Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Cotton Candy

July 2, 2015

You might marvel at the modern machinery that spins cotton candy into the fluffy treat that we all know and love, but it was not always made in this way. Cotton candy originated in Europe, and was a confection that was initially made by hand. But this original production method was both costly in money, time and labour due to the amount of effort that was needed to spin the sugar to achieve the right consistency.

In 1897, William Morrison and John C. Wharton invented machine-spun cotton candy, which made the process much quicker and simpler. From this point, they were able to easily sell the candy at about 25 cents per box. This is when the treat really took off.

The candy was originally named ‘fairy floss’, but the name ‘cotton candy’ was patented in 1921 by Joseph Lascaux when he invented a machine that was very similar. Worldwide, the name of the candy has several variations, such as ‘candy floss’ in the UK.

How is Cotton Candy Made?

The modern process of making cotton candy needs begins with the caramelization of sugar, so that it can be properly spun. This requires the sugar granules to be melted so that they form syrup that’s pliable enough to spin. This initial process is also used in other recipes due to the fact that this flexible consistency allows it to be pulled into various shapes.

The cotton candy machine is heated at its base which helps keep the sugar caramelized. The main function of the machine, though, is to spin the syrup around rapidly, flinging the syrup through small holes in the sides. The result is soft, fine threads caught in a bowl outside the machine.

With today’s technology, the cotton candy can be served in lots of different ways. Most commonly, you will find it sold in bags or on sticks. The former is more common for premade cotton candy, while the latter is a typical serving method for freshly made cotton candy that so delights children and adults alike.

When cotton candy is served fresh from a mobile stand, it is sure to draw a crowd. At Pop! Events, we offer both classic cotton candy services and modern twists on the standard serving cone, such as the amazing LED glow cone. This innovation makes the entire fluffy cotton candy cone glow, and is sure to be a hit at any event! Learn more about our Cotton Candy Laboratory complete with lab coats, goggles and Einstein wigs, the Mad Scientists pour sugar crystals into Cotton Candy Machines to create gobs of Glowing Cotton Candy. Fun Fact signage and a custom molecule backdrop complete the Lab. Learning has never been so delicious!

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