December 7th is National Cotton Candy Day.
Cotton candy, also known as candyfloss and fairy floss, is a form of spun sugar. The only ingredient is sugar! This confection dates back to at least 18th century Europe. Master confectioners spun cotton candy Easter nests as well as spinning and crafting elaborate dessert presentations. An expensive, labor-intensive task, as it had to be spun by hand, it was not generally available.
Machine-spun cotton candy brought this cloud-like sweet to the masses. In 1897, a dentist named William Morrison and a confectioner named John C. Wharton invented a spinning machine and first introduced Fairy Floss at the 1904 World’s Fair. Joseph Lascaux, (also a dentist) from New Orleans, Louisiana, invented a similar cotton candy machine in 1921. He patented the name “cotton candy.”
Today, cotton candy is most often found at fairs, festivals, carnivals, and circuses. It may be colored or flavor or both. It can also be found in supermarkets, and Candy Cotton Candy Maker’s for the home can be purchased for under $40.
What’s you favorite flavor? Color?