08/07/2013 10:25 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Dylan Lauren, Founder of Dylan's Candy Bar, Shares 6 Sweet Inspirations

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By Arianna Davis

Dylan Lauren -- founder of Dylan's Candy Bar, the boutique chain of playful confectioneries soon to pop up in airports -- talks about the everyday things that inspire her.

How did you fall in love with candy?
My parents [Ricky and Ralph Lauren] screened Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at my sixth birthday party, and when I first glimpsed the lollipop and candy cane trees, gumball podiums and edible flowers, I remember thinking, "I want my own candy land!"

How does candy spark your creativity?
I've been making Pop Art-inspired collages with candy wrappers since college. And I love brainstorming funky creations, like pancakes-and-syrup-flavored chocolate.

Do you eat candy all day?
I'm constantly snacking on Swedish Fish, red gummy bears and gumballs; they keep me going. I try to make up for it by eating lots of vegetables.

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