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A young girl enjoys cotton candy. (photo by Brittany Sowacke)

A young girl enjoys cotton candy. (photo by Brittany Sowacke)

By Che’mari Kent, Riverside Brookfield

On December 7 we celebrate National Cotton Candy Day.

In the 1400s,  it was first called spun sugar. Cotton candy has been a favorite treat for young kids at events like carnivals, fairs and circuses. Dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton are credited for the invention of machine-spun cotton candy in 1897. Cotton candy also is called candy floss or fairy floss. During the 18th century in Europe cotton candy was very expensive and was not available to the average person. After the invention on the machine-spun cotton candy was introduced to a wife audience at the 1904 World’s Fair known as “Fairly Floss.” People loved it and bought over 68,000 boxes for 25 cents a box.

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