CANDY FLOSS is well loved by both young and old.
The origin of it dates all the way back to the 1400s, when it was first called spun sugar.
Candy floss – also known as cotton candy in the United States and fairy floss in Australia – has its own day every year on 7 December, when it gets the spotlight.
It was during the 18th century that spun sugar was first recorded in Europe.
However, before the invention of the sugar spinning machine. candy floss was very expensive and labour-intensive to make, which meant it was generally not available to the average person to consume.
It was only after the invention of a sugar spinning machine that spun sugar was first introduced to the masses at the 1904 World’s Fair.
People loved the new novelty spun sugar treat so much, they bought over 68 000 boxes at US25c a box – about R85 in today’s money.
Candy floss is still popular to this day and it can be found at almost every carnival!