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Veronica Hughes Leeds Golden Collection
1s+3s set & ¾ turn RH to form line up/down centre
1s+3s dance ½ reel of 4, 1M+3L turn ¼ LH to end between 2s across
2L+1M+3L+2M dance ½ reel of 4
2L+1M also 3L+2M set, change places LH, 2s pass LSh
2M dances RH across with 1s as 2L dances RH across with 3s
(“2nd corner positions”)
1s turn 2H ending in 3rd place as 3s turn 2H in 1st place while 2s pass
LSh & dance out opposite sides, 2s dance clockwise ½ way round to
2nd place own side, all take promenade hold & face up
3s+2s+1s Promenade ending with 3s casting off to 2nd place as 2s
dance up to 1st place 2 3 1
Candy floss, or cotton candy in the US, is spun sugar. The sugar is heated to a liquid which is then spun out
through tiny holes to make very thin strands. The final candy floss contains mostly air with an average serving
weighing about 30 grams, and is often coloured and/or flavoured.
Before mechanisation, spinning sugar was an expensive, labour-intensive task and so was not generally available.
There are claims that the Italians spun sugar as early as the 15thC and it certainly existed in Europe in the 19thC.
Interestingly it was dentists in America who invented machines
for spinning sugar. In 1897 William Morris (a dentist), with a
confectioner called John C. Wharton, invented the first machine
and introduced the product to a wide audience at the 1904 World
Fair as “Fairy Floss”, and extremely successfully sold 68,655
boxes at 25¢ per box (equivalent to approx. $6 per box today).
In 1921 Joseph Lascaux, a dentist from New Orleans, Louisiana,
patented a similar machine, calling the product “Cotton Candy”.
The US celebrates National Cotton Candy Day on December 7th.