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Tip of the Week: My Next Incarnation of the Candy Bar!

The popularity of candy bars has every bride asking for apothecary jars filled with miniature snicker bars and color-coordinated jelly bellies.  I empathize with bride’s enthusiasm as I designed my first candy bar with the help of Dylan’s Candy Bar at Nas and Kelis’ 2005 nuptials.  Lauren Dylan created custom chocolate molds of music inspired that included musical notes, miniature microphones and CD’s.  In addition, she brought in white chocolate and milk chocolate fountains along with a few classic childhood favorites consisting of milk chocolate and almond candy bars, chocolate kisses and yes personalized M&M’s.  As I’ve watched this trend grow in popularity and become more conventional, I have been eagerly anticipating its next incarnation.

Laduree Bar – Paris, France

My Design Coordinator Tiffany Pompey and I have been hard at work designing an upcoming French inspired party brainstorming for hours on end for ideas to restore glamour, elegance and sophistication to the concept of a designated dessert space.  My web browsing led me to Ladurée – the French Chocolatier and creator of the original Macaroon.  Little did I know that my travels last year would take me to Paris Fashion Week and subsequently the opportunity to experience what the French already know – dessert is as important as the main entrée and deserves to be treated as such.

I snuck away one afternoon to Ladurée on Champs-Elysees to try and understand the French’s adoration of this famous dessert boutique.  A few hours at the uber-fabulous bar at Ladurée left me with more than enough inspiration for my upcoming dessert installation.  The great thing about my time at Ladurée and the experience that inspired me is that it showed me a perspective that I had not previously been aware of.  It peaked a thought process that I could not discover on my own.  My visit to Ladurée was not the answer to my design dilemma, as I would never duplicate something that another artist has already conceived.  However, it proved what I already suspected to be true – dessert is a time-honored tradition that deserves to be savored beautifully and fabulously…something great is percolating and will come to life because of my brief time spent in Paris sipping champagne and savoring every bite of a Key Lime Macaroon tart.

So how will you re-design your next incarnation of the candy bar?


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    I too think dessert is a super important component to any event. I encourage all my brides to have additional dessert selections to go along with the traditional wedding cake. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cake, I just love having options as well.

    I love your description of dessert “dessert is a time-honored tradition that deserves to be savored beautifully and fabulously… ” This goes for their marriage as well, it too should be savored beautifully and fabulously!

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