The cotton candy machine was invented by a dentist! A popular treat at fairs, carnivals, and baseball games, cotton candy is made by spinning strands of sugar together. The treat is wrapped around a small piece of paper or cardboard and can be held in hand for people to eat and enjoy.
William James Morrison, a dentist from Nashville, Tennessee, was an avid inventor, and has a number of inventions to his credit. One of them is the first cotton candy machine which he invented in 1897 in cooperation with confectioner John C. Wharton. The device was originally called the “Fairy Floss” machine.
This electric machine melted sugar and then used forced-air to push it through a wire screen. It was introduced at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and was a big success. While improvements have been made to the machine to improve production, the basis for the idea is still used today in order for people to enjoy cotton candy in numerous locations.