugar to liquefy it, then spinning the liquefied sugar out through tiny holes in the machine, after which it immediately turns into solid and exceptionally minute strands of sugar glass. Basically, what you get is mostly air, with the strands being easily compressible to sweet lumps that can melt in the mouth in an unbelievable explosion of heavenly sweetness, quite the enemy of diabetics.
One serving weighs just an ounce or about 30 grams. Flavors that have a starch or gum base should be avoided since these can burn out the cotton candy maker ribbons.
The machine can accumulate some pretty nasty sugar deposits since that is what liquefied sugar is designed to do: solidify into stubborn crystals.
Clean up is pretty simple but should be carried out carefully.
First, run the machine until the sugar is completely gone, which also cleans out any leftover sugar on the floss head. This will run the sugar completely out of the floss head. Once empty, the heat should be turned to the highest level for about a minute to get the band clean by allowing any remaining sugar to bake off.
Carbon should be removed from the ribbons by emptying the machine and turning the heat on to the topmost setting for around one minute.
A quick way is to get some water that should be slowly splashed into the bowl to clean off any sugar crystals stuck to the surface. Just pour the water little by little into the pan. This will produce steam since the machine is left running while the procedure is carried out. Allow the pan to cool down a bit and do it again. Splash some water into the floss head and allow the machine to run for several seconds.
Unplug the unit and wait for everything to cool down.
Wipe away moisture from the pan or bowl. The floss head can be wiped using a clean damp cloth. Clean away any sugar left on the bubble or splashguard completely.
It is important that you clean your cotton candy maker regularly or after every use to ensure that it does its job efficiently the next time you use it. This is to ensure that you can protect the machine from malfunctioning or getting broken due to accumulated sugar crust on any of the parts.
Wipe the parts with a clean moistened warm soft cloth. Do not use too much water when cleaning.
The parts should be completely dry before the machine is put in storage or before running the unit the next time.
You can use hot water at the onset so you won’t have to let the machine run during cleaning. Hot water melts sugar after all, so food service machines like a cotton candy maker should be cleanable using the liquid.
Remove the center spinner unit from the spindle for thorough cleaning. Soak it in hot water to remove any encrusted sugar. Some units have a bolt that goes down through the center to the spindle, while other units have a side-located set screw that enables the bowl to be lifted off.
Some manufacturers recommend cleaning of the unit after every use. Make sure the unit is unplugged from the socket and the appliance is not connected in any way to a power outlet. Wait for about thirty minutes for the unit to cool down. The bowl and splashguard have to be removed and disassembled so they can be washed separately. Removal of the splashguard from the bowl can be done by carefully grasping the splashguard via its highest point and then lifting upwards so the locking latches get released. The floss head should be removed then washed with water.
The motor base should not be washed with water. Instead, a hot and damp cloth should be used to wipe the component clean.
Never try to service the unit yourself. Any other servicing should be left to an authorized service technician.
It is best to consult the manufacturer’s website to check on how to clean the unit properly. Not all cotton candy machines follow the same cleaning and maintenance procedures, so it is wise to directly consult the manufacturer’s website for any reminders, cleaning and maintenance pointers, procedures and such to ensure you are doing everything properly and correctly.