National Cotton Candy Day
Foods & Beverages
Oh's time for a sugar high!

When: December 7th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Plan a trip to the next carnival, or state fair and get ready to indulge in some sweet cotton candy delight. Try making some at home, it might not be the same as you get at the local amusement park but bad cotton candy is better than good broccoli am I right?


Cotton Candy used sell for 25 cents which was a pretty penny in the 1900's.


There might be other sweet tasting foods out there but none as fun as eating cotton candy.  The delicious treat was created at the St. Louis World Fair in 1904.  With two very simple ingredients 1. sugar and 2. food coloring it's doesn't take much time these days to whip up the fantastic creating.  This wasn't always the case however, and in the early 1900's it was actually a labor intensive endeavor to create and spin up the cotton candy for consumers, which might help explain the high for the time asking prices.  You might not think such a sugary creation came from a dentist, but in fact it did!   Dentist William Morrison with the help of confectioner John C. Wharton are credited with the first batch of cotton candy sold.  Popular colors include blue and pink and in todays modern world, automated machines  can hold up to 3 pounds of sugar and can make cotton candy in a manner of minutes with super quick rotating bowls spinning at 3,450 revolutions per minute.

Interesting Facts

  1. A thread of cotton candy is thinner than a human hair.
  2. In England, they call cotton candy by another name: candy floss.
  3. One cool inventor created a vending machine that lets you buy cotton candy all the time.
  4. The longest cotton candy ever made was 1,400 meters long!
  5. Beauty is in the eye of the stomach...In China people sell cotton candy as artwork. 


  • December 7th
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