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Fairy Floss Rustic Cotton Candy Instructions | Broken Glass Candy Recipe

A plate of homemade cotton candy.

Cotton candy isn’t just to be enjoyed at carnivals and fairs, as you can easily make this delicious treat at home! Use this easy recipe to make both incredible cotton candy and its sweet cousin, broken glass candy. Kids and adults alike will love every sweet bite!

Homemade Hard Cotton Candy Recipe / Broken Glass Candy Recipe

Ingredients you will need:

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon food coloring of your choice
  • 3 teaspoons flavoring of your choice
  • Candy thermometer

Add 3 cups sugar, 1 cup corn syrup, and 1 cup to a pan.

Mixing cotton candy ingredients

Heat to 320, stirring as it warms. The Rada Handi-stir is the best wire whisk on the market, with a design that allows it to easily reach bottoms and corners of pans other whisks can’t.

Stirring cotton candy mixture

Add 1 teaspoon food coloring of your choice and 3 teaspoons flavoring of your choice to a large glass bowl. When sugar mixture reaches 320 degrees, place in bowl with food coloring and flavoring. Mix.

Stirring mixture

Dip implement in mixture and drizzle over the length of large sheet of wax paper.

Laying out fairy floss

Do this continuously, forming the cotton candy. If mixture starts to set, place in microwave for 2 minutes and resume.

Working through cotton candy mixture

To make broken glass candy, pour leftover mixture on wax paper. Allow it to set.

Pouring broken glass candy on paper

Hit the broken glass candy to break it up.

Walloping broken glass candy

Serve to delighted friends and family!

Chef Ted with completed cotton and broken glass candy

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Homemade Hard Cotton Candy Video Recipe

Cotton Candy Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Chef Ted Smalley, I’m here in the Rada Cutlery kitchen, and today we’re going to make homemade cotton candy. Cotton candy came out at the very first World’s Fair in the early 1900’s, it was called “fairy floss.” This is actually going to be a little more rustic than your standard cotton candy that you get at a fair or carnival, so it’s a little more basic and pretty easy to do even though it’s considered an intermediate recipe.

All it takes to make hard cracked sugar candy is a pan that will hold what you’re cooking plus a little extra room because you’re going to be bringing it to a boil. The main thing is you have to bring it up to between 300 and 320 degrees. We’re starting with 3 cups of sugar, 1 cup of light corn syrup, and 1 cup of water, and then we’re going to fire it up. Use my Rada Handi-stir with some of the sugar water. Be real careful. When you’re working with sugar this hot always have a bowl of cold water nearby. If it gets on your skin it sticks and burns and does not stop burning.

As you can see I have a candy thermometer. It has to go up to 300 which is the beginning of the range. Some people say 300, I like taking mine to 310 and it’s always worked for me. Today I’m using an induction range, which uses magnets to produce heat through the metal of the pan. I have done this on a gas and electric so you don’t need any special equipment other than a candy thermometer and a Rada Handi-stir. It always seems to take awhile to get from 225 to 275. I have a glass bowl over here with red food coloring and a little bit of raspberry flavoring in it. I’m going to dump it in a bowl as soon as it hits 310 degrees and then we’re going to start making some cotton candy.

We are hitting hard crack which is right at 300 to 320 degrees. So I’m going to pull the thermometer out, shut this down, and I’m going to pour this into the bowl with the hard crack candy. Glass bowls hold the heat better. You have about 10 minutes to work with this. I’m going to take it, dip it in.

If it starts setting up on you throw it in the microwave for 2 minutes and it’s back to the liquid state. Stir it around until we can get it to work. Now what I’m doing is taking some of the leftover hard crack sugar and just pouring it around here and showing you how easy it is to make broken glass candy.

After you’ve allowed the glass candy to set, you can do the old-school way of dropping the pan, or you can just hit it. After you’re done this is what the homemade cotton candy, fairy floss, and broken glass candy looks like. Have fun with it!

End of Video Transcript