The History of Cotton Candy
Most people think the origin of cotton candy (also known as spun sugar" "fairy floss" or "candy floss") is a simple documented fact. It's not. There are several stories recounting the invention of cotton candy. All are interesting. None are definitive. Most accounts credit the invention of cotton candy to enterprising American businessmen at the turn of the 20th century. The 1904 Louisiana Exposition in St. Louis is often cited as the place where cotton candy was introduction to the American people. The truth? Spun sugar was known long before this time. Mid-18th century master confectioners in Europe and America hand crafted spun sugar nests as Easter decorations and webs of silver and gold spun sugar for elaborate dessert presentations. At that time, spun sugar was an expensive, labor-intensive endeavor and was not generally available to the average person. How was spun sugar made before the invention of modern machines?
The History of Chocolate
Chocolate is a "New World" food. Food historians confirm ancient Aztec and Mayan peoples consumed chocolate in religious rituals. They did not each this precious substance or use it as an ingredient in recipes. European explorers introduced chocolate to their home countries. Early European uses mirrored those of New World Natives; sipped as special beverage. Except? Europeans tradition did not include the religious connection. Savvy entrepreneurs were quick to experiment on this new substance to expand market possibilities.
The History of French Fries
No one knows for certain. We do know, however, the practice of deep-frying foods dates to Medieval times. Fritter-type foods were quite popular in Northern Europe, especially as fast-food. Potatoes are a "New World" food, introduced to Europe during the Columbian Exchange. Recipes for frying sliced raw potatoes surface in the early 18th century.