Happy National Cotton Candy Day

National Cotton Candy Day

July 31st and December 7th

What day can be better than this? Everyone loves cotton candy!

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Where did Cotton Candy come from?

There are a couple claims to as where cotton candy came from. Originally cotton candy was called spun sugar. Some sources say that spun sugar originated in Italy as early as the 15th century. Other sources say that spun sugar was created in Europe in the 19th century but it was so labor intensive and expensive that it was not available to the average person.

But can you believe that it was actually a dentist who came up with the modern version of this sugary treat that we know and love today?

In 1897, Dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton created the first machine spun cotton candy. They sold it at the 1904 World’s Fair and called it “Fairy Floss”. They sold 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box.

On September 6, 1905, Albert D. Robinson of Lynn, Massachusetts submitted his patent for an Electric Candy-Spinning Machine. May 1907 he transferred the rights to the General Electric Company of New York. His patent still remains today as the basic cotton candy machine.

Joseph Lascaux, another dentist from New Orleans, Louisiana, invented a similar cotton candy machine in 1921. What is with all these dentists promoting so much sugar? Anyways, The Lascaux patent named the sweet confection “cotton candy”, which is what most people call it today, unless you live in Australia.

Year later n the 1970s, an automatic cotton candy machine was created which made the product and packaged it which made it easier to sell at carnivals and fairs.

So, How is Cotton Candy Made?

Cotton candy is made from two ingredients, air and sugar. First, you add sugar to the center of a cotton candy machine. The center of the machines spins, and will heat up to 300 degrees. At this point the sugar melts. When the center begins to spin, the melted sugar is pushed through a screen that breaks the pieces up into the flossy threads that being to stick to the sides. Someone then puts the stick in and collects the cotton candy on it until you have a full head of cotton candy on a paper stick! Yum! The sugar used it usually colored and flavored.

Cotton Candy Trivia

  • Cotton Candy was created by a dentist and candy maker. The cotton candy machine was also created by a dentist!
  • There is more sugar in a 12 ounce can of soda than an average cone of cotton candy because there is actually more air than sugar on each cone.
  • Cotton Candy has many names around the world such as France: daddy’s beard, Australia” Fairy Floss, China, dragon’s beard, Netherlands, sugar spider.
  • A Cotton Candy thread is smaller than a human hair.
  • The longest Cotton Candy in the Guinness World Records was 4,593 ft 2 in long and was made by Kocaeli Fuar Müdürlügü in Izmit, Kocaeli, Turkey, on July 10th, 2009. It weighed 300 kg. It took 70 of Kocaeli Fuar Müdürlügü staff to make the cotton candy in 6 hours.
  • There are two holidays celebrating Cotton Candy on July 31st and December 7th.

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Sources: Wiki, Gold Medal,

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