With only one ingredient: sugar; what’s not to love? William Morrison and John Warton invented cotton candy in 1897. However, it was not introduced to the public until 1904 at the World’s Fair in St. Louis where it was an instant hit. Cotton candy was originally called “fairy floss”, and in some parts of the world it is called “old woman’s hair.” Although cotton candy is mostly consumed at fairs and festivals, you may be able to pick some up at your local grocery store. Stop in and pick up some cotton candy to celebrate this tasty holiday!
Here are some fun facts about cotton candy:
- Tootsie Roll is the largest cotton candy manufacturer.
- Cotton candy was Co-invented by a dentist. That’s right, dentist William Morrison is partly responsible for the invention of machine-spun cotton candy created in 1897.
- Cotton candy was first introduced to the general public at the 1904 World’s Fair. They reportedly sold 68.655 boxes at 25¢ per box (the equivalent of $6 today.)
- To make cotton candy, sugar is melted, spun in a liquid state and pulled through tiny holes where it cools and becomes solid again. The threads are then wound around a stick.
- Cotton candy machines use centrifugal force to spin and melt sugar through small holes.
- There’sless sugar in cotton candy than in soda. While cotton candy is made of only sugar, it’s also fluffed up with a bunch of air.
- We love cotton candy so much that we’ve given it not one, but two national holidays. July 31st & December 7th.