Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019

The unique origin of cotton candy


IllustrationIllustration - Who does not know cotton candy? It is a form of spun sugar. You can find cotton candy in festivals or bazaars.Cotton candy is soft and sweet, making it one of the most favorite sweets among children and adults. But, it has an interesting story behind it.

As cited from Daily Meal, many people believe that cotton candy had existed since 15th century in Italy. Back then, the chefs used melted sugar which was kept in a barrel, to make something like sugar fiber using fork. It is said that back then, only rich people could taste it.

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The making of cotton candy using machine like in the present day first started in 1897. What was interesting about it was that it was made by a dentist from Nashville, Tennessee, named William James Morrison. He worked together with John C. Wharton to make the machine.

The machine could melt sugar then filter it. The next process is spinning it into sugar fibers. Ever since then, they sold the machine and cotton candy in a box.

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As time goes by, people modified and improved the machine. In 1900, the machine made by Thomas Patton was patented. The machine used gas as the fuel. The machine kept developing. In 1949, Gold Metal Products of Cincinnati, Ohio, introduced a cotton candy making machine with pedal. But back then, the machine could only produce cotton candy in small portion. In 1972, a machine was made to make and pack automatically. After that, cotton candy could be produced in mass.

Today, there are many variants of cotton candy with different colors. There are many kinds of flavors, like banana, raspberry, vanilla and chocolate. The sweet is so popular in United States of America to the point that they have a National Day for Cotton Candy, which falls on December 7th.


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