Fall carnivals & festivals, local fairs & bazaars fill the atmosphere in the autumnal season of the year with sights and sounds that bring on the memories of childhood. Such events are, however, not limited to just the fall of the year. Winter carnivals all over the US and abroad toast the winter weather with what has become annual rites. In areas of ice and snow, beautiful life-size sculptures highlight the scenes. Spectacular fireworks illuminate the sky from dusk 'til well after midnight. At any carnival, any time of the year will be a wide variety of vendors. At the top of the list is a special fluffy cloud-like candy served on a cardboard stick—spun sugar and candy floss. Ready to be a kid again?
December 7 is...
National Cotton Candy Day
National Cotton Candy Day is an annual celebration that falls on two days during the year July 31st and December 7th. On July 31st, cotton candy is available to be enjoyed at a July 4th celebration, amusement park, or at boardwalk concessions. During the month of December, there aren't many fairs and carnivals within the United States since most winter carnivals occur in January or February during times when there is plenty of snow and ice. To enjoy this confection on its December day of celebration might require seeking out a special vendor at a mall, prepackaged cotton candy or trying your own hand using a cotton candy machine. Make this day a family affair and get the kids involved!
A Bit of Cotton Candy History...
Originally called “Fairy Floss”, the process of making Cotton Candy was invented by four men: Thomas Patton, Josef Delarose Lascaux, John C. Wharton, and William Morrison. In 1899, Morrison and Wharton were able to patent the first electric cotton candy machine, which used centrifugal force to spin and melt sugar through small holes. In 1904, these two Nashville candy makers introduced their invention of how to make cotton candy to the St. Louis World’s Fair. Due to fair goers’ curiosity, these inventors sold approximately 68,655 boxes of cotton candy for 25 cents a box for a total of $17,163.75. Back then and today this is a great deal of money, just think of the profit that you could make today selling such a low cost and enjoyable product! Read MORE...
This day is not limited to simply enjoying eating the candy fluff on the stick. Jazz up some of your favorite sweet treats. Click each image for its recipe.
Use your favorite cupcake batter recipe and favorite frosting. Final touch, jazz up the cupcakes with cotton candy pizazz.
Cotton candy can even be served in beverage form. Great cocktail idea for your holiday party.
Check out the cool Cotton Candy Stuff @ Pinterest...Cotton Candy Martinis aren't as sweet as you might think. If you're relying solely on the cotton candy as the sweetener, they can actually be quite strong. Cotton Candy is very sweet by itself because it's just sugar but because it's so fluffy it looks like there is a lot more of it than there actually is. As soon as it's reduced to a liquid state it's really not that much.
Is your mouth watering yet?
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