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Curiosities about cotton candy that you will love to know

23 mayo, 2021

Today, December 7, we celebrate the Cotton candy day, And we couldn’t let it go! This is the favorite treat for young and old, and very easy to find at fairs, parks and other public places where fun and joy reign.

For this reason, we want to share with you these curiosities of everyone’s favorite cotton. Keep reading!

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Curiosities about cotton candy

  • According to historical data, this treat was already popular since the 15th century in Italy. The cooks heated the sugar to make a liquid caramel to later form threads, which they used in baking to decorate.
  • However, we owe cotton candy as we know it to William Morrison and John C. Wharton, who presented the invention that allows it to be made.
  • This candy was presented for the first time at the World’s Fair in France in 1904, under the name of Fairy floss “Fairy silk”.
  • In other countries, it is known as “cotton candy”; the Anglo-Saxons like cotton candy, and in France it is barbe à papa; that is to say, “daddy’s beard.”
Pink cotton candy

Cotton candy is the favorite candy at fairs (Photo: Getty Images)

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  • To make cotton candy, two physical effects are essential: heat and centrifugal force: the machine has a circular container and has a small core in its center that rotates driven by a motor, this is where the sugar and the Colorant. The heat melts the sugar and the centrifugal force creates fine threads that are wound around a stick.
  • You realize already? Cotton melts when it comes in contact with the mouth, and it is scented!
  • This is one of the characteristic sweets of the fairs, along with the delicious caramelized apples.
  • Although its origin is European, it is very popular in various countries in America, including Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Uruguay and, of course, Mexico.
  • It is one of the favorite treats of millennials, as it has the pastel shades of unicorns: pink, blue, white, green and purple.
  • As you can imagine, cotton candy is high in calories, as each 100-gram serving has 643 kilocalories. It is delicious but be careful with the portions you consume!

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