Oct. 28, 2012
Dentists usually discourage kids from eating candy and sweets. After all, too much sugar can cause tooth decay. So it may seem strange that a dentist created cotton candy.
Four different people actually share the credit for inventing this tasty treat. Around 1900, a dentist named Josef Lascaux introduced cotton candy to patients at his Louisiana office. The sticky stuff was a hit, but it seems the dentist never tried to market his invention. He must have been too busy fixing teeth.
Around the same time, a man named Thomas Patton created cotton candy by spinning melting sugar on a gas-powered plate. He sold it at the Ringling Brothers Circus. Kids loved it. They bought it by the handful.
Cotton candy grew in popularity when two inventors brought it to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. John Wharton and William Morrison made a machine that could produce a lot of cotton candy quickly. It spun sugar through tiny holes to make the long, fine strands people eat today.
Fairgoers enjoyed the cotton candy. It was perfect for munching between the Ferris wheel and rides like the Magic Whirlpool boat trip and the Scenic Railway roller coaster. Of course, cotton candy had to compete with some other popular treats. Dr Pepper and ice cream cones were also introduced at the 1904 fair. And a novelty food called hot dogs gained some new attention.
Today, all of these foods are commonly sold at amusement parks, fairs and carnivals. A day of amusement park fun hardly seems complete without some favorite concession snacks.
Cotton candy is nice, but it wouldn’t be healthy to eat it all the time. The Bible, on the other hand, is always good for us. We need to read it every day. The author of Psalm 119 enjoyed reading God’s Word so much he said it was better than sweets. Ask God to fill your heart with that kind of love for His Word.
“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103, NIV).
— By Christina Quick
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