I have a strange fascination with novelty cookware…things that would normally be found in a movie theater or at a theme park.
It all started about five years ago when I bought a Back to Basics nut roaster (seriously one of my favorite things to pull out during the holidays). I followed up with a mini bundt pan, mini doughnut maker and a Sodastream at home soda fountain.
So when I saw this awesome at-home cotton candy maker while browsing on Amazon the other day, I had to have it (it’s a sickness at this point, please tell me I am not alone).
Isn’t she pretty? I really want to build a shelf or a display cabinet in the movie room to store it on…
I was a little concerned that an inexpensive cotton candy machine wouldn’t work very well. Although it’s not like the industrial machines that you can rent, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked.
We bought a package of flossing sugar and reusable cones (and I am glad we have them on hand), but the real dream of this machine is that you can turn hard candies (we tried peppermints) into the flossing sugar – it’s awesome!
Ok. So I didn’t just purchase the machine at random. This week, we’re celebrating Dr. Seuss and few “foods” are more Seusstastic than cotton candy.
The first thing we made with our cotton candy machine? Truffula Trees.
For the trunks of the trees we just trimmed down some grey paper straws (left overs from another project, and oh so cheap, at about $6 a box).
So simple and such a fun project. The kids loved helping make this fun dessert!
If you don’t want to purchase a cotton candy machine (which might seem a little silly), you could purchase bagged cotton candy online or from the grocery store. It’s super cheap – only about 75 cents a bag.
Not a fan of The Lorax (you’re crazy)? You could make these fun Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes.
Are you doing anything to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday this week?
The cupcakes were our first bit of fun. This week the school has invited the kids to dress up as something different each day of the week. We’ve got hats, t-shirts and on Friday at least one little Lorax.
Oh, and to be fair, I do use most of my crazy cookware at least a couple of times a year!