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Dylan's Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life Hardcover – October 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1St Edition edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307451828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307451828
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sample Recipe from Dylan ’s Candy Bar: Vampire Cosmo

Makes 1 serving

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
Red sugar (“Pucker Powder”) or a cherry Pixy Stix
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka
3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) triple sec
3/4 ounce (1 1/2 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.


About 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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Customer Reviews

Her story is amazing and the photos are breathtaking.
Kathryn Belknap
It is the worst book I have ever purchased and if I can find my receipt it will be returned.
rpillinois
A very randomly put together book with no purpose, it was a waste of time and money!
Riro270

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By arlene on March 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What is this and why? I really want to ask Miss Lauren why she wrote this book... well actually she didnt write this book at all. It is a picture book with some decent pictures and some horrible pictures. I was in the store with my children and when I saw the book I thought how great. I bought the book and we went up the Cafe in the store and while my children munched on some desserts I began to read the book. I have to say that just reading this book will make you stupid. It is the worst written book ever. The entire book is about Dylan Lauren having lots of money and her liking candy. She keeps repeating the same thing over and over and over in a slightly different way. I read two pages and honest to god the entire two pages were filled with the same two lines repeated over and over. Once you actually get to some ideas for parties and party favors they are nothing extraordinary that you couldn't google online. Also, the description on how to actually create these party favors or center pieces has been detailed in such a childish manner its really absurd. I think I laughed at it more than I was inspired by it. Luckily I had just purchased it and was still in the store. I went right back down and returned it right away. Worst book of the year.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By rpillinois on November 14, 2010
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This is the absolute biggest waste of money ever. I saw her on a Martha Stewart show and I thought this book was going to be a guide to different types of party favors made with candy. It is just photos with a few shorts about different types of candy. It is the worst book I have ever purchased and if I can find my receipt it will be returned. DO NOT BUY this book it offers nothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A Finley on September 5, 2013
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Bought this thinking it was the book written by a 10 year old child who raised money for a friends surgery. Am really disappointed with the pictures and content of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Pies and Cakes on October 23, 2013
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This book has a lot of pretty pictures but only one idea for candy centerpieces. I expected this book to be more useful. I am very disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Valley High on February 8, 2012
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Had to leave a review to say how visually stunning this book is! It wasn't meant to be some deep literary masterpiece, people! It is fun, colorful and breathtaking- it is exactly what I thought it would be. If you are looking for a long history of candy, look in an encyclopedia or somewhere else- this is just a fun, pretty book to cheer you up on a bad day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jen on April 21, 2013
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I expected it to have some recipies for sweets, not so much about how wonderful her shop is. Pure advertising....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Joyce on September 18, 2011
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I saw, but did not buy this book a few days ago. I was curious to see if any reviewers agreed with me - and boy, did they! Page after page of colorful candy, but very little (quality) content. The best 2 ideas in the book are the Vampire Fang drink (recipe on this site) and little rubber duckies floating on clear goblets full of aqua and blue jelly bellies.....which you also now know how to do!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CuteEverything TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A lifelong candy aficionado, Dylan Lauren views candy as a colorful and upbeat art form, as well as a wonderful sensory experience which represents the positive aspects of life.

At the start of Dylan's Candy Bar, some of Dylan's meaningful life events are chronicled, with candy always playing a key role in each of them. For instance, her college entrance essay was called, "How I am like an everlasting gobstopper", ie. layers, sweet, etc. And it was successful! Her interest in candy culminated into a retail-tainment concept when she partnered with the man behind FAO Schweetz (the candy store in FAO Schwartz). Her enormous stores, named Dylan's Candy Bar, are all white, so that the bright and colorful candy colors really stand out and make it a magical place! I loved reading about how her extraordinary store first opened just weeks after 9/11 in New York to a jam packed and delighted crowd, who were grateful for the chance to feel "renewed, happy and hopeful" again.

The rest of the book is separated into chapters featuring different holidays and occasions and offers suggestions for gifts, favors and decor to make with candy. I loved the yellow chocolate duckies swimming in a clear, glass bowl of aqua colored jelly beans for a place setting favor at a baby shower. There are wedding ideas, including fun ways to pop the question with candy. For all of the holidays, you'll find tons of stunning eye candy, from a pastel wafer covered egg for Easter, to a marzipan veggie cornucopia for Thanksgiving.

It is an absolute pleasure to look through this stunning, large scale book, and would be a perfect part of any decor. The main point of Dylan's Candy Bar is to learn to truly savor life, and enjoying candy visually, as well as eating it, is a scrumptious way to do so!
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