June 11, 2017

Cotton Candy

I was never a fan of cotton candy when I was a kid because I get tonsillitis every time I had it. Now at 43, I'm a fan though still not eating it. I like how they make it with intricate designs.

Last week as I wait for my husband to finish his toy shopping I had time to chat and watched how Abby and Jeff of Candy Up in Robinsons Manila make beautiful cotton candy. Profound respect and admiration for Jeff and Abby dedication of this art! Salamat mga kapatid for accommodating my short interview.

Cotton candy (also known as fairy floss in Australia, candy floss in the UK and New Zealand) is a form of spun sugar. According to the New York Times, the confection "is almost 99.999 percent sugar, with dashes of flavoring and food coloring.


Maple-flavored cotton candy at the cabane à sucre (sugar shack), Pakenham, Canada
There are several claims for the origin of cotton candy, with some sources tracing it to a form of spun sugar found in Europe in the 19th century. At that time, spun sugar was an expensive, labor-intensive endeavor and was not generally available to the average person.[7] Others suggest versions of spun sugar originated in Italy as early as the 15th century.[8]

Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by the dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton and first introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World's Fair as "Fairy Floss"[9] with great success, selling 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box (equivalent to $7 per box today). Joseph Lascaux, a dentist from New Orleans, Louisiana, invented a similar cotton candy machine in 1921. In fact, the Lascaux patent named the sweet confection “cotton candy” and the "fairy floss" name faded away, although it retains this name in Australia.[10][11] In the 1970s an automatic cotton candy machine was created which made the product and packaged it. This made it easier to produce and available to sell at carnivals, fairs, and stores in the 1970s and on. (Source: Wikipedia)

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