How to Start a Cotton Candy Business

by Contributing Writer; Updated September 26, 2017
Twin boys with cotton candy

Selling cotton candy is a timeless, recession-proof business that appeals to the tastebuds of the young and young-at-heart alike. It is simple and relatively inexpensive to start a cotton candy business, which requires a moderate amount of supplies and equipment. You can buy a good cotton candy machine for about $2,000, and supplies are not expensive when you buy in bulk. For greatest success and maximum profits, approach starting a cotton candy business like any serious small business and write a business plan first. Now find out why selling cotton candy is 90 percent profit.

Items you will need

  • Commercial cotton candy machine
  • Cotton candy cones and bags
  • Cotton candy sugar and flavoring
  • Labels
  • Plastic containers
  • Sales cart or kiosk
Step 1

Invest in a good cotton candy machine that can make approximately 200 cones or bags of cotton candy per hour. Buying a high quality, durable machine will maximize your production and profits. For example, if you charge $2 per cone, then your profit is a whopping $400 per hour minus expenses for supplies, which would run about $50.

Step 2

Buy all the supplies you need, including a sales cart, cotton candy sugar and flavoring, bags and cones, plastic containers to hold your supplies and labels to promote your business. Purchase supplies in bulk from a wholesale club store, such as Costco or Sams Club, or a specialty candy store to be prepared for high volume sales.

Step 3

Pick good venues. People will buy cotton candy at all kinds of fairs, amusement parks and events, including church and synagogue happenings, neighborhood socials and school picnics. Choose high traffic areas with a large concentration of families, as parents often purchase cotton candy for their children.

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