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Inventors Cotton Candy Machine
By Mary Bellis

The Dictionary of American Food and Drink states that cotton candy first appeared in 1900 at the Ringling Bros. Circus and that Thomas Patton received a patent for the cotton candy machine in 1900.

Cotton candy is made from 100% sugar. The sugar is first melted to a liquid. The cotton candy machine spins the liquid sugar and forces the liquid through tiny holes. When the sugar pass through the tiny holes it is shaped and cooled and becomes a solid again. The center of the cotton candy candy machine soon becomes filled with tasty sugar threads, which are collected and served on a stick or a cone.

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