04-15-2019 - Fun Fact: Did You Know Cotton Candy Was Invented by A Dentist?
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Fun Fact
Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton, and first introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World's Fair as "Fairy Floss" with great success, selling 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box (equivalent to $6 per box today).
Joseph Lascaux, a dentist from New Orleans, Louisiana, invented a similar cotton candy machine in 1921. In fact, the Lascaux patent named the sweet confection “Cotton Candy” and the "Fairy Floss" name faded away.
Cotton candy is made by heating and liquefying sugar and spinning it out through minute holes. It resolidifies in minutely thin strands of "sugar glass". The final cotton candy contains mostly air, with a typical serving weighing around 1 ounce or 28 grams.
Photo: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's trapeze stars Freddy Quadros and Shirley Wightman (1940s)