This viral gadget turns sweets into light, fluffy cotton candy

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Can this viral cotton candy maker turn “anything” into cotton candy?

That certainly seems to be why so many TikTok users are obsessed with this gadget. Apparently, it can take a few tiny pieces of hard candy and transform them into light, fluffy cotton candy.

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Who doesn’t love cotton candy — let alone cotton candy that can be any flavor you want? It almost sounds too good to be true, so, of course, we had to try it out.

To see if this thing can really turn “anything” into cotton candy, we went out and bought every kind of candy we could think of. Then we tested them in this crazy machine.

To see what happened, keep reading below or watch the video above.

Can this cotton candy maker turn “anything” into cotton candy?

To test this gadget, we decided we’d narrow it down to five wildly different kinds of candy: Jolly Ranchers, peppermints, butterscotch hard candies, Skittles and M&M’s.

Some wild cotton candy flavors are waiting to happen there, but first, we had to see how well each one worked. To do that, we placed the candy in the center of the machine and turned it on. From there, it starts heating the candy and spinning it into a thin, sugary-sweet thread.

Next, we spun the cotton candy cones (included with the gadget) around the top of the machine. Before we knew it, we had a stick full of cotton candy.

So now that we know how this thing works, let’s see how well it worked with each candy.

  • Jolly Ranchers: This was an easy test for the cotton candy maker. You can use any flavor (or combine them) to make perfect, colorful, homemade cotton candy.
  • Peppermints: This was a weirder flavor, but the result was the same. Peppermint-flavored cotton candy is surprisingly good, and it only takes a few mints to get a full cone.
  • Butterscotch: This wasn’t the prettiest-looking cotton candy, but this one worked easily too. It seems like this machine can handle almost any traditional hard candy.
  • Skittles: This is where things got crazy. We tossed in a handful of Skittles and turned on the gadget. Shockingly, the tiny candies combined into one big rainbow-colored cotton candy cone.
  • M&M’s: This was our only hangup. To be fair, Nostalgia does not claim that its gadget can handle chocolate — and it’s easy to see why. The chocolate melts in the center before it can get turned into a string, which just makes for a giant chocolatey mess.

All things considered, four out of five is not bad. Chocolate was always going to be a stretch, and, apart from that, this gadget tackled everything we threw at it. More so, it’s easy to use and a lot of fun to see in action. Unless you need chocolate-flavored cotton candy, we definitely recommend this gadget. 

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