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Dylan's Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life

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With a lifelong passion for candy and an artist’s eye, Dylan Lauren shows you how to live la dolce vita. Just like stepping into Dylan’s Candy Bar stores—a modern-day Willy Wonka–like escape—opening this book reveals a surprise on every page. Whether you’re a candy fanatic or you just want to relive your childhood memories, the Candy Queen has gobs of creative ideas for celebrating, cooking, and decorating with candy on holidays—and every day.

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Overview

With a lifelong passion for candy and an artist’s eye, Dylan Lauren shows you how to live la dolce vita. Just like stepping into Dylan’s Candy Bar stores—a modern-day Willy Wonka–like escape—opening this book reveals a surprise on every page. Whether you’re a candy fanatic or you just want to relive your childhood memories, the Candy Queen has gobs of creative ideas for celebrating, cooking, and decorating with candy on holidays—and every day.

In this inspirational celebration of sweets, Dylan Lauren—keeper of the world’s largest candy collection—shares her candy memories and much more. “Unwrap” gorgeous photographs and savor innovative ideas for transforming candy into memorable and stylish tabletops, decorations, and gifts. Gobble up one of Dylan’s fifteen dishes for delicious candy treats and cocktails, such as peanut butter hot chocolate and fondue. Devour candy fun facts and quizzes, such as the color psychology behind candies; read up on the history of iconic holiday candy and classics like jelly beans and candy corn; enjoy lists of celebrities’ favorite candies; and take quizzes that reveal if two people are candy compatible. For your sweet pleasure, whip up one of fifteen inventive, easy-to-follow candy craft ideas for chic, thematic, and delectable party favors, including Christmas gift baskets, birthday centerpieces, and wedding topiaries. But, also, look a little deeper: Find all the ways that sweets can inspire you, uplift you, and make you feel like a kid in a candy store.
 
From candy craft ideas and recipes to trivia and history, Dylan’s Candy Bar gives you the inspiration for living the sweet life every day.

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Editorial Reviews

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Sweet-tooth mogul Dylan Lauren credits the movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate and the game Candy Land as the inspirations for her Dylan's Candy Bar. Whatever sparked her sugary passion, Lauren persisted in her dream. Today, one of her three New York locations is the largest candy store on earth and new branches are springing up faster than any fairy can shake her wand. Dylan's Candy Bar the book enables you to indulge your candy addiction in a calorie-free way, at least in the short term. (The book does include delicious recipes and decorating ideas.) This colorful, abundantly illustrated book brims with candy trivia, history, fun confection facts, and memories that could overflow any gingerbread house.) One sweet package.

Library Journal
For Lauren, daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren and CEO of Dylan's Candy Bar in New York City, candy is the solution to all of life's woes. While the overall production quality of the book is excellent, the content fails to measure up. Among her recipes for candy treats, sugary interior design tips, ideas for candy-related crafts, and a smattering of historical tidbits about candy, Lauren provides a few personal anecdotes about her own strong connection to the sweet stuff, but the overall effect is disappointing. VERDICT If relentless enthusiasm for a subject (not to mention a famous last name) is enough, this might hit the sweet spot for readers; however, many will find that after the sugar rush is over, the book has all the lasting literary nutrition of a candy bar. Those who want a thoughtful history of candy would be better off with Tim Richardson's Sweets, while Steve Almond's Candyfreak is a more entertaining look at the power of candy.—John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307451828
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 792,909
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

DYLAN LAUREN is the founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar and a graduate of Duke University. She is the daughter of Ralph and Ricky Lauren. 
 
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Dylan’s Candy Bar Vampire Cosmo

1 serving

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
Red sugar (“Pucker Powder”) or a cherry Pixy Stix
1½ ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka
¾ ounce (1½ tablespoons) triple sec
¾ ounce (1½ tablespoons) cranberry juice
Ice cubes
Glassware: cosmopolitan glass
Garnish: wax fangs

Dip the rim of a cosmo glass into the lime juice and then dip again into the cherry-flavored colored sugar.

Pour the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into the glass and attach the wax fang to the rim.

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First Chapter

Dylan's Candy Bar

Unwrap Your Sweet Life
By Dylan Lauren

Clarkson Potter

Copyright © 2010 Dylan Lauren
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780307451828

Dylan ’s Candy Bar Vampire Cosmo

1 serving

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
Red sugar (“Pucker Powder”) or a cherry Pixy Stix
1½ ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka
¾ ounce (1½ tablespoons) triple sec
¾ ounce (1½ tablespoons) cranberry juice
Ice cubes
Glassware: cosmopolitan glass
Garnish: wax fangs

Dip the rim of a cosmo glass into the lime juice and then dip again into the cherry-flavored colored sugar.
Pour the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into the glass and attach the wax fang to the rim.

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Excerpted from Dylan's Candy Bar by Dylan Lauren Copyright © 2010 by Dylan Lauren. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Recipe

Dylan’s Candy Bar
Vampire Cosmo
1 serving
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
Red sugar (“Pucker Powder”) or a cherry Pixy Stix
1½ ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka
¾ ounce (1½ tablespoons) triple sec
¾ ounce (1½ tablespoons) cranberry juice
Ice cubes
Glassware: cosmopolitan glass
Garnish: wax fangs

Dip the rim of a cosmo glass into the lime juice and then dip again into the cherry-flavored colored sugar. Pour the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into the glass and attach the wax fang to the rim.
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