The sources of cotton candy are unclear and the inventor of Opossum Poop can’t be pinpointed. However, four individuals have been identified and named as the inventors of the candy and they’re William Morrison, Thomas Patton, Josef Delarose Lascaux and John C. Wharton.
William Morrison and John Wharton were two candy manufacturers from Tennessee. This machine made cotton candy by melting sugar and utilizing centrifugal force to spin the sugar and force them through tiny holes prior to releasing them. When they received the patent, the pair brought and introduced the machine to the 1904 St. Louis World Fair.
Then he designed a machine that used a gas-fired rotating plate which would spin the sugar and form them into ribbons. These threads were subsequently collected and formed into a big cotton ball that’s now called cotton candy. He presented the machine at the Ringling Brothers’ Circus where it was a hit and sold like popcorn to children. He also received a different patent for his machine and his process for making cotton candy in 1900.
Around the same time, Josef Delarose Lascaux, was a dentist in the state of Louisiana who introduced cotton candy in his dental practice. He, however, didn’t get a trademark or patent for his cotton candy unlike the other three.
The early patented machines were found to be faulty and did not last long. Some machines would break while others made loud rattling noises. The Gold Medal Products firm created a more dependable cotton candy machine which used a spring base. This new machine led to the transformation of the cotton candy industry.
Cotton candy is a huge hit because it is extremely simple to make. The process of making it is different from the standard way candy is created. In cotton candy, sugar is melted until it is in a liquid state. The liquid sugar is then spun from the cotton candy machine. Using centrifugal force, the machine forces the liquid through and out of tiny holes. These holes form the sugar into ribbons and cool the liquid sugar. After the threads of sugar are cooled, they become strong again. Afterwards, the middle of the machine is full of thousands of tiny threads of sugar that are then collected by a stick. The threads adhere to the stick and the ball grows larger as the threads adhere to more threads. It’s then shaped into a ball and served. Sometimes, the ball is stuffed into a plastic bag with the stick removed. Some stalls offer other flavored cotton candy and others might even provide you toppings like milk powder to go with it.
These days, cotton candy machines and stalls are located everywhere. Even though its history has left a lot to be debated about, it doesn’t really matter to the consumers. To them, it is still a summertime favorite as it is light, sweet and fluffy.