How Modern Cotton Candy            Came To Be...
 
 
Cotton candy made one of its first world debuts in 1900 at the Paris Exposition and then again in 1904 at the St. Louis World Fair. (The Ferris wheel also was one of the highlights of this particular fair, but that's another story!) At the St. Louis World Fair, Morrison and Wharton sold boxes of "Fairy Floss" for a whopping 25 cents a box (half the price of admission at the time). Despite such high prices, the two of them sold 68,655 boxes ( which is a total of $17,163.75). About a year later, one candy store had already purchased a machine and was selling cotton candy for 5-10 cents.
 
Though it was at the time called “spun sugar” and “Fairy Floss,” a new name for it emerged around 1920 in America. The name was none other than Cotton Candy.

By the late 1940's, one company had created a machine that would revolutionize the cotton candy industry. Then, in the 1970's, another company changed it forever by creating an automatic cotton candy machine. Not only did it make cotton candy on a mass scale, but it also packaged it automatically. Thanks to these two major changes, cotton candy can be bought in numerous stores as well as at traditional places such as carnivals and circuses
Though Morrison and Wharton are generally credited for the cotton candy invention, some sources say that another vendor by the name of Thomas Patton also had a cotton candy invention patented. Patton had been playing with the process of caramelization. His machine differed from the cotton candy machine of Morrison and Wharton - his was gas-fired. The machine rotated a plate around to create the strands which were collected and served on a cone -- much like Morrison and Wharton

Around this same time frame, a Louisiana dentist by the name of Josef Delarose Lascoux also introduced it at his dental office. Lascoux never received a patent on his invention however.

Over the years, very little has changed in the way of inventions. The only changes that have occurred are in the way of machines. A few changes have come about that involve the flavors, and even a few different colors. People have invented new flavors such as bubble gum, grape, strawberry, banana and blue raspberry.
From the 1400s up until the eighteenth century, the process of making “spun sugar” had been a typically tedious and expensive process that allowed primarily the wealthy access to this sugary concoction.
 
In 1897, two candy makers from Nashville, Tennessee, William Morrison and John C. Wharton ,corrected these flaws. In 1897 they created an electric machine that would melt the sugar and any flavoring and/or coloring and then use centrifugal force to push the melted mixture through a screen to create the strands of sugar. After the strands collect in a pan or bowl, they were twirled onto a paper or cardboard cone and served. Their machine would change the way cotton candy was made from them on.