Oct. 8th, 2012

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Good weekend, all told. Setup for cotton candy was mostly completed Friday night, with only a few minor glitches (including a mixing spoon for the cotton candy mix that disappeared somewhere between the house and the town hall where we set up — found it hiding under a seat in the van Sunday morning).

About 275 cotton candy were made on Saturday, and about 325 on Sunday, for a total of about 600 for the weekend. That was just about right for maxing out our contribution to the scholarship fund (10% of sales up to a set amount, which we reached).

The experiment with varying the proportions of maple and cane sugar in the mix worked well, although I will probably continue to experiment with the recipe. We normally use light amber syrup in our mix, whereas the group at the Big E use dark amber syrup. I tested using medium amber for a few of the batches this year, and I could definitely smell the difference, but I don't know that any of the customers noticed anything different (we get a number of repeat customers during the day, so there was an opportunity for some people to try both mixes).

The festival was open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, we had a continuous stream of customers from about 11:30 to about 3:30. On Sunday, it was as if someone flipped an off switch at 3:00 PM exactly (I checked the clock), and we only had a few short periods of sales after that. Unfortunately, one of those periods was while [livejournal.com profile] helwen was away from our area, so I had to handle those by myself.

The mix keeps well, so we will put the leftover mix in storage for next year.

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