In a rainbow of colors, cotton candy delights. It spins from wisps of sugar and certainly ignites a fire of sweet satisfaction, none but the connoisseurs and mere amateurs both can cite.
Pink cotton candy—as this color is the most widely familiar—was given its grand entrance to the public at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. Back then, these sweet threads were nicknamed “fairy floss,” (as it was made from Flossine sugar). But you may wonder from whence this treat originated. The Cotton Candy machine received a formal patent in 1897. The inventors? Dentist William Morris and confectioner John C. Wharton. This clever duo created one of entertainment’s most popular confections out of … mostly … air! In 1920, “fairy floss” was renamed cotton candy.
Similar treats to cotton candy
Sugar: the only ingredient in cotton candy
Circuses, carnivals, fairs, cruise ships, bars, movie theaters, and other highly-entertaining venues offer cotton candy, often displaying cotton candy machines spinning cotton candy effortlessly into a huge Marge Simpson-like wigs—cotton candy does come in blue!
Here in Chicago, you can find cotton candy at retailers, like Walgreens or Wal-Mart. Also, below are places in Chicagoland that offer unbeatably fresh cotton candy!
Old Fashion Candies
6210 Cermak Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402
440 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60606
1570 N Damen Ave