I was pleasantly surprised. First cotton candy we made was with hard candy. I had no idea you could do that, and it also works with sugar free hard candy. But, the real reason I purchased it was for my daughter's birthday party. It was set up like a mini concession stand along with a snow cone machine and popcorn maker. Overall, it went well. Two things to keep in mind... It takes time to make them, about 3-5 min per cone, which can be tough when you have a dozen kids on-line and you have to clean it out on a regular basis which is not hard. The other thing it that this kit comes with practically nothing except two plastic, reusable cones and a stick. If you plan to use it with more than two people, I recommend buying some paper cones and some floss sugar flavors, unless you plan on just using hard candy.