Haute Sweet Tooth: Retro Cotton Candy Makes a Comeback

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Once referred to as the perfect carnival or baseball game delight, cotton candy is making a splash in the culinary world, from appearing on the dessert menu to accompanying a cocktail. Thanks to chefs looking to update the candy classic, cotton candy is the new must-have item in many fine dining restaurants in Los Angeles.

The Magic Mojito at Bar Centro

Located at the SLS Hotel, Bar Centro is taking cotton candy to a whole other level by using it to make one of their signature cocktails. Known as the Magic Mojito, Bar Centro uses Flor De Caña rum to pour over the candy fluff to create the perfect sweet and delectable drink. Out of all the other cocktails constantly being poured, there is nothing comparable to the magic of this mojito.

Bar Centro is located at 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles

The Whimsical Martini at BOA Steakhouse

Though BOA is known for perfectly cooked cuts of meat as well as other delectable dishes, those responsible for the mixing and pouring of cocktails seem to be adding playful and imaginative drinks to their already great menu. The Whimsical Martini, already a staple at the Santa Monica location, is topped with a dollop of cherry-flavored cotton candy that disintegrates into sugary heaven the second it hits the liquid. While other martinis are good, nothing quite beats the taste and show of the Whimsical wonder.

BOA Steakhouse is located at 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, Calif.

Foie Gras Cotton Candy at The Bazaar

Coined as a “modern tapa,” The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel is serving one of the most unique tapas Los Angeles has yet to see. Cotton Candy Foie Gras, served individually, takes vanilla flavored cotton candy and surrounds a perfectly cubed piece of foie gras. While reading the description some might decide to pass, the tapa is surprisingly lively and innovative, and the perfect may to kill a sweet tooth.

The Bazaar is located at 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles

Cotton Candy Cleanser at Porterhouse Bistro

At Porterhouse Bistro in Beverly Hills, the candy classic is used to cleanse the palate after a multiple-course meal. Arriving in different flavors such as spearmint and green apple, Porterhouse Bistro plops a mound of cotton candy for diners to enjoy as a light alternative to a relatively heavy meal. Though Porterhouse Bistro is famous for traditional cuisine, the chefs decided that restaurant goers really should be allowed to play with their food.

Porterhouse Bistro is located at 8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif.

Junk Food Platter at Simon LA

Just like other restaurants have decided to add a child-like element to their menus, Simon LA took that idea and ran with it while inventing the Junk Food Platter, a dessert concocted of milkshakes, cookies, snowballs and of course, cotton candy. The perfectly spun cotton candy is light and airy and a perfect way to end a meal. If a whole platter of junk food isn’t something you want to sign up for, the chefs at Simon are always happy to bring a solo mound of cotton candy to your table.

Simon LA is located at 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles

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