Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Profitability Projections for Cotton Candy Sales

Did you ever think cotton candy would be considered such a profitable product? Well, it is! Due to the low cost to produce this candy, you may be surprised at just how much you can make and charge for this special treat! For example, a typical serving of cotton candy is either a 1 oz. cone or a 2 oz. bag. Depending upon where you operate, you may be able to sell it for as little as $1.00 or as high as $2.00. Your main expense will derive from the sugar and the method you choose to package the cotton candy. You may either sell it in bags, containers, or straight off of the cone. Please keep in mind that these figures only represent the COGS (Cost of Goods Sold). It does not reflect additional costs that will figure into your bottom line profits (labor, insurance, rent, etc.).

Your main cost in a 1 oz. serving of cotton candy on a cone would be approximately $.052 for the floss sugar and the cone would cost $.016, for a total cost of $.068 per serving. Your profit on a $1.00 cone would be roughly $.932. If you sold the same cone for $2.00, your profit would be $1.932. In a 2 oz., bagged serving, the floss sugar would cost roughly $.104 and the bag would cost $.042, for a total of $.146 per serving. Selling a bag for $1.00, your estimated profit would be $.854 per bag, and for a $2.00 bag it would be $1.854.

Now, are you motivated to start selling cotton candy when you see these types of profit margins?! As you can see the potential profit margin is huge; so what are you waiting for??? is ready to help you get started today!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Links to Cost of Goods Sold...Helpful Information!

Here are two links to some interesting information for those of you who are thinking about opening your own shaved ice or snow cone concessions business. These two charts display the COGS (Cost of Goods Sold). There are two charts, one for shaved ice and one for snow cones. Please keep in mind that these costs may vary slightly depending upon your geographic location.

All costs are rounded to the nearest penny. The cost of ice is based on the price of $1.00 per bag or block of ice. Ice cost will be cheaper if you make your own. Initially, you will need to lay out more money to purchase the necessary equipment for making your own ice. However, you will recoup your initial costs quickly because of the long term savings due to producing your own ice. One caveat though...please be sure to check with your local department of health. If you enter into the production of your own ice, you may be subject to quarterly water testing, installation of water filtration systems, and other requirements imposed by your health department. CHECK WITH THEM FIRST BEFORE MAKING YOUR DECISION. Flavored Syrup cost is based on preserved syrup at 2.6 cents/ounce, spoons, spoonstraws, and napkin costs are based on case prices, sold on

Shaved Ice COGS Chart

Snow Cone COGS Chart

We hope that you will find this information helpful in your decision making process regarding opening up your own concessions business. This breakdown of costs is also very helpful in evaluating your current and future menu prices.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Keep Your Cotton Candy Machine Clean

We suggest that you cover your cotton candy machine when it is not in use. After you have thoroughly cleaned your machine, keep it clean by using one of our reinforced, elastic edged, durable plastic covers. Health department officials will appreciate your dedication to cleanliness when they see your machine covered. Customers will also see that you are concerned about cleanliness and that you are interested in taking care of your equipment. By ordering and using a cotton candy machine cover, you will add to the professional image of your concessions business. Order one today at Cotton Candy Express!

Business Manual for Slush Machines

If you are interested in adding granitas or slush drinks to your menu, we suggest reading through our Slush Machine Business Manual. This manual covers a variety of different topics related to slush drinks. It's full of great information about recipes, serving sizes, and venue suggestions. It also contains helpful information on choosing the right type of slush machine to fit your needs. Go to, email their customer care department and request a copy of the manual today. Find out how slush drinks can add to the profitability of your concessions business!

Monday, November 19, 2007

12 Important Tips for Operating your Cotton Candy Machine Properly

This is a list of proven ways to ensure the efficient operation of your cotton candy machine for many years to come. If you purchased your machine from, please review the included product and warranty information for additional information or tips on how to properly use the machine. If you have rented the machine, please contact your local rental shop for ways he or she may suggest for using their machine properly. These are tips and suggestions that we have always found to be helpful!

1. Let your machine run for a few minutes in order to heat up prior to adding the sugar. This helps to eliminate the production of grainy cotton candy.
2. Always....Always add the sugar only when the motor is turning.
3. Fill the sugar to a capacity of 90 percent full.
4. In order to reduce and eliminate the machine from smoking, lower the “heat control fine-tuning”.
5. Raise the heat control setting if the floss becomes too thick; lower the heat control setting if the floss is too thin.
6. Use the machine in an area where the humidity is low. This will enable you to produce fluffier cotton candy. Unfortunately, high humidity may cause the candy to shrink.
7. When storing the cotton candy in bags or containers, it is best to seal them tight and not allow any air into the container. If air gets in the container it may discolor, shrink, or clump up the candy.
8. You may use 100% pure cane or beet sugar. Regular granulated sugar is also acceptable.
9. Never use extra-fine granulated sugar or “free flowing sugar.” Using this may clog up the machine.
10. Avoid using flavors that contain a gum or starch base due to the fact that they burn out the ribbons in the machine.
11. To create brighter colors, try adding one tablespoon of flossine to 5 pounds of sugar.
12. MOST IMPORTANT: Always use adult supervision when a child under the age of 18 is using a cotton candy machine.

In order to keep your machine operating and running efficiently, please clean it after each use. By following these tips, you will prolong the life and your machine and may reduce any potential malfunctions encountered in the future with your cotton candy machine.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Searching for a Great, Unique Gift for Someone?

Check out the Shaved Ice & Snow Cone Gift Center at! We have some great gift ideas for families and individuals listed here. Gift ideas are arranged so that it is easy to find a gift and order it. If you aren't sure what to purchase for someone, then just order a gift certificate for them! Gifts are grouped together under family ideas, individual gifts and they are arranged by price too!

Make your holiday shopping a lot easier by using our secure online ordering system. With our quick shipping methods, you will receive your order in plenty of time for your holiday celebrations! Happy Shopping!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Do You Operate a High Volume Shaved Ice Stand?

If your shaved ice stand is a very busy place (we hope it is!), you should consider purchasing a foot switch for your shaved ice machine. Installing a foot switch for your shaved ice machine allows you or your employee to produce shave ice at a much faster rate. It frees up both hands, enabling quicker service to your customers. The foot switch is easy to install and highly recommended for busy shaved ice stands.

Currently, 1-800-Shaved-Ice has universal foot switches on sale! Order today and practice with it so that you are ready when spring rolls around and it’s time to open your stand again!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Another Satisfied Customer

Everyone at thoroughly enjoys positive customer feedback. Here is what one of our customers had to say about our website, ordering process and expert shipping procedures:

The website is very easy to surf. I had no trouble locating exactly what I needed. They also made sure that the order set up included an item important to my order that I would never have though of on my own-pourers for the syrup bottles. Check out was fast and easy, leaving no room for doubt on all charges that would be applied to my order. Shipping was fast, within the time frame specified, and the order was well packaged.
Bindia, FL

So, if you’re looking to purchase shaved ice or snow cone products for your home, go to where you know you’ll be treated well!

Looking for a Great Guide to the Cotton Candy Business?

Are you looking for a great guide to the cotton candy business? Check out the FREE Cotton Candy Business Manual! This helpful guide has been created by Cotton Candy Express. It contains over 20 pages of information on a variety of topics related to the cotton candy business. From directions on making cotton candy and cleaning tips for your machines to profitability's all in there!

If you are seriously thinking about entering into the cotton candy business or even if you are an established concessions owner, you will find this information helpful. To get your FREE copy of this manual, click here! While you're at Cotton Candy Express, check out their great sale prices on their equipment and supplies too!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Shaved Ice Flower Cups can Increase your Sales

By using these colorful flower cups, you will create an eye-catching visual advertisement which will draw customers to your shaved ice stand. The brightly colored cups naturally attract attention, especially with children. When potential customers see the tasty treat that they contain, you know they will come purchase one! sells plastic flower cups in 4 oz., 8 oz., and 12 oz. sizes. You can purchase them in packs of 40 or in cases of 600. Stock up now while they are on sale! By purchasing them now, you will be lowering your cost per serving which will further increase your profits in the spring and summer!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Looking for a Quick, Easy, Gift Idea?

If you are searching for a unique gift idea for your friends, family, coworkers, or employees then look no further than the gift certificates available at Hawaiian Shaved Ice.

Send an E-Mail Gift Certificate today. Just moments after you complete the order, your gift recipient will receive their gift certificate via e-mail. Sending an instant e-mail gift certificate means you'll never be late with a gift again!

Another great feature is that there are no shipping charges for our gift certificates. Just choose the amount you want to send, fill in all the needed information during checkout, and your shopping is done! Hawaiian Shaved Ice gift certificates are a great gift for everyone who enjoys snow cones and shaved ice!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Cotton Candy Floss Concentrate

Flossine Cotton Candy Concentrate has been around since 1948. It is has been the number one choice for cotton candy professionals since its inception. Its great taste and resistance to clogging the ribbons makes it the preferred product nationwide!

In order to make your preferred floss sugar from our concentrates, we recommend that you experiment with the ingredients before you make your cotton candy. You may find that you only need to use 1 tablespoon per 10 pounds of sugar, or you may find that you need to use more or less tablespoons per 10 pounds of sugar. Use what you like best or prefer, and stick with your own recipe regardless of what other competitors are using! But, be careful of the type of sugar you use. If your sugar contains corn starch, you run a risk of clogging the ribbons on your machine.

Cotton Candy Express offers 8 great flavors of Flossine. Our winter sale is happening stock up today!