The Dentist Who Created Cotton Candy

The Dentist Who Created Cotton Candy


– [Voiceover] Cotton candy. Who knew sugar and air
could taste so sweet? Well, a guy named James
Morrison, an amateur inventor who’s occupation and taste
buds didn’t exactly align. He was a dentist and during his lifetime, James even became the President of the Tennessee Dental Association. – [Voiceover] Don’t forget to floss. – [Voiceover] But he was also
a confectionary enthusiast with a passion for culinary advancement. He paired with John C. Wharton, an old friend and fellow confectioner. Together the two designed and co-patented what they called the
electronic candy machine. The device rapidly spun and melted sugar through small holes until it was fluffy and nearly 70 percent air. They called the new treat fairy floss. They introduced their product
at the 1904 World’s Fair, selling it in small wooden
boxes for 25 cents each. – [Voiceover] Thank you. – [Voiceover] That’s
about six dollars today. Fairy floss was a huge success. In six months, they
sold over 68,000 boxes, grossing in today’s money
around 440,000 dollars. grossing in today’s money
around 440,000 dollars. But despite the success of
the sugar spun business, Morrison returned to his
day job as a dentist. So next time the dentist tells you you’re eating too many sugary treats, well blame him. well blame him. Awkward.


100 thoughts on “The Dentist Who Created Cotton Candy

  1. When I first heard "Candy Floss" and thought it was in the shape of floss and looked like small strands.. would have been a lot better just saying lol

  2. The Woman: “The President”
    Me: He wasn’t in APUSH, who the f••• is he.
    The Woman: “Of The Tennessee Dental Association”

    Me:Oh that’s why I don’t know him, nobody does.
    (Before you say anything regarding knowing him, do you actually remember his name, ( when you are asked at a random time)).

  3. At a fun fair at my school they made school made cotton candy and it went over my whole face that I needed to go wash my face😂

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