Cotton candy just the color you like it

Hit the web to order up your custom-color cotton candy from this machine (translated). A computer monitors a web interface for an incoming order, then pushes commands to an mbed microcontroller which dispenses three different colors of sugar to whip up your custom shade of the cottony delight.

In addition to the sugar dispensing system, the candy maker itself is also a do-it-yourself design. It looks like the most difficult part of this project was getting this component right. They’ve got a collection of videos documenting the multiple attempts on the road to success. Once dispensed, the colored sugars make their way into a spinning metal cylinder where they’re heated by the flame from a butane candle lighter. Eventually the team manages to get cotton candy to form but we can’t help but feel like they’re trying to reinvent the wheel with this one.

[via Make]


  1. Decepticon says:

    Very nice. But what I want to know is, what is that track behind them? Looks like phun!

  2. Nextuz says:

    You can only get all colors using ligth with RGB…
    you need to use CMY Cyan Magent Yellow… =)

  3. Ryan says:

    It has literally been my dream since childhood to build a cotton candy machine (also a slush machine).

    This has brought back a burning desire to eat buckets of sugar.

  4. @nextuz…can or cant? Eh?

    Also cant get white. Oh wait…no coloring added…

  5. Jordan Gray says:

    so where do I order the cotton candy? I can’t quite figure it out.

  6. catzburg says:

    can, yea the wording was a little weird. RGB is used by your TV or comptuer to make color. That is because it is light. If you are mising ink, or paint, or …candy… you need CMY, because they don’t emit light only reflect and absorb.

  7. Graham says:

    Love how he sets up all his apple products in the picture because he thinks he’s gonna impress people.

  8. reine says:

    In France they call it: “barbe à papa”, (dady’s beard).

  9. OliStabilize says:

    What laptop is that?

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