It’s summer which means county fairs are cropping up across the U.S. In addition to livestock, rides and games, county fairs are also known for wacky food creations. As much as we love to try something new, our favorite is that delicious, sweet and sticky confection, Cotton Candy.
So where did Cotton Candy come from and how did it become such a fair staple? Cotton Candy is made up of 99.99% sugar with a little food coloring mixed in to make the fun and festive colors. According to Wikipedia, Cotton Candy is made by heating and liquefying sugar and spinning it out through minute holes, where it re-solidifies in minutely thin strands of “sugar glass,” the final cotton candy contains mostly air, with a typical serving weighing approximately 1 ounce or 30 grams.
Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by the dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton and first introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as “Fairy Floss.” They sold 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box which is the equivalent to $7 per box today.
Joseph Lascaux, a dentist from New Orleans, Louisiana, invented a similar cotton candy machine in 1921. In fact, the Lascaux patent named the sweet confection “cotton candy” and the “fairy floss” name faded away, although it retains this name in Australia. In the 1970s an automatic cotton candy machine was created which made the product and packaged it. This made it easier to produce and available to sell at carnivals, fairs, and stores in the 1970s and on.
In 2016, Pillow Pets created the Sweet Scented Cotton Candy Unicorn, infusing the yummy scent of Cotton Candy into an adorable Pillow Pet you can hug. www.SweetScentedPets.com