Cotton candy, fairy floss, candy floss, whatever you call it, everyone loves cotton candy. The sweet, airy treat brings back memories of state fairs, baseball games, and other fun adventures.
Our Cotton Candy
At Cole’s Gourmet Popcorn & Treats, we make over a dozen different flavors of cotton candy right in our store! You’ll find flavors like Strawberry, Blue Raspberry, Green Apple, and many more. Kids and adults alike get excited about all the different colors and flavors. One of our most popular flavors is “Mystery.” With several different colors of cotton candy stacked in the same container, each flavor is a new surprise! Although the original cotton candy at the 1904 World’s Fair was sold in wooden boxes, we display it in clear plastic tubs. You can see the rainbow of colors through the plastic, and the container keeps it from getting squished, so it’s easy to transport to parties, birthdays, and other events.
The Story of Cotton Candy
Surprisingly, spun sugar has been around for a long time. All the way back in the 15thCentury, cooks in Italy would melt sugar into syrup, and then create intricate sculptures with strands of the melted sugar. This made the early versions of cotton candy very time-consuming and difficult to produce, so it could only be afforded by the rich upper classes. It didn’t become common and affordable enough for the average person until in 1897, when the first cotton candy machine was created by (ironically,) a dentist named William Morrison, and a confectioner named John C. Wharton. These two men debuted their machine at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and called the sugary treat “fairy floss.” Today cotton candy is a popular treat around the world, and goes by different names like “candy floss,” “floss sugar,” and “fairy floss.” Here at Cole’s Gourmet Popcorn & Treats, we call this sweet treat “cotton candy!” Stop by to pick some up and Have a Fun Day!
For more information, check out National Geographic’s article on Cotton Candy.