National Cotton Candy Day 2022: History, Significance and Celebrations

National Cotton Candy Day is annually celebrated on December 7th in the United States. This day celebrates and promotes the delicious sweet confection of cotton candy! 

There exists in the world small clouds of utter delight, floating multicolored strands of spun-sugar all wrapped around a stick or served in a bag. It is a treat for everyone, and the very flavor it leaves in your mouth is purely magical.

Cotton candy is special and it definitely deserves a day of appreciation as most of our childhood memories wouldn’t have been complete without the sugary cloud that is cotton candy. Hence there is nostalgic connection to it which brings all of the good memories of the past.  

Event National Cotton Candy Day
Date December 7, 2022
Day Wednesday
Significance The day celebrates and promotes the delicious sweet confection of cotton candy!
Observed by United States


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National Cotton Candy Day History: 

There are no official accounts and sources behind the origins of this delicacy but our delicious Cotton Candy is often suggested to have come into existence as a form of spun sugar in 19th century Europe, and back then it would have been as precious as gold. While today’s technology allows us to produce cotton candy with a simple machine and a little time, the process would have been incredibly labor-intensive and no doubt expensive, leaving Cotton Candy as the treat of the financial elite. Unsurprising considering that it was hand-spun at the time so it was mostly out of reach of the common folks. 

Cotton candy as we know it was first created in 1897 when a dentist named William Morrison joined forces with a confectioner by the name of John C. Wharton.  Together, the duo created a machine that spun heated sugar through a screen, creating the floss-like texture that we all know and love. Finally, in 1904, Morrison and Wharton became entrepreneurs when they debuted their new sugary treat at the St. Louis World Fair. Over 20 million people visited the fair during its run from April to December, and to Morrison and Wharton’s delight, many of the fair-goers were intrigued by the sugary treat known then as “fairy floss.” 

The decade of the 1920s was significant in the history of cotton candy since this was the time that everyone starting calling “fairy floss” by the name we know this treat today: “cotton candy.” Joseph Lascaux, a dentist from New Orleans, Louisiana, invented a similar cotton candy machine in 1921. His patent named the sweet confection “cotton candy”, eventually overtaking the name “fairy floss”, although it retains this name in Australia. In the 1970s, an automatic cotton candy machine was created which made the product and packaged it, making it easier to produce at carnivals, stalls and other events requiring more portable production. 

Changing preferences in taste has led to the adaptation of cotton candy flavoring over time. The first cotton candy sold at the St. Louis World Fair was not flavored at all and was plain white in color. For many decades since then, cotton candy was traditionally only pink and blue. However, cotton candy has since branched out. Today, cotton candy is made in flavors ranging from dill pickle that is green in color to a gingerbread flavor that is bright purple. Another way that cotton candy has evolved is its inclusion in so-called “mash-up desserts” which are becoming very popular right now. 


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National Cotton Day Significance: 

Over the past 120 years, cotton candy has grown from a small town treat into a global phenomenon. It has a special place in our hearts because eating it often brings us back to childhood memories of good times and nostalgia. Cotton candy is a beloved treat found all over America at most state and county fairs across the country. Cotton candy has been putting smiles on people’s faces since the late 1800s and has, over 100 years after its invention, become a staple in American culture. And it’s not over yet as cotton candy is still remains a very popular sweet confection in our world. 

Cotton candy is a light and fluffy sugar candy, which resembles cotton wool. It is made by heating sugar to a very high temperature and then spinning the melted sugar to produce fine sugar threads. Cotton candy has a fibrous texture that makes it unique from other sugar candies. The fibrous threads have many of the same characteristics as cotton fibers, which is how cotton candy got its name. Although it is also known by various other names which are very popular depending on the region. 

The source material for candy mesh is usually both colored and flavored. When spun, cotton candy is white because it is made from sugar, but adding dye or coloring transforms the color. Originally, cotton candy was just white. In the US, cotton candy is available in a wide variety of flavors, but two flavor-blend colors predominate—blue raspberry and pink vanilla, both originally formulated by the Gold Medal brand (which uses the names “Boo Blue” and “Silly Nilly”). Cotton candy may come out purple when mixed. 

Cotton candy is a popular food at amusement parks and carnivals and is typically sold individually as a large mass wrapped around a cardboard cone. When the threads are collected on a cone, they are packed loosely so that a certain amount of air gets trapped between the fibers. This increases the volume of the candy, giving it a light and fluffy texture. Even today, cotton candy remains a favorite among people of all ages. Today, it is also sold in malls, video shops, movie theaters, toy stores, grocery stores, and sports arenas.  


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National Cotton Candy Day Celebrations: 

There are so many ways to celebrate that you can try on National Cotton Candy Day. Of course, the goal is to always eat some cotton candy and having a nice treat for yourself.  But how about making your own? There are a lot of great recipes online that you can follow. Typically, you are going to need some food coloring, flavored extract such as raspberry extract, salt, water, corn syrup, and sugar. And you are ready to make some delicious cotton candy! 

When we think of cotton candy, we often feel nostalgic and remember those friends or lover ones with whom we had shared some delicious cotton candies. So if you enjoyed cotton candy with someone at a young age, it a time to celebrate with them by sharing cotton candies together and building some special and lovely moments that you will not forget for your life.  

You can also think about creating your own candy floss cocktail. There are lots of delicious options here too! This includes cotton candy champagne cocktails, prosecco and gin candy floss cocktails, and fairy floss martinis. There is something for everyone. Plus, if you are having friends around these sorts of drinks are certainly going to impress them so it will also help you as well. 

Most Searched FAQs on National Cotton Candy Day: 

1. When is National Cotton Candy Day celebrated? 

National Cotton Candy Day is annually celebrated on December 7th in US. 

2. What is the real flavor of cotton candy? 

Pink-vanilla was the original cotton candy flavor, but today, cotton candy runs the gamut of flavors (and colors). 

3. How healthy is cotton candy? 

According to the USDA Food Database, cotton candy is 100 percent sugar. A one-ounce serving averages 110 calories and 28 grams sugar. This melt-in-your-mouth treat may seem “light” but it isn’t, and the effect on your teeth isn’t pretty either. 

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