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Cotton candy , candy floss , or fairy floss is a form of spun sugar. It was introduced in 1904 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton, at the St. Louis World’s Fair as Fairy Floss with great success.
Cotton candy is made from sugar and food coloring. Modern cotton candy machines work in very much the same way as older ones. The center part of the machine consists of a small bowl into which sugar is poured and food coloring added. Heaters near the rim melt the sugar and it is spun out through tiny holes where it solidifies in the air and is caught in a large metal bowl. The operator of the machine twirls a stick, a cone, or their hands around the rim of the large catching bowl, gathering the candy into portions.

Because cotton candy consists of mostly air, servings are large. A typical cotton candy cone will be a bit bigger than an adult’s head. Many people consider eating cotton candy part of the quintessential experience of a visit to a fairground or circus. The most popular color of cotton candy is pink, though any color can be made. Sweet and sticky, it dissolves quickly in the mouth although it feels like wool to the touch. It does not have much of an aroma. Cotton candy is soft and fluffy when dry, but when it comes in contact with moisture, it becomes sticky and damp. (

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