A Sweet Treat

What reminds a person of a day at the county fair more than a taste of this sweet treat?

Everyone knows what it is – cotton candy, candy floss, fairy floss, barbe de papa, but not many people know how this strange treat came about.

There are many claims about cotton candy first being spun in Europe as early as the 15th century; partners William Morrison, dentist, and confectioner John C. Wharton invented machine-spun cotton candy in 1897. At the World’s Fair in 1904, the partners introduced it to the wide audience as “fairy floss.” As for the name change, in 1921 Joseph Lascaux (another dentist) created a similar machine to spin the floss. He named the sweet sugar confection “cotton candy,” having the original “fairy floss” fade away.


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