STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick, owners of Sugarfina, visited KCAL9 Wednesday to show viewers how to make beautiful – and delicious – Easter gifts.
O’Neill and Resnick are sweethearts who dreamed of opening a luxury candy boutique since their third date, a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Having personally taste-tested thousands of candies from dozens of countries, O’Neill and Resnick consider themselves true “candy connoisseurs.”
About 40 percent of the products they sell at Sugarfina — Champagne Bears and Peach Bellini gummies from Germany, Chocolate Kumquats from Greece, and sugar blossom hard candies from Japan — cannot be found anywhere else in the United States.
They shared the following ideas for Easter gifts:
– Mini Easter favors are a great way to dress up your Easter table.
– You can place one at each person’s place setting or create a beautiful display with your favors.
– First, pick your basket. You can find little baskets at most cake decorating stores.
– Then place a little Easter grass in the bottom.
– Add your candy, such as pastel marshmallow eggs or chocolate kumquat eggs from Greece.
– Lastly, finish with a little flag with either the person’s name or a sweet message.
– If you really want to go “over the top,” we have these beautiful chocolate egg boxes, sculpted and painted by hand. When you remove the top, you’ll find Confetti Dolci inside, a shimmery pastel candy from Italy.
Easter Candy Display
– Another great way to dress up your Easter celebration is to create a gorgeous candy display.
– While the kids are off doing the Easter egg hunt, the grown-ups can enjoy the gourmet candy.
– First, pick your color palette – we chose pastel aqua, pink and yellow; it’s best to stick to two or three colors, and you can always use white as a neutral.
– Next, pick your candy – try to select a good mix of textures and flavors, like a crunchy candy, a smooth candy like a caramel, and a gummy candy; surprise your guests with unique candies they might not have seen or tasted before, like Champagne Bubbles or these pretty Robin’s Egg caramels.
– When creating your display, use risers to create different heights and select a mix of tall, short, narrow and round jars; create cute name labels to identify the candies.
– Serve the candy in something interesting, like little cupcake cups or pastel takeout boxes.
– We’ve all seen the traditional Easter basket, so this year why not try something a little different, more fresh and modern?
– Instead of a regular basket, pick something functional, like a white or pastel planter, or a ceramic berry basket, which you can find at places like the Container Store; that way, when you’re done with the candy, you can use it in the kitchen, garden or office.
– Just like a normal basket, you can lay down layers of Easter grass, then add your candies and treats.
– Some of the Easter favorites in our boutique are these Rainbow Kyoto Blossoms from Japan, pastel marshmallow eggs, and these pastel Chocolate Sparkles from Greece.
– It’s nice to add some non-candy items as well. We like to include things like Carrot Surprise cones, which you unwrap to find tiny trinkets and treasures inside: an iPhone case and cute drink straws. Mix it up and get creative.