Algodones are another very popular Christmas comfort candy found in town fair, church atriums and around plazas and parks. Algodón is the word we use in Guatemala for cotton candy or candyfloss; algodones in plural.
Since I was wondering for how long cotton candy has been a tradition in the Guatemalan fairgrounds I did a little search and this is what Wikipedia has:
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.
Tootsie Roll of Canada Ltd. has a bagged product called Fluffy Stuff that it claims was introduced at the 1893 World’s Fair.
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When was the last time you had cotton candy?
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