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Don't wait for the state fair for cotton candy

The Great Northern Popcorn Vortex Cotton Candy Machine brings the sugary taste of warm-weather outings into the home.

Cotton candy machine is there when you need it.
The cotton candy machine has a certain flair not commonly seen in appliances. Amazon

As the days get longer, many of us start to dream about spending more time outside. Good weather, of course, means good food. But while the protein-packed goodness of seared burgers and franks will be wafting through the air, another, more sugary, tradition also awaits.

Like a carnival midway ride, the Great Northern Popcorn Vortex Cotton Candy Machine stands ready to jolt patrons (except instead of whiplash, this ride produces a sugar rush). Complete with cart, the home appliance produces one cotton candy cone every 30 seconds. An optional bubble top "eliminates potential dangerous sugar spray," and provides safe operation.

The magic of the midway in the comfort of home isn't the only appeal of this machine designed to be used for gatherings of all sorts. No special installation is necessary; the base is secured to the kettle via four clamps that reduce vibration. After a two-stage warm-up period that lasts a total of six minutes, the sugary goodness is ready to go--anytime of the year.