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Cotton Candy Machine - How to & Best Practices

A cotton candy machine turns sugar into cotton candy by first heating the sugar until it becomes a liquid. The spinning head on the cotton candy machine contains little holes. As the head spins, it forces the liquid sugar out through the holes. As the liquid cools, it creates threads of cotton candy.


Best practices

Before you use a rented cotton candy machine, please review the tips below and read all manufacturer warnings and instructions. Evans Equipment Co. professionals can provide you with complete instructions.

  • When reserving the cotton candy machine be sure to let the staff member know the flavor of sugar floss and quantity of paper cones you want for your event. This will help ensure both will be in-stock when you pick up the machine.

  • Lift the cotton candy machine only by its handles. Do not lift it by its spinning head.

  • Do not touch spinning head on the cotton candy machine.

  • Keep onlookers at an appropriate distance from the cotton candy machine.

  • Only adults should supervise the operation of the rented cotton candy machine.

  • Place the rented cotton candy machine on a stable, level surface, such as a table or counter. To create a more attractive setting, we have an available a cart specially designed for the cotton candy machine.

  • Set up the rented cotton candy machine near a grounded, electrical source, so no extension cord is needed, unless approved by the manufacturer of the rented cotton candy machine.

  • Plug the rented cotton candy machine into only a grounded outlet of 110 volts and 15 amps.

  • Inspect rented cotton candy machine to ensure all parts are in place and that it is not in the transportation mode.

  • To use the rented cotton candy machine:

  • Use a clean, damp cloth to moisten the inside of the floss pan to help the floss adhere to it.

  • Use only sugar, floss and coloring recommended by the manufacturer of the rented cotton candy machine. Usually pure cane granulated sugar works best. Avoid extra fine granulated, bottlers fine, or “free-flowing” sugar. Fill floss pan 90 percent full with sugar.

  • When reserving the cotton candy machine be sure to let the staff member know the flavor of sugar floss you want for your event. This will help ensure it will be in-stock when you pick up the machine.

  • Plug in and turn on the rented cotton candy machine.

  • After initial warm-up, adjust heat on the rented cotton candy machine to optimum setting. Reduce temperature if smoking occurs.

  • Adjust the floaters on the rented cotton candy machine’s spinning head for more or less lift of the floss.


  • To collect the cotton candy on a cone:

  • Hold the pointed end of a cotton candy cone between two fingers and thumb.

  • Use a light flicking motion to break into the web of floss with cone.

  • Use the cone to lift up the floss over the pan before winding the floss around the cone.

  • Turn the cone in a figure-eight pattern to gather a larger web of floss.


  • Clean the rented cotton candy machine if you do not plan to use it again for several hours. To clean, follow the manufacturers guidelines. Some best practices include:

  • Run all of the sugar out of the floss head on the rented cotton candy machine.

  • Turn on heating element for about a minute to remove any remaining sugar.

  • Unplug the rented cotton candy machine.

  • Use a damp cloth to wipe floss head on rented cotton candy machine. Do not immerse floss head in water or place it under running water.

  • Dry the rented cotton candy machine thoroughly.

  • Wash the rented cotton candy machine’s bowl and bubble.



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