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Who Invented Cotton Candy?

Originally called “Fairy Floss”, the process of making Cotton Candy was invented by four men: Thomas Patton, Josef Delarose Lascaux, John C. Wharton, and William Morrison.

Morrison and Wharton were able to patent the first electric cotton candy machine in 1899. This machine used centrifugal force to spin and melt sugar through small holes. As the bowl spun around, the melted sugar was forced through tiny holes in the bowl. As soon as it hit the cool air, the melted sugar formed a feathery candy. In 1904, these two Nashville candy makers introduced their invention at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Due to fair goers’ curiosity, they sold about 69 thousand boxes of cotton candy for 25 cents each - making over $17,000.00, a lot of money inn those days.

How cotton candy is made.

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