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History of Cotton Candy

Cotton candy, also known as fairy floss, is a popular sweet treat made from spun sugar that looks like a big cotton ball.

The history of cotton candy dates back to the early 19th century when it was first created by a dentist named William Morrison and a candy maker named John C. Wharton in Nashville, Tennessee in 1897.

The two men came up with the idea for cotton candy while experimenting with a machine that they had developed to spin sugar. They introduced their invention at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, where it was a huge success.

Initially, cotton candy was considered a LUXURY item, as it was expensive to produce and only available at carnivals and fairs. However, the development of more efficient spinning machines and lower production costs led to its increased popularity and availability.

Over time, different flavors and colors of cotton candy were introduced, and it became a staple at circuses, fairs, and amusement parks around the world. Today, cotton candy is enjoyed by people of all ages and is widely available in supermarkets, convenience stores, and candy shops.

Come get some “Fairy Floss” or cotton candy at the Queen Charlotte Fair!

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