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January 25, 2016 AT 9:00 am

How to Build Your Own Cotton-Candy Machine

Opener cotton candy machine

Bring a bit of that summer time, ball game concession stand, block party, sticky hot heat nostalgia into your life now with this Cotton-Candy machine tutorial from PopularScience.

A DIY cotton-candy machine consists of a small metal container, repurposed lighter parts to provide heat, and a switch-controlled motor to set everything spinning. Slowly pour granulated sugar into the container, and flames from the lighters will melt it. As the motor spins, the liquid sugar will fly out through little holes in the container’s sides, forming thin strands. A paper cylinder placed around the machine will capture them. Once they’ve built up, simply swirl a chopstick around the perimeter to gather the candy and taste your sweet success.

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