National Cotton Candy Day is celebrated on November 7th of each year. The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origins of National Cotton Candy Day, however that doesn’t stop us from celebrating.
Cotton candy was first recorded around Mid-18th Century. At that time, spun sugar was an expensive, labor-intensive endeavor and was not generally available to the average person. Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton and first introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as “Fairy Floss” with great success, selling 68,655 boxes at the then-high $0.25, half the cost of admission to the fair. Fairy floss was renamed to “cotton candy” in the 1920s.