National Cotton Candy Day
Cotton Candy History
Four men, Thomas Patton, Josef Delarose Lascaux, John C. Wharton and William Morrison, are usually credited as inventing cotton candy, originally called “Fairy Floss.” Morrison and Wharton patented the first electric cotton candy machine back in 1899. The duo first introduced the candy to the public during the 1904 World’s Fair. Selling the candy at 25 cents a box, it is estimated the two men made over $17,000!
Patton also obtained a patent in 1900, which he introduced to the public at the Ringley Brothers Circus. While the fourth man, Dr. Lascaux, did not receive a patent, he did share his product with his office – a dental office that is. Go figure!
In honor of National Cotton Candy Day, why not try out a few cotton candy-inspired recipes & cocktails? Who says you have to be a kid to enjoy cotton candy?