By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
A fan of Dylan's Candy Bar poses for a photo with Dylan Lauren and Chocolate the bunny.
On Easter mornings, while all the other kids were anxious to bite into their chocolate bunnies on Easter morning, Dylan Lauren resisted.
"I would only eat the chocolate eggs," the founder of Dylan's Candy Bar said. "I didn't want to eat the chocolate bunnies because I felt bad for them. I just liked to collect them and look at them."
To this day the grown-up Lauren refuses to bite into those vulnerable chocolate ears and legs. She was in town March 23, sharing her latest treats, with "Chocolate" the bunny at her side, handing out samples in Neiman Marcus' third-floor Epicure department, where Dylan's Candy Bar is a store within a store, full of colorful sweets bringing smiles to all who encounter it.
In a phone interview last week, she told me, "Easter has always my favorite holiday because I love rabbits and bright colors."
Her eye for candy as design elements led her to go beyond the kid craft of coloring Easter eggs to decorating the family table with candies, "creating place settings and centerpieces with candies that look like edible flowers."
The daughter of designer Ralph Lauren said her father indulged her quirks and encouraged her passion. "He saw it was very unique and saw fashion in the candy colors; he understood it," she said.
Despite the obvious color and gustatory benefits, candy might not be top of mind for many people as a decorative element. But Lauren said it can be a fast and enchanting addition to floral and table settings, first working its magic as an icebreaker. The sight of brightly colored sweets tends to lighten spirits and put people at ease.
"With candy there's no wrong way to do things. It always looks pretty and tastes good," Lauren said. "When people do see candy arrangements, it always seems fresh and different."
Think about that for your next holiday table.
Dylan's Candy Bar's giant lollipops.
Dylan Lauren was signing copies of her book, "Dylan's Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life.," which is her guide to entertaining with candy.
One of the new items available, rubbah slippah tins full of candy, $18 in Neiman Marcus Epicure.
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