Hand-Pulled Cotton Candy

Who needs a machine when you can make your own colorful and delicious cotton candy by hand?!


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Food color/extracts of your choice
  • A lot of cornstarch for coating


  1. In a saucepan, combine all ingredients and heat on medium-high. The mixture needs to heat slowly for about 20-25 minutes, until it reaches 269°F, so monitor your heat to adjust as needed.
  2. Once it reaches temperature, immediately remove the saucepan from the burner and allow to cool to at least 212°F. Transfer to plastic quart containers to cool until it turns into a firm disk.

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