National Cotton Candy Day

Reminisce about your childhood while eating candy floss on #NationalCottonCandyDay. Source: Pixabay

7 December celebrates National Cotton Candy Day, a day cotton candy lovers look forward to every year, and celebrate by pulling puffs of this sugary delight from a stick or out of a bag.

Cotton candy (known in South Africa as candy floss) dates back to the 1400s and was first called spun sugar. It’s still a firm favourite of young and old, enjoyed at carnivals, fairs and the circus.

The existence of cotton candy (spun sugar) was first recorded in the 18th century in Europe, but was very expensive and labour-intensive to produce. For those reasons, it was generally not available to the average person.

William Morrison (a dentist) and John C Wharton (a confectioner) have been credited with the invention of machine-spun cotton candy in 1897. After this invention, the treat was introduced to a wide audience as “Fairy Floss” at the 1904 World’s Fair. People loved it so much they bought 68 000 boxes at 25 cents each.

Celebrate National Cotton Candy Day by eating some candy floss today as it is still very popular.

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Adéle Bloem
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