June 11, 2013

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!

If you Google "When is National Cotton Candy Day?" it will tell you December 7th. A quick scroll through the results and you'll see July 31st also mentioned frequently. But The National Confectioners Association has it listed on their website as June 11th while no one else does. So, for good measure, I'll include it, too. Besides - you can never have enough cotton candy! (And if your teeth can't handle the sticky stuff, then cotton candy vodka is just as - if not more - pleasant!)

The cotton candy spinning machine was created in the late nineteenth century by William Morrison and John C. Warton. A couple years later they patented their machine and brought their "fairy floss" to the World's Fair in St. Louis in 1904 where it sold for a quarter a bag. In 1921 Joseph Lascaux invented a similar spinning machine, but named his sweet confection "cotton candy."

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Happy National Cotton Candy Day!