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Video I Made The Impossible Cotton Candy From Ancient China
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  • - This is 16K strands of dragon beard's candy guys.
  • Look at that.
  • (playful music)
  • Hi, I'm Inga.
  • Today we're gonna try and make this super cool looking
  • cotton candy called dragon beard's candy.
  • This candy originated from China,
  • apparently ancient emperor's used to eat this.
  • Think of cotton candy that's made purely from your hands.
  • That's pretty cool.
  • Success rate is super, super low,
  • but we're still gonna give it a shot.
  • Let's do it.
  • The ingredients are pretty simple.
  • It's basically just sugar, sugar, sugar, sugar, and water.
  • Sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar, maltose.
  • You put them all in this pot, boil them up until
  • it becomes this sticky, gooey liquid
  • that we're then gonna shape into candy.
  • I also got burn relief gel because I wasn't sure
  • if I would burn myself.
  • So one step at a time.
  • If I remember correctly what I was supposed to do.
  • So sugar first.
  • Ooh hoo hoo.
  • Get every single bit.
  • Maltose.
  • Super gooey.
  • That's what it looks like.
  • From the videos and the recipes I saw,
  • I'm supposed to turn this on and then not stir it.
  • If you stir it, the sugar's gonna crystallize,
  • and if it crystallizes, you're screwed.
  • And that is a big no-no.
  • Oh my god.
  • Okay, so now I'm supposed to just leave it running.
  • I'm not the most patient person in the world, so.
  • (light music)
  • ^It's about 225, looks like a little volcano.
  • You can only look at it, which is what I'm doing.
  • Looking at it.
  • But it's so slow.
  • I think I might have cooked it for too long.
  • It's 277, I don't know if we're screwed.
  • I'm gonna pour this into this silicon mold.
  • Oh my god.
  • Okay.
  • Oh that was not a good idea.
  • We're going to let it cool down for a little bit.
  • We are back in business.
  • The cornstarch is to keep it from sticking together.
  • Here we go.
  • I think it's ready.
  • Ooh, look at that.
  • This is what it looks like right now.
  • Very, very pliable.
  • We're gonna poke a hole through this,
  • cover it in starch, ooh.
  • That feels nice.
  • We're gonna shape it into a ring.
  • Keep doing this, and then twisting it.
  • One ring becomes two rings, two rings become four rings,
  • up until we get to 16,000 rings.
  • If that sounds really ambitious, it is.
  • Look at so far.
  • Ahh.
  • Twist it, now we have two rings.
  • So we're gonna keep pulling it.
  • (laughing)
  • Oh my god.
  • In the trash.
  • Guess that means we're gonna do another one.
  • Here we go.
  • Nope.
  • This means we have to come back, redo the sugar.
  • All right.
  • Next time, you can cut.
  • It's after work now, I'm just gonna keep on doing this.
  • Can't just give up.
  • My dad didn't bring me up like that.
  • I cooked the sugar less this time.
  • Last time I couldn't even get it this big.
  • Feels good.
  • ^Stretchy, stretchy.
  • ^One to two.
  • ^Two to four.
  • ^Ooh, look at that.
  • ^It's stretching, there's no cracks.
  • ^I think it might actually work.
  • ^Four plus four.
  • ^Eight to 16.
  • ^It definitely feels very flexible.
  • ^32, right?
  • ^Oh my god, this is so much better than the first batch.
  • ^Maybe they just don't want me to succeed in front of people.
  • ^32 plus 32 is 64.
  • ^It looks like it's going somewhere!
  • ^128.
  • ^Pulling it, 256.
  • ^Looks like it's working.
  • ^512.
  • ^1,024.
  • ^You see that, I couldn't even get it past two last time.
  • ^2,048.
  • ^This is really working my muscles, 4096.
  • ^8,192.
  • So close.
  • Last one.
  • 16,384.
  • ^Yo, yeah.
  • 16K, I did it.
  • Wha.
  • Should we go one more?
  • 32,768.
  • There it is.
  • Look like a dragon's beard?
  • This looks like a 400 thread count
  • ^Egyptian cotton bed sheet.
  • Now we're gonna fill it with peanut filling.
  • Oh, I'm so excited.
  • It looks like whiskers.
  • Take a strand, put it in here.
  • There's a tiny little bite right there.
  • Does somebody wanna try this?
  • - It's really good.
  • - Yes.
  • I did it, I feel like I just climbed a mountain
  • and I'm at the very top.
  • People who are professionals at this,
  • what they do really is amazing.
  • So that's another thing off of my bucket list.
  • I've made the impossible cotton candy from ancient China.
  • Let's see what we can do next.
  • (playful music)

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