Breakfast buffet: National cotton candy day
December 7th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Today's food holiday will leave you spinning - December 7 is National Cotton Candy Day.

It's amazing what air can do! Use a small amount of sugar, pump up the volume and stick your face in a giant cloud of delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cotton candy.

Cotton candy first made its appearance in the early 1900s, and oddly enough, the spun sugar treat was invented by a dentist, William Morrison, and a confectioner, John C. Wharton. The two marketed their creation as "fairy floss" at the 1904 World's Fair. It was later renamed cotton candy in the 1920s.

It's easy enough to make cotton candy if you've got the right machine. Granulated sugar is poured into a small bowl where heaters melt it and squeeze it through tiny holes. As the melted sugar solidifies again in mid-air, it gets caught around the spinning head in the bowl. Then, the "cotton" begins to build up around the rim.

If you're not afraid of getting into a sticky kitchen situation, try making your own cotton candy the old-fashioned way. Or you can track down a cotton candy maker at your local home goods store for a fun treat.

Of course, if the circus is in town and your holiday company is driving you crazy, it might be a good idea to take everyone out for some cotton candy too.

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  1. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    I just avoid all the hassle and spoon the sugar right from the jar and toss a little Frank's on it.

    December 7, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  2. Reasonably Picky

    Again, though – cotton candy IN DECEMBER? I'm going to keep asking who assigns the days to the various foods until I get an answer!

    December 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • HarleyGirl

      That's exactly what I thought, December? Seems like it would be more appropriate for a summer month.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:12 am |
      • M T Nest

        I just bought cotton candy for "my boys" yesterday & I got them a cc machine for Xmas. Oh yeah, cc is good all yr long! Lol, kinda like grilling in the winter! ;)

        December 7, 2012 at 9:24 am |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

          Nekkid Grillin'!

          December 7, 2012 at 10:08 am |
        • HarleyGirl

          @Jdizzle- only in the summer months for that here! You'd freeze your "bits & pieces" off in the winter months. lol

          December 7, 2012 at 10:16 am |
        • M T Nest

          It is possible,IF you have a hot tub next to grill. :0

          December 7, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  3. The Coffee Woman

    ADORABLE PICTURE!!!!I THINK I'm GONNA CRY!! The cuteness is just too much for my cute radar to handle.

    December 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
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