Cotton Candy Cones & Candy

Colleen Sowa


When I was a girl, we had horse and pony rides in Wisconsin Dells. With old cowboy music playing over outdoor speakers all day long. We had a concessions stand with a commercial cotton candy machine to make huge cotton candy on paper cones for our customers, and as treats for the family.

I don't know what happened to that machine. We now have two home model ones that we use for picnics and parties, we enjoy ourselves and remember the innocent days...

This is a "HOW TO" make the paper cones at home, a fun family activity and also a recipe for the treat.

Play With Your Food! xo

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1 - 100 sheet(s)
(8-1/2 x 11) paper or card stock, any color
1 pkg
clear tape (i use duct tape)
scissor (to cut tape)
1 large
bath towel (to cover table)


colored, flavored, sugar


cotton candy machine
electric outlet


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1Get all supplies ready.

Spread towel onto table. (This is to make sure you are on a clean dry surface and it make handling the paper a bit easier.

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2Fold one corner inward. Start rolling.

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3Just make sure the corner you started with is kept taught, the other end will take care of itself.

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4Roll until a cone shape tube is done.

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5My 11 year old granddaughter Evie and her 6 year old brother Paxton both enjoyed making these.

Have your kids, grandkids, or school kids help make the cones! Don't tell them what they are for... big surprise!

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6After tube is rolled up to cone shape, hold it down with some pressure.

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7Get the tape ready.

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8Put a piece of tape on the end corner tip of paper, press against the cone tube.

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9Press another piece of tape one the upper end of the tube to hold the shape.

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10The top, wide edge of the cone shaped tube will have uneven edges.

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11Turn the edges into the inside of the cone. and press into place with pressure.

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12Top view of cone after the edges are tucked inside.

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13Side view of cone after the edges are tucked inside.

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14The kids are proud of their work on this fun project and are looking forward to using them!

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15These are pretty, colorful and ununiformed in size cones... but the important part is that they are cone shaped, and will be able to hold cotton candy!

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16You can buy pre made cotton candy sugar that is colored and flavored.

Add 1 to 2 Tablespoons of sugar into the center cook pan in machine. Turn machine on. Let cotton candy start forming inside the drum.

Get a cone, and start turning it and moving it around over the top of the machine. Add more sugar as needed.

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17You can make your own colored and flavored cotton candy sugar by mixing sugar and flavored powdered drink mix together.

The color and flavor determines the color and flavor of your cotton candy...

*** You can also used hard candies that have been crushed with a hammer, this creates very unusual flavors... but I prefer using the sugars.

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18While you are making the cotton candy, according to directions in booklet that comes with machine.... A secondary candy is formed.... A circle of "hard" candy forms around the inside edge of the drum of the machine. My grandchildren call it Hard Rock Candy... They love it...
But, you can put it back into the center where the sugar goes and it can be made into cotton candy again. I don't bother, because the kids go crazy for it... and some of them ask me to dip the hard candy into the cotton candy... so we make them happy! ox

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19We have done this for the kids in the neighborhood, at park picnics, parties, reunions, holidays, and school events.

Even the old become young again with this treat!

Play With Your Food! ox

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American