The secret behind cotton candy: Who invented cotton candy

Do you like to hear a joke? Alright

John eats 30 cotton candies. He eats 18 more cotton candies. What does John have now?

Cavities.  John has cavities!

Well, we all love making jokes and having fun with our friends. Jokes apart, have you got cavities in your teeth ever? Whom did you contact? Dentist. Right.

If your dentist told you to stay away from sweets and candies, then today’s post might surprise you.

Have you ever wondered who invented cotton candy? As improbable it may seem, but the sweet-smelling, sugary treat was actually invented by a dentist.

Dr. William Morrison invented the first cotton candy back in 1897 with the assistance of a candy maker John C. Wharton. You might be thinking before knowing this, that sweets are the dentist’s nemesis. But after all, if there was no cavity, then whom would the dentists treat? Fair enough right?

They usually make every effort to keep our teeth healthy, clean, and strong so that we can laugh and show off our beautiful smiles. But it would be great to know that cotton candies don’t contain high calories or sugar. The sweet treat is a result of powdered sugar mixed with color and air, which relatively have a low-calorie count than carnival funnel cakes and canes.

How to make cotton candy?

how to make cotton candy

To prepare cotton candy you need only two things: air and colored sugar. The low-calorie treat that does no harm to the ones who follow a strict diet, means that the number of calories is too low that they would be barely countable.

Want to make cotton candy on your own? The process is quite simple.

Just grab the cotton candy machine and pour your favorite flavored sugar in it. The machine will spin and heat up – up to 300 degrees to melt the flavored sugar. When the machine spins, it throws the melted sugar to a screen which breaks the pieces into flossy threads.

A Polyonymous sugar snack

A Polyamorous sugar snack

Many people love cotton candy. It has got many different names as well. In China, cotton candy is called ‘Dragon’s bread’

In England – Candy Floss

candy floss

France – Papa’s bread

papa bread

Netherlands – Sugar Spiders

sugar spider

Greece – Old Ladies Hair

old ladies hair

Facts about cotton candy that might surprise you

There are many fun facts that are related to cotton candy, other than the one mentioned in the beginning of the article.

Another, your granny may not love the cola or the chocolate.

Offer her the cotton candy. we bet she will not refuse to have one.

You probably don’t know that:

  • The longest thread of cotton candy ever made was about 1.4 kilometers long. That could cover more than three football fields. It was created in 2009.
  • One strand of cotton candy is actually thinner than your hair. It’s about 1/2000 of an inch.
  • It may be fascinating to know that in the United States, a national cotton candy day is celebrated every year on November 7.
  • Cotton candy was introduced in 1904, at the St. Louis World Fair. And a box of sweet cotton was sold for 25 cents in the fair. It may seem cheaper, but that time it was half of the price of the entry ticket.
world fair
  • Cotton candy comes in many flavors including chocolate, banana, maple syrup, bubble gum, and vanilla.
  • Street cotton candy makers in China make artworks using colored cotton candy. These edible masterpieces resemble animals, flowers, and other everyday objects.

This is a single treat that has different names around the world: 

In Australia and New Zealand, they call it ‘fairy floss’.

British people call it ‘candy floss’.

In South Africa, people call it ‘teeth floss’. In Spanish, it is called ‘Algodón de azúcar’

The Polish people call it ‘wata cukrowa’

In Iran, it is ‘pashmak’, meaning wool-like substance.

The French people call it ‘barbe à papa’ or dad’s bread.

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