It comes in various colors, flavors, and sizes that no kid can resist; sticky and sweet cotton candy! Everyone has enjoyed this fluffy treat at least once in their lifetime whether it be at a carnival, circus, or at a fundraiser, but did you know this sugary treat was co-invented by a dentist? Four men invented fairy floss, now it is called cotton candy, in 1899: Thomas Patton, Josef Delarose Lascaux, John C. Wharton, and William Morrison. They debuted their cotton candy at the St. Louis World’s Fair and sold 68,655 boxes of cotton candy for 25 cents a box! That totaled to $17,163.75, which comes out to $411, 243.45 in modern day payment, which is quite a bit of money for the 1900’s. Sugar used to cost about four cents a pound, so they were practically spinning gold!
About 50 years later in 1949, Gold Metal Products invented and launched a new type of cotton candy machine that was more dependable and easier to use. From that point on cotton candy became a staple at any fair, circus, fund raisers, etc.. -SugarPop’s 248 N. Main Street Mooresville, NC 28117 (704)799-0959