National Cotton Candy Day is celebrated on December 7 to the joy of our sweet tooth and the dismay of our dentists.
But did you know that dentists made it up in the first place? It was even called fairy thread in the past. Now, it’s the preferred choice at county fairs and a must-have for riding a Ferris wheel. Most of our childhood memories would not have been complete without the sugary cloud that is cotton candy. Read on to discover its history, as well as how to celebrate one of the sweetest days of the year.
NATIONAL COTTON CANDY DAY SCHEDULE
1897 – Dentists gave the sweet gift
Can you believe it? Dentist William Morrison and pastry chef John C. Wharton are credited with inventing machine-spun cotton candy.
1904 – debut of cotton candy
Following the invention of machine-spun cotton candy, it was finally presented to a wide audience at the St. Louis World’s Fair. At that time, it was called “fairy thread”.
1921 – Cotton candy gets its name
It came about when a dentist, Josef Lascaux, built a machine and sold the treatment to patients in his Louisiana office. It is believed that he was the one who coined the permanent name.
COTTON CANDY DAY NATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Eat all the cotton candy you can
Buy and celebrate! You may try a new flavor for the first time. Banana? Green apple? Strawberry?
Give some to your siblings or childhood friends.
If you enjoyed cotton candy with someone at a young age, celebrate with them. We are sure that sweet memories will accompany this sweet solution.
Try to do it at home
Do you think you could do better than the dentists who created it? Give it a try and taste various flavors as you do it.
3 REASONS WHY IT SEEMS WE CANNOT HAVE ENOUGH
Sugar is the only true ingredient
When spun, cotton candy is completely white because it is made only from sugar. Adding dye can transform the color.
A cotton candy strand is thinner than a lock of human hair
Although thin, the treatment can be very long. In fact, the longest cotton candy was created in July 2009 and stretched for more than 1,400 meters.
Cotton candy goes by different names around the world.
In England, it is called cotton candy. In Australia and Finland, it is called fairy thread. In the Netherlands, it is known as suikerspin, which means “sugar spider”. Are you traveling to France? Call it barbe à papa, which means daddy’s beard.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL COTTON CANDY DAY
All the sugar, all the time
If you need a sweet fix, this is your ticket to that sugar rush you crave.
Quick, easy and without crumbs
Not only is cotton candy easy to store, but it’s not messy. They are just soft clouds of sugar that can be easily folded and eaten in less than a minute.
Makes us nostalgic
Carnivals, fairs and more. Cotton candy brings back memories. We love to feel like children again.