Treat designers fulfill their customers’ sweet dreams
By Erika Engle
May 1, 2015
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COURTESY LAVAROKS LLC. Darci Kiyonaga, founder and chief candy designer and creator at Lavaroks LLC, examines a log of candy that will be pulled, stretched and cut to reveal a panda face that runs through each piece of candy.
COURTESY LAVAROKS LLC Darci Kiyonaga commonly creates candies with one or two letters in the design, but more detailed lettering also is possible, as with this design created for the a wedding.
COURTESY LAVAROKS LLC This Despicable Me-inspired design is one of many that shows the level of detail that is possible with custom orders by Lavaroks’ Darci Kiyonaga.
COURTESY LAVAROKS LLC This Hello Kitty-inspired design is one of many that shows the level of detail that is possible with custom orders by Lavaroks’ Darci Kiyonaga.
COURTESY LAVAROKS LLC Lavaroks owner Darci Kiyonaga displays the two sizes of glass jars that are among the packaging options the company offers for favor-sized servings of the handmade candies.
COURTESY LAVAROKS LLC Sugar mixture in various colors is built into a design and wrapped in an outer layer of the same mixture and measures on average 4 inches in diameter, before it is pulled, stretched and cut into individual candies.
COURTESY LAVAROKS LLC Lavaroks' finished pineapple candies, measuring about a quarter-inch in diameter. The flavoring agents Lavaroks maker Darci Kiyonaga uses are clear, so candies with a pineapple motif could be made with a completely different flavor.
COURTESY LAVAROKS LLC. The finished panda candies made by Lavaroks LLC.