Fun Facts About Cotton Candy

This delicacy, popular all over the world, has many names. For example, in Australia it is called "magic fluff", in England "sweet fluff", in Italy "sugar yarn", in Germany "sugar wool". This product consists almost entirely of sugar, the process of its preparation is quite simple - in a special apparatus the sugar heats up and begins to melt. The apparatus itself rotates continuously, the sugar is squeezed through a fine sieve, small streams are formed, which are wound on a stick, forming a sweet balloon.

All this takes a matter of seconds, therefore, customers themselves can watch how regular sugar turns into a sweet air cloud. Thanks to dyes and flavors, cotton candy can be given a variety of flavors and colors. It is difficult to say exactly where cotton candy was first produced. There is evidence that it was made back in Italy in the 15th century. The process was completely manual, therefore, only wealthy people could afford such a luxury.

It was simply impossible to cook a portion of cotton wool in a minute, as it is now, at that time. The sugar was melted in a saucepan, then each fiber was stretched with special forks. The cost of sugar itself, and it was then not cheap, plus a laborious process, made cotton wool an elite product.

Cotton candy became available to different strata of the population only at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, when devices for its preparation appeared. In 1893, American dentist William Morrison and his compatriot confectioner John Wharton made a machine that could quickly prepare "cotton candy". They officially registered their invention four years later, US patent No. 618428. Thus, the birthday of cotton candy can be called December 12, 1897.

The presentation of the device to the general public took place only a few years later, during a trade show in St. Louis in 1904. By the way, at the same time the city hosted the III Summer Olympic Games. The Electric Candy Company sold 68, 655 cotton candy in a matter of months at a cost of 25 cents each. American pastry chefs prepared thoroughly for the mass event. In addition to cotton candy, for the first time, customers were offered to try hot dogs and ice cream in waffle packs. All these products are very popular all over the world even after more than 100 years.

Compared to Italy in the 15th century, cotton wool has become much cheaper, but 25 cents for that time was a pretty solid amount. A case in point is that in some American stores you could buy a men's shirt for the same money. But, thousands of exhibitors were able to buy and appreciate what was once available only to high society.

The World Exhibition did its job - cotton candy, which few knew about until the beginning of the twentieth century, began a triumphal procession across the planet. The devices began to be purchased in various countries of the world, newspapers and magazines of that time were literally replete with advertisements, in which they praised the advantages of such a business.

Already in the twenties of the last century, cotton candy became known almost all over the world. The cost per serving was low, as it only required 10-15 grams of sugar to prepare it. Cotton candy sellers could be seen at all public events - in parks, beaches, train stations, markets. Cotton wool was very popular in the Soviet Union, our compatriots, whose childhood fell on the era of the USSR, still remember it with enthusiasm. Moreover, it was not a rarity even in the era of scarcity, and the cost was affordable even for a Soviet schoolchild.

Doctors also thought about the dangers and benefits of cotton candy. Since it is made from sugar, it is not recommended for people with diabetes. But for a healthy body, it did not bring harm. With moderate consumption, naturally. After all, only a couple of tablespoons of sugar were spent on a portion of an impressive size. In addition, cotton wool made from natural raw materials could significantly improve mood.

Cotton candy is included in some cocktails, the most famous of which is "Breakfast with Dali". It contains many other ingredients - rum, liqueur, cinnamon syrup, lime, passion fruit, mint, lotus flower and so on.

Despite the fact that the process of making cotton candy itself has hardly changed over the decades, its composition is significantly different from that which our grandparents enjoyed. Cotton wool, of course, has become more colorful, only this beauty is achieved with the help of artificial dyes. Nowadays, finding cotton wool made from pure sugar, like in the good old days, has become not at all easy.