Cotton candy is a delicious, sugary treat that goes by many names, including fairy floss, candy floss, Papa’s beard and old woman’s hair. It looks like cotton wool, but is made from spun sugar. Something as magical as that definitely deserves a holiday all of its own! Cotton candy is typically a festival food, sold at fairs, markets, circuses and the sea-side, but nowadays home cotton candy machines are readily available so that the more enterprising cooks can whip up fairy floss in their own kitchens. So are you ready to celebrate what must be the sweetest day of the year to the fullest? You’d better be, because cotton candy is almost 100% sugar!
The History of Cotton Candy Day
Cotton candy was first made in Europe in the 19 century, but because it was both expensive and time-consuming to produce, it did not quite take off. The cotton candy machine, which spins molten sugar into fine strands, was invented by dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Warton in 1897 and allowed enormous amounts of cotton candy to be made in a short period of time using centrifugal force. However, the two men decided to keep their invention under wraps until the World Fair in 1904, where they sold 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box (equivalent to $6 per box today) to people who could just not get enough of the texture of the candy, becoming instantly rich. Long story short, cotton candy (also known as “fairy floss”, “fluffy stuff” and “candy floss”) has been dazzling customers ever since. Honestly, can you even remember the last time you went to a festival or carnival and did not get all sticky eating cotton candy?
How to Celebrate Cotton Candy Day
This Cotton Candy Day, why not invest in one of Morrison and Warton’s machines and invite your nearest and dearest over for a little carnival of your own? All you’ll need is sugar or corn syrup, a bit of food coloring and a stick or cone to collect it with, as well as plenty of warm soapy water to rinse your hands, to enjoy a party like you never have before! Cotton candy is also the perfect additin to a number of parties, especially children’s birthday parties, and youngsters seem to be particularly fond of cotton candy’s unforgettable consistency and the fact that it can come in all sorts of fun colors. Another thing that Cotton Candy Day could motivate you to do is go to the dentist for a checkup. That might seem like a bit of a buzzkill, but considering the ingredients that go into cotton candy, if you are a fan of it, chances are you should be getting your teeth looked at a little more often. As delicious as it is, sugar does not do much good to your teeth. And after all, William Morrison was a dentist who later became President of the Tennessee State Dental Association. He would definitely approve, and you will definitely not regret having gone. Prevention is always better than cure.