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10 Sweet facts about cotton candy


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Mmmm… there’s nothing quite like cotton candy. The sweet treat looks like a cloud and tastes like all kinds of goodness. December 7th is Cotton Candy Day. Celebrate by checking out these facts about this sugary stuff.

What ingredients are in cotton candy?

Sugar cubes.
Photo by Coralie Ferreira licensed CC BY 2.0

Sugar is the only ingredient in cotton candy. (Ten out of ten dentists are probably not happy to hear that!)

Who invented cotton candy?

Little boy at the dentist.
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Believe it or not, a dentist named Dr. William Morrison invented the sugary treat in 1897.

Where was cotton candy first sold?

Black and white photo of ferris wheel from 1904.
The Ferris wheel at the St. Louis World's Fair. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Cotton candy was first introduced at the St. Louis World Fair in 1904. A box of the sweet stuff sold for 25 cents. That may not sound like a lot, but that was half the price of an admission ticket to the fair.

How thin are the flossy strands?

Pink candy floss.
Photo by Kate licensed CC BY 2.0

A thread of cotton candy is thinner than a human hair.

Is there more than one flavour?

Maple syrup cotton candy.
Photo by QUOI Media Group licensed CC BY-SA 2.0

Cotton candy comes in many different flavours, including: bubble gum, banana, chocolate, vanilla, watermelon and maple syrup, as seen in the picture above.

We know it as cotton candy!

Neon-lights spell out,
Photo by :)gab(: licensed CC BY-SA 2.0

Cotton candy has different names around the world. In England, it’s called candy floss. In Australia and Finland, it’s called fairy floss. In the Netherlands, it’s known as suikerspin, which means “sugar spider.” And in France, it’s called barbe à papa, which mean papa’s beard.

How is it made?

Cotton candy machine.
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To make cotton candy, sugar is melted until it becomes a liquid. This liquid sugar is then spun in a machine. It begins to cool and turn into a solid again, taking on the shape of sugary threads. These threads can then be collected on a paper cone or placed in a plastic bag, ready to be enjoyed.

Where can you buy cotton candy?


In 2009, a vending machine was invented that lets you buy a serving of cotton candy at any time.

What is the wildest fact about cotton candy?

Several images of the worlds longest finger nails, a dog on a surboard, etc.
Image from guinnessworldrecords.com

The longest cotton candy was created in July 2009 and measured 1,400 m long—about the same length as 13 football fields! It took six hours to make the gigantic treat.

Tell me something cool.

Street vendors in China sell cotton candy artwork. They create edible masterpieces that resemble flowers and animals, using nothing but cotton candy.