The Truffle Hunter served at The Nines Hotel in Portland Ore

The Truffle Hunter, served at The Nines Hotel in Portland, Ore.

Chefs elevate childhood favorites with grown-up candy

Handcrafted candies evoke familiarity, whimsy

Candy — it’s not just for kids anymore.

In the past year, fine-dining chefs have been giving the classic American treats makeovers, handcrafting candy desserts that are at once familiar and craveable, but decidedly grown up.

“Candy is still a very familiar product to most Americans, not just kids,” said Darren Tristano, executive vice president of Technomic, Inc. “It’s another way for more upscale restaurants to showcase what they ca

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