noun NORTH AMERICAN
John C. Wharton
Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by a DENTIST named William Morrison along with the aid of his friend and candy confectioner named
John C. Wharton. Together they first introduced Cotton Candy to the 1904 World's Fair and called it"Fairy Floss".
Together, William and John sold a whopping 68,655 boxes at 25¢ each.
(that would equate to $6.97 in 2018) per box.
THAT IS IMPRESSIVE FOR IT'S TIME
In 1964, Coney Island's last remaining large amusement park, Steeplechase Park, was closed and subsequently demolished. The surrounding blocks were filled with amusement rides and concessions that were closed or about to close. ... That summer, developers tried to revitalize the Coney Island boardwalk as an amusement area.
For one family, it was time to close shop.
That's where our story begins
Dan's Cotton Candy© closed, and it's equipment was stored away in a friends barn. One of those grandchildren, also named Dan had a plan. The plan was to someday re-launch the family business, Dan's Cotton Candy.
Read more of our story to learn how Hui Hui Shave Ice acquired Dan's Cotton Candy, why Cotton Candy and Shave Ice?, and how Dan's legend was revived and relaunched in 2020 & Beyond.