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The sweet story of cotton candy

The Morrison and Wharton electric sugar machine made its first major appearance at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904. The seven-month world exhibition featured a re-enactment of the Boer War, the largest organ in the world, an 80-meter-high Ferris wheel and an elephant water slide. About 20 million people visited the exhibition, where Morrison and Wharton sold 68,655 servings of cotton candy. They packed the sweets in small wooden boxes and marketed them as "fairy flowed“(Fairy Silk).

The term "cotton candy”(“ Cotton candy ”) only prevailed under the influence of Josef Lascaux, another dentist who made cotton candy. He sold the candy to his patients and tried unsuccessfully to improve on the original design of the Morrison and Wharton machine. The machine tended to shake and shake and eventually fall apart. The problem was not resolved until 1949 by installing a spring-loaded base plate. The invention was so effective that its distributor, Gold Medal Products of Cincinnati, is still the world's leading manufacturer of cotton candy machines. In 1951, Gold Medal invented a suitable machine that could roll a flat sheet of paper into a perfect cotton candy bag.

However, candy is not a recent invention. According to Tim Richardson's book, Sweets: A History of Candy, cotton candy dates back to at least the 15th century. Back then, creative Italian chefs created fantastic sculptures out of spun sugar. To do this, they first liquefied the sugar, then stretched the syrup with a fork and draped the strands over a broomstick.

In the 16th century, Heinrich III. invited by France to a state visit to Venice and enjoyed a sugar banquet including cutlery and a tablecloth made from spun sugar. In the early 19th century, the famous chef Marie-Antoine Carême, who also made Napoleon's wedding cake, was known for his cotton candy windmills, fountains, temples and palaces. But even not-so-exquisite cooks could try their hand at the art of spinning sugar. In Elizabeth Raffald's "The Experienced English Housekeeper" from 1769 there are recipes for gold and silver nets to decorate confectionery. To do this, sugar syrup was drawn out with the tip of a knife and then beaten “back and forth as quickly as possible”.

Nevertheless, spinning sugar was difficult and time-consuming, so that it remained more of a dessert for wealthy people until the invention of the cotton candy machine.

Nowadays, cotton candy is not only extremely affordable, but also not that sinful compared to other carnival snacks. After all, there is less sugar in a normal serving than in a can of cola. The trend towards designer food has also not stopped at the popular sweet, so that cotton candy is now also available in flavors such as mango chilli, salted caramel, strawberry and lychee green tea.

The article was originally published in English on NationalGeographic.com.