The origins of cotton candy are uncertain and the inventor of this confection can’t be pinpointed. However, four individuals have been identified and named as the inventors of the candy and they’re William Morrison, Thomas Patton, Josef Delarose Lascaux and John C. Wharton.
William Morrison and John Wharton were two candy manufacturers from Tennessee. This machine made cotton candy by melting sugar and using centrifugal force to spin the sugar and force them through tiny holes before releasing them. When they obtained the patent, the group brought and introduced the machine into the 1904 St. Louis World Fair.
He then designed a machine that used a gas-fired rotating plate that would spin the sugar and form them into threads. These threads were subsequently collected and formed into a major cotton ball which is now referred to as cotton candy. He also received a separate patent for his machine and his process for making cotton candy in 1900.
He, however, didn’t receive a trademark or patent for his cotton candy unlike the other three.
The early patented machines were found to be faulty and did not last long. The Gold Medal Products company came up with a more reliable cotton candy machine which used a spring foundation. This new machine led to the transformation of the cotton candy industry.
Cotton candy is a huge hit because it is very simple to make. The process of making it’s different from the standard way candy is made. The liquid sugar is then spun in the cotton candy machine. These holes form the sugar into threads and cool the liquid sugar. Once the threads of sugar are cooled, they become strong again. Afterwards, the center of the machine is full of thousands of tiny threads of sugar which are subsequently collected by a stick. The threads stick to the rod and the ball grows larger as the threads stick to more threads. It’s then shaped into a ball and served. Sometimes, the ball is stuffed into a plastic bag with the rod removed. Some stalls provide other flavored cotton candy and others may even give you toppings like milk powder to go with this.
These days, cotton candy machines and stalls are found everywhere. You may view them in amusement parks, fairs, playgrounds and circuses. Even though its history has left a lot to be debated about, it does not really matter to the customers. To them, it is still a summertime favorite because it’s light, fluffy and sweet.