December 7, 2012

National Cotton Candy Day

"I am a cynical optimist. Big opening weekends are like cotton candy. The films you will remember over time are the films that stick in the consciousness of the audience in a good way." - Robert Redford

It's National Cotton Candy Day!

Cotton candy, that the sticky, sweet, neon-colored sugar on a stick, has made multiple appearances on the food calendar - that's how much we love it! It was created by a dentist (clever money making scheme for him or genuine goodwill act towards the children of the world?). He and a mate introduced their "fairy floss" - as it was then called - to the World's Fair in St. Louis in 1904 where it was sold for a quarter. It was a hit, and reintroduced to the world a couple decades later by a different dentist with a different spinning machine as "cotton candy."

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

How's the magical stuff made anyway? Unfortunately, after some research I'm sad to say that fairies actually play no part in it's creation. It starts with melted sugar. The spinning machine it's poured into pushes the liquid strings of sugar through small holes that cool and shape it into what looks like thousands of tiny threads that can easily be twisted around a stick.

Happy National Cotton Candy Day!