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The cotton candy machine got an enthusiastic reception in our house. But the enthusiasm soon turned to disappointment. The machine does come with a battery included, but it must be charged for eight hours before using, so we connected it overnight.

Morning dawned with new hope and two words that became a mantra - "cotton candy." After the battery was charged and inserted in the machine, we put in teaspoon of sugar in the top basin as instructed and turned it on.

"Just 30 seconds" the instruction manual said, but pressing the button for 30 seconds produced only a few strands. After 30 seconds the machine, which smelled like a motor over-straining itself, stopped working. According to the instructions that is supposed to happen because "the machine has a timer that lets it operate for 30 seconds (maximum) each time, regardless of how long you press the on button. The machine stops working for 10 seconds after every 30 seconds of use or after partial usage." A child who pressed the button himself (the toy is meant for children aged eight and above) shouted after every 30 seconds "the machine's broken."

After several tries, some cotton candy materialized but it resembled in no way the confection produced by commercial machines at amusement parks. The candy couldn't be licked off a stick or even a small wooden skewer.

In the middle of making the third batch, the battery ran out and had to be recharged for hours. And all this fluff fun can be yours for the merely scandalous price of NIS 230 per machine. The "cotton candy machine for home use" is manufactured by Ilanit and available at all Toys R Us stores.