To make candy floss, heat a sugar and water mixture to the hard crack stage, then drop long strings of the sugar onto the ends of wooden spoons to harden. Collect onto a paper cone or onto a Popsicle stick. This process requires two wooden spoons, a metal whisk, granulated sugar, light corn syrup, a saucepan, a microwave-safe bowl and a candy thermometer. Flavoring oil and food coloring paste are optional.
- Prepare the area and tools
Protect the counters and floors with newspapers or garbage bags. Place two wooden spoons on the counter with handles extending off the counter top. Place heavy weights on the spoon ends to hold them in place. Place a deep bowl of ice water near the stove in case of burns. Cut the ends off an inexpensive metal whisk.
- Make the sugar mixture
In a heavy saucepan, mix 5 cups granulated sugar and 1 1/3 cups light corn syrup. Add 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of water.
- Cook the sugar mixture to the hard crack stage
Insert a candy thermometer into the saucepan, and cook the sugar mixture until it reaches 320 degrees Fahrenheit. Add flavoring oil and food coloring paste at this point if desired.
- Pour the sugar mixture into a microwave-safe bowl
Carefully pour the hot sugar into a microwave-safe bowl, and place the bowl onto a folded towel to hold it in place.
- Start spinning the sugar
Dip the amputated ends of the whisk into the sugar, and drain over the bowl for a moment. Wave the whisk over the ends of the wooden spoons. Allow long strands of sugar to fall down onto the spoon and hang there while they cool.
- Heat sugar mixture if necessary
If the sugar gets too cool to work with, place the bowl into the microwave, and heat for 3-5 minutes until it is hot.
- Gather the candy floss for serving
Once the sugar is completely spun, gather it on the ends of a paper cone or onto a Popsicle stick. Serve immediately.