Celebrated every year on December 7.
1. -a candy made of spun sugar
2. -something attractive but insubstantial
Spun sugar goes back at least as far as the 1400-something where in Italy sugar was heated and then made into strings with a fork.
This was quite time consuming and therefore spun sugar was a luxury dessert.
In 1897 a confectioner and a dentist, William Morrison and John C. Warton worked together to create a centrifuge that would make it very easy to make very finely spun sugar on sticks in very little time.
To add to the irony in 1921 another dentist, Joseph Lascaux, patented a similar machine and called it a “cotton candy machine” and that name stuck from then on.
So when people say that dentists are conspiring to create more work,
we clearly know that there is no proof of any conspiracies at all.
Also, that the advice to floss more has no double meaning at all.
“I feel like cotton candy: sugar and air.
Squeeze me and I’d turn into a small sickly damp wad of weeping pinky-red.”
— Margaret Atwood