July 31, 2012

National Cotton Candy Day

“Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” - Ogden Nash

It's National Cotton Candy Day!

Cotton candy is so beloved by United Statesians that it's celebrated a few times throughout the year giving those afflicted with a "sweet tooth" multiple reasons to indulge for a reason.

But where does this gloriously colored sugar-on-a-stick come from?

In 1897, William Morrison (a dentist, mind you) and John C. Warton invented the cotton candy spinning machine which they would then patent two years later (cotton candy itself had been around prior, but was something only the very rich, very elite got to enjoy). This "Fairy Floss" was introduced to, and made popular at, the world at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 where it was sold for just 25 cents a bag - which is the equivalent of $6 today. In 1921 another dentist - Joseph Lascaux of New Orleans - invented a similar spinning machine, but named his confection "cotton candy." Hmmm....

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

I knew in advance (like the first week of January) exactly how today was gonna go down: me and a bottle of cotton candy vodka. There are very few days in this epic food eating adventure that I was so sure of, but today was definitely not one of them. With a little Coke Zero, I had myself one... maybe several... "Cotton Cola's."

I'm not so sure Mr. Morrison and Mr. Warton could have ever predicted that this was going to happen to their beloved fairy floss!

Happy National Cotton Candy Day!