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Morning Start: Cotton candy was invented by a dentist

Your morning start for Thursday, July 15, 2021

Good morning and happy Thursday! It’s still pretty hot out there, but at least it’s not plus 40 C anymore, amirite?

Fun fact: Cotton candy was invented by a dentist

In 1897, American dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton created the first electric candy machine, according to National Geographic.

Their invention, which worked like modern-day cotton candy machines, made its public appearance at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, where they sold 68,655 helpings of cotton candy. The two packaged the goods in wooden boxes and marketed it as “fairy floss.”

It wasn’t until the 1920s when the term “cotton candy” came into use, coined by another American dentist by the name of Josef Lascaux. Lascaux sold cotton candy to his patients using a candy machine that was similar to Morrison and Wharton’s, which had a tendency to rattle, shake and fall apart.

In 1949, Gold Medal Products of Cincinnati added a spring-loaded base to the machine, paving the way for the modern-day cotton candy machine.

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