Fairy Floss or Cotton Candy

pink-fairyThere is a very cute fairy tale about how “fairy floss”, was made. There was once a little pink fairy in the fairyland that just could not stop running once she started. Once her mother was making a sweet and she put sugar on a hot plate. The little fairy was very impatient and she could not wait for her mother to finish making the dessert. So she stuck her magic wand in the melted sugar  so that she could lick it off the wand. But it got stuck, so she yanked it off and ran as fast as she did not want her mother to catch her. But strings of sugar followed her wrapping all around her magic wand. When she did stop there were huge fluffs of pink cotton on her wand. Her mother just hugged her and named the fluffs of pink cotton as “fairy floss”:)

May be it is true may be not.


But here are some facts about Fairy floss. Fairy floss (also called Cotton Candy) is made by melting sugar and then flinging the melted sugar so that it makes a thin string. Spun sugar, fairy floss and cotton candy was a fluffy treat created by pushing liquid strings of melted sugar through small holes and around a cardboard cone. In the early 18th century only a very few people could afford it.

Cotton Candy


However, that changed when Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by the dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton and first introduced to a wide audience. In 1920 fairy floss was re-named as cotton candy. Cotton candy contains only one ingredient: sugar.

Cotton candy at circus

First introduced in the early 1900s, the candy has become a staple in fairs and circuses alike.


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