Cotton Candy Lorax Truffula Trees

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).

Nostalgia Electric Cotton Candy Machine

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.

Dr. Seuss Cotton Candy

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.

Truffula Tree Cupcakes

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! 

Tauni is a former public relations executive who spent 12+ years handling communications and events for an array of clients, from the NBA and Olympics to numerous high ranking politicians. Today, she handles social media for a local agency and hosts SNAP!, an annual social media conference for bloggers focused on entertaining, craft and home DIY.

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  1. Those cupcakes are darling, Tauni!!

    My sis-in-law just has a Seuss birthday party for my 1 year old nephew. She did the Thing 1 & Thing 2 cupcakes (I was recruited to add the cotton candy). They were cute but the cotton candy “melted” after a half our or so, well the ones that hadn’t already been devoured. 😉 I think sticking it on something else off of the icing is definitely the way to go! Perfect for these little trees!

    • Michele, I wish I could claim genius for knowing that the cotton candy wouldn’t melt if I had it up off the frosting…I didn’t even think of that. My photos were taken several hours after we actually made the cotton candy trees though and no melting at all!

      Dr. Seuss is so fun though, right?!


    • Dorothy, It’s sooo much fun! When you look for a machine, make sure you get the kind that have a clear plastic top. I read reviews on the ones without lids and it sounds like the sugar floss goes EVERYWHERE!


  2. Wow! So you had this in mind all along when you bought the machine? I think I may need to break down and buy one. The Truffula Tree Cupcakes turned out darling. Thanks for linking them up to my collection. If you try thing 1 and 2 – remember the tip that they only last 10-20 minutes before melting. The wet icing is like licking the cotton candy. But they do look cute for a few minutes. I really like this idea though because the kids can pull out the straw (trunk) and eat the cotton candy separately. Very Seusstastic!

    • Victoria, I cannot tell a lie. I’ve wanted a cotton candy machine for a while and I needed a project to justify…This seemed like the perfect occasion – I can think of few foods more Seussy than cotton candy :)

      Thanks for hosting your linky!


  3. These are absolutely adorable!! And thanks for the link on those gray paper straws… just checked them out at Amazon :) They are perfect and will go with so many colors/party themes. Thank you!

    • For sure! Amazon doesn’t have a great selection on the straws – just red, blue and grey – but, they are CHEAP. Another great place for a great deal is Gygi…They have a wider selection.


  4. I was seriously just considering buying a cotton candy machine for this very same project! It’s so good that I am not alone in wanting something completely silly just so that I can make one cool thing. But I’m sure once you have it in your house, you come up with more reasons to turn it on. :) I love your cupcakes. If I were to do them, I’d hope they’d look like yours. :)

    • Thanks Erin! They were so very much fun to make with my boys. You will have to let me know if you try them out! How’d you like the movie? We haven’t had a chance to go see it yet.


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  6. Ok I am also having a lorax themed birthday party. I bought the same cotton candy machine as you. My question in what cotton candy sugar or hard candies did you use to get such vibrant colored Trufulla trees? And lastly did the cotton candy taste good?

    • Fun! I cannot remember what I used for the blue cotton candy…It may have been cotton candy sugar? I used bright red hard candies to get the pink. Peppermint candies have worked well too.

      We’ve used the cotton candy machine several times and I tend to like the fluff made from hard candies more than the sugar floss. I feel like the cotton candy tastes just like the “hard stuff.” Having said that, we don’t usually make a TON of it. If you’re looking to make a lot the sugar floss might be easier :)

      Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any additional questions. xoxo, Tauni

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  9. So cute! I am making these for a Dr. Suess baby shower but am having trouble getting the cotton candy to stick to the straws. Any tricks?

    • Hmmm Neva, I didn’t really stick the cotton candy down. I sort of made light, fluffy balls of cotton candy and just stuck the straw through. I didn’t have trouble with it sliding or anything like that…It’s possible it could be the consistency of your cotton candy? What’s it doing?