According to the existing evidence, cotton candy first appeared in Europe in the 18th century. It was very expensive and only for a few, because it was made by hand. Cotton Candy became accessible to everyone when it crossed the other side of the Atlantic. In Nashville, Tennessee, dentist William Morrison and confectioner John Worthington, in 1897, built the first machine to make it.
They presented it with great success at the St. Louis International Exhibition (St. Louis) in 1904, but not with its current name. “Fairy Yarn” was called by businessmen Morrison and Wurtton, who saw huge demand in front of their gazebo in the show, both by young and old.
These giant white or colored balls consist mainly of air bubbles and sugar, one teaspoon of each ball.
The first automatic machine was built in 1972.
Although an American discovery, the cotton candy we know today, there are other versions that preceded time and are preserved to this day. For example, the Persian “pasmak” and the Turkish “pismanige”, which have more solid yarns because they also contain flour. These are served in bites and are forged with a fork. The noblest version, however, is the “foi tong”, which is flavored with jasmine flowers and is made up of very long golden-yellow textures. It is a symbol of longevity and consumed in the religious feasts of Thailand.