Which of the following statements about INVENTIONS is the one true WOW?
A) Scientists have invented a clock that is powered entirely by grasshoppers.
B) Cotton candy was invented by a dentist.
C) The invention of the inside-out sandwich went down in history as the biggest food flop of the 1950s.
If you guessed B) Cotton candy was invented by a dentist, then CONGRATURITOS! You found the WOW!
Cotton candy was invented in 1897, when a dentist named William Morrison teamed up with a candy maker named John C. Wharton. Together, they created an electric machine that spun heated sugar through a screen, whipping it up into piles of thin, floss-like strands of sugar. At the time, they called their sweet invention “Fairy Floss,” and in 1904, they introduced it at the St. Louis World’s Fair for 25 cents a box ($7.00 in today’s money). People went BONKERBALLS for it! In 1921, another dentist, Dr. Josef Lascaux from New Orleans, improved the design of the original machine and presented the sweet treat as “Cotton Candy.” The rest is dental history.
Cotton Candy Around the World
England: “Candy Floss”
Netherlands: “Sugar Spider”
France: “Papa’s Beard”
Greece: “Old Ladies’ Hair”
Imagine if you were the one to invent cotton candy for the very first time. What would YOU call it?
Operation: Candy Creation
Calling all inventoritos! We challenge you to invent an entirely new, one-of-a kind candy! To do this, you may want to experiment with melting, freezing, smashing, or mixing two or more existing candies. Does your candy have a savory side? Is it gummy, crumbly, or not-so-yummy? What’s the size? What’s the shape? What would it look like on a cake? Once you’ve completed your candy, give it a name! Give it a wrapper! And treat yourself to this sweet lil snacker!