What Is Cotton Candy? Cotton Candy Complete History

Cotton Candy

Cotton candy (also called cloud or cotton cloud) is a very popular treat worldwide, consisting of melted sugar strands tangled around a stick or cone. It is prepared using a special machine and is usually sold at fairs and other festive events. The characteristic color of the candy is pink, although a mixture of pink, purple and blue is also popular.

What Is Cotton Candy Cotton Candy Complete History

To the touch, cotton candy is soft and very similar to cotton (hence its name) when it is dry, however, it dissolves easily in the mouth and leaves the hands and face sticky to its contact. It does not have a characteristic aroma, however, it is normal for the machines used to make it have a strong smell of caramel or cooked sugar. Many people consider that this candy, together with caramelized apples, are part of the genuine experience of visiting a fair. It is also a very popular sweet in circus shows.
The basis of what we know today as cotton candy was born around the year 1400 in Italy where the cooks used to heat sugar until it became liquid and then, with a fork or similar utensil, they formed long flexible threads that later tangled and used them as decoration of other desserts based on chocolate or cream. However, this type of preparation was very time consuming and too expensive, so it never became popular. In 1897 candy makers created a machine capable of forming fine threads with liquid sugar automatically, bypassing liquid sugar mixed with dyes through a fabric to form the strands. The invention was first presented at the 1900 World Fair in France under the name Fairy Floss (Fairy Silk), and then at the World Fair in Saint Louis, United States in 1904 at a value of 25 cents a portion ( an excessive price for the time, but that did not prevent it from becoming a success).

Later the candy stores began to buy the machines, offering the product for a lower price and with the name of sugar-spun. However, the machines became fragile, so the product would not become the massive success it is today. Around 1940, another company, Gold Medal Products, created another model based on the same principle, making machines more solid and formed by more resistant metal parts and less prone to failures. In this way, the candy was consolidated among the people by lowering the final price for the consumer.

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