Homemade Cotton Candy Recipe

Are you looking to make some homemade cotton candy? Then you’re going to need a recipe for it!

Well, you’ve come to the right place because today I am going to walk you through exactly what you need, and then how to use these ingredients.

And don’t worry; I’m not going to bore you with a story about how my grandmother used to make this back in the 1930s or waffle on about the history of cotton candy.

So, without further ado, onto the recipe!

Homemade Cotton Candy Recipe

Make this delightful cotton candy recipe at home with only a few ingredients!
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Cotton Candy Recipe


  • 5 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1-1/3 Cups Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Serving Food Color Paste
  • 1 Serving Flavored Oil
  • 1 Serving Baking Spray


  • Before you begin be sure that you have a pair of wire cutters and an old whisk.
  • Cut the round ends off of the whisk, then arrange the tines so that they are spaced evenly.
  • You will also need to make sure that you have a large enough area to make the cotton candy.
  • To begin cut open a plastic garbage bag and use it to cover the floor. Wedge two large wooden spoons so that they extend over the edge of the counter.
  • Place the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a two-quart heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Use a candy thermometer to cook the sugar mixture to a temperature of 320 degrees Fahrenheit, then remove it from the heat and carefully pour it into a microwave-safe glass bowl. Be sure not to let the sugar in the pan, since it will continue to cook.
  • Dip the tines of the whisk into the hot sugar mixture and allow the sugar to drain off for a couple of seconds until the draining sugar strands are roughly the same consistency.
  • Next, wave the whisk over the wooden spoons, allowing the sugar strands to drift until they rest on top of the spoons.
    Be sure that you are from 1 to 1-1/2 feet above the spoons during this process. Use long broad strokes and be sure to work quickly.
  • Gather the cotton candy and roll it onto the paper that has been rolled into a long thin cone, and enjoy.
  • If the cotton candy needs to be stored, it can be stored in an airtight container.
    When storing the cotton candy be sure to avoid moisture and humidity, which could cause it to melt and become sticky.


You can adjust this recipe to make as much or as little homemade cotton candy as you want, perfect for a quick snack or a treat for the entire family.

If you’ve always wanted to enjoy the fun of carnival food in the comfort of your own home, why not give this great recipe a try?

Making cotton candy at home is a great family project, and the kids will certainly love the results.


Can you make cotton candy with brown sugar?

You can make cotton candy with brown sugar, but it is not advisable. This is because brown sugar is naturally moister. It would be better to use white sugar, or a mix of both brown and white sugar if needs be.

Can you make cotton candy out of regular sugar?

You can make cotton candy out of regular sugar.

Can I make cotton candy in a blender?

You can make cotton candy in a blender, but it is not recommended. Instead either make cotton candy manually or use a designated cotton candy making machine.

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