Cotton candy, a yummy, melt in the mouth sweet treat, was invented in 1897 by William Morrison and John C. Whartonby. They were confectioners from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. They introduced this candy to the world in the 1904 World’s Fair as ‘Fairy Floss’ and sold huge amounts of it for 25 cents a box. They sold about 68,655 boxes at that fair.
The cloud-like candy which looks like a fluffy mass of cotton is made from finely-granulated sugar that is heated and spun into slim threads. Morrison and Wharton invented a device that heated sugar in a spinning bowl that had tiny holes in it. As the bowl spun around, the caramelized sugar was forced through the tiny holes, making feathery candy.
Joseph Lascaux, a dentist from New Orleans, Louisiana, also invented a similar cotton candy machine in 1921. It was the Lascaux patent which gave the name ‘Cotton Candy’ to the treat. It is still called ‘Fairy Floss’ in Australia. In the 1970s an automatic cotton candy machine was invented which made it easier produce, package and market the product in carnivals, fairs, stores,etc. The U.S. celebrates National Cotton Candy Day on December 7. So, how about savoring the treat on that day, every year?!