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Cotton Candy

I think we all know that The Thirty-Something Bride is a sucker for sweet things. Loves me my icing. I think I've made that abundantly clear. Thankfully, the things I really like aren't always available exactly when I'm craving them. This is a good thing, trust me. The reason my faves aren't around for me to totally scarf is because I like to rock my sweet old skool. Candy bars and chips and such don't really tempt me. But when it comes to candy, I'm a dead woman. Since Halloween is bearing down upon us, I'm sure to fall prey to some of my favorites: 

Necco Wafers




 Pixie Stix      

Candy Corn

And last, but certainly not least:

COTTON CANDY! What's funny is that I don't see this as a terrible way to go, this Death by Cotton Candy. And I think this is what I'd actually look like if I was running from a cotton candy tornado. But honestly, I'm pretty sure I'd turn and face the storm head-on, mouth open.


So basically, I love solid sugar. The Candyman gave me a hard time at our anniversary dinner because I was eating the sugar cubes they served with our coffee. I love popping sugar cubes in my mouth and just letting them melt...mmmmm. Sugar.

So I was happily surprised when I was reading through the November issue of Brides magazine. First of all, I totally stole this magazine from my orthopedic guy's office. Can't say I have ever thieved a doctor's office magazine before, but considering the balance of magazines available (People, Parenting and Motor Trends Today), I figured an actual bride left it and no one would really miss it.... Anyway, two little blurbs totally spoke to me.

First, I want to say that when I went hunting for images, it appears that the bain of my existence just posted about this very thing. Sigh. Always a day late and a dollar short. But I don't care, because I simply love cotton candy and now you can too. We ALL can, for the low low price of $50 and a trip to Best Buy. Check it out:


 That's right, it's a freakin' cotton candy making machine by Nostalgia Electrics (also home of the Kegorator). But the cool thing about this particular version is that you can turn HARD CANDY into the freakin' COTTON CANDY! Think about that! Take a Jolly Rancher, a Butterscotch or even a sugar-free hard candy and turn it into cotton candy - FOR $50! I'm all about this little contraption right now. You could totally do this at you wedding/shower/honeymoon (mmmmm...sticky!)!

Via the bane of my existence.


So the other little tasty nugget? More solid sugar. Literally. Now this is something that had I seen during my own wedding planning, I would have fallen for hook, line and sinker. I would have obsessed and massaged the budget for at least a solid week to try to incorporate. I would've been edgy and irritable and snapped at The Candyman for no good reason because here was yet another thing that every other bride in the world was going to have except for me. I would have shook my fist and damned those brides and their "sky's the limit" budgets. "Those bitches!" I would have seethed to The Candyman. And then he would finally catch up to the wedding-angst-du-jour and talk me down from the ledge that was Wishful Wedding Planning and back into Reality Wedding Planning. Soooooo....that being said, this next tidbit falls into the Wishful Wedding Planning. Somewhat wasteful in all aspects, but oh so lovely.

Decorated fucking sugar cubes. Check it out.

Amazing, right? The good thing about these, from Home Sweet Home Sugar Cubes, is that they offer a DIY eBook to download (for a price, of course) if you have a steady hand and the patience of Gandhi.

And if we had done the champagne toast thing (we didn't), I would have engaged in more fist shaking, foot stamping and childish behaviour because I would definitely have longed for these Champagne Sugar Charms.

Dropping the sugar into the champagne will create a champagne cocktail of sorts (minus the bitters), but most of all, it's crazy freaking pretty.

 I'll admit that I'm a sucker for the sugary-sweet-hurt-your-teeth stuff. I've made myself sick to my stomach and ripped mouth completely raw from over-indulging in it's various forms. But I love it. I do. I hope that if there is a heaven and they let me in,  I'll be able to enjoy it like this:  


I hope I haven't induced anyone into un-obtainable Wishful Wedding Planning, but hey, that Cotton Candy machine is only $50 and you can totally use it over and over and over....

So, what's YOUR favorite sweet thing? Do you rock it old skool like me, or does something else make you kookooforcocopuffs?

 Or more importantly, what's your current want-it-but-can't-have-it Wishful Wedding Planning obsession?

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Reader Comments (11)

you have a killer sweet tooth. like the OG of all sweet tooths. can't say i get down with skittles, but i do love me some smarties.

and i love that SMP is the bain of your existence. it's something we share. huzzah.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

How brave of you to come right out and admit to your sweet tooth! I've tried to hide it all these years! :)

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMom

I think you and my little Bean would get along famously. We took them both to a professional baseball game last month. While Bug was all agog at getting a free bat and ball, Bean wanted the biggest, pinkest, fluffiest cotton candy she could get. Also, a red snow cone. And then she ate them all up.

Best thing you learn from parenthood: always carry wet wipes.

P.S. She got her sweet tooth from her mama.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Two things:

First, next time you visit, I'll take you to Powell's Sweet Shoppe in San Luis Obipso. You should Google it and look at the photo gallery. They show Willy Wonka in a constant loop in their movie corner, and they have every kind of old school candy you can think of. I mean it. Every kind. They have old school toys and lunch boxies, too. It's the best sweet shoppe I've ever seen. My kids LOVE it so hard, and I do, too. They definitely had 40-year old parents in mind when they developed it.

Second, please do not tell my daughter about this cotton candy contraption. I think she inherited the love for candy of which you speak, and she does not need to know that such a contraption could, theoretically, exist IN HER VERY OWN HOME.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGEW

What I want for my wedding that I cannot have? An air hockey table. Then, the photo booth. Sadly, we had to let both of those go so we could stay out of debt for our wedding. That in itself makes it okay. But, also, the logistics of where to put either of those, who's going to man the booth, who will keep the children (if any attend) off the air hockey table, etc also makes me feel okay about the decision. But, we will have a Wii station. I'm vowing to make time for at least one round of Mario Kart.

I'm still kinda sad that I won't have any photos of people in their dress-up clothes getting sweaty and disheveled from playing air hockey.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristy V

@Christy - The very thought of an air hockey table makes me jealous our wedding. What a grand idea.

@GEW - I feel a particular Christmas present might make me top dog Cousin in the GEW household.

October 18, 2010 | Registered CommenterLouise

Don't. Even. Think. About it.

If you're good, maybe I'll get YOUR present at Powell's Sweet Shoppe.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGEW

Ick. Sugar Candy. Since I could talk it was all about the chocolate. I won't even eat icing. How are we friends??? Hehehe.

Anyway, that gal in the cotton candy tornado's hips are way to large to be you!!!!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDasiy

I so wanted cotton candy at our wedding and I couldn't find a reasonable solution to get it there. So sad! I did have a Mexico inspired candy bar with all the awesome Mexican candy that most of our guests had never tried. Dulce dulce!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

@Abby - We are friends because you don't eat my candy or my icing. And The Candyman said the same thing about the tornado lady's hips. Clearly, I am still having image issues.....

October 19, 2010 | Registered CommenterLouise

Nice one! Building a candy buffet is a fun part of party planning specially wedding.

July 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Right

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