Who: Hanson Watkins
What: Indie Candy, allergen-free confectioner
Where: Birmingham, Alabama
At Indie Candy, the brainchild of Birmingham’s Hanson Watkins, "nothing is simple," due to the many restrictions placed on her Big Eight allergen-free candy line. These allergens include milk, eggs, fish, crustaceans and shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy — with sesame thrown in for good measure.
Everything that comes into the facility – whether chocolate that will be enrobed over handmade marshmallows or sugar for gummy candies or flavors for truffles – is obsessively sourced to ensure that it is allergen-free.