Life keeps getting sweeter for Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick. The newly engaged couple met online four years ago and began not only a budding love affair but a scrumptious business. After watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory on their third date, the pair became inspired to create SUGARFINA (, a gourmet-candy company. Two summers ago, they left their jobs (she was marketing director for Barbie at Mattel; he was a video game entrepreneur) to start an online shop offering unique candy, like Champagne-infused gummy bears. Forty percent of their goodies, discovered during frequent international trips, aren’t available anywhere else in the country. We asked the duo, who recently opened a boutique in posh Beverly Hills, Calif., for tips on making Valentine’s Day special.

AMERICAN WAY: What makes a great Valentine’s Day gift?
Rosie O’Neill: You want to give someone a little taste of something special. Something that clearly shows you’ve been thoughtful and have gone off the beaten path. Go for something that tastes great but is also beautifully presented.

Rosie O'Neill and Josh Resnick
AW: What are three can’t-miss gifts from your shop?
RO: A sweetheart bento box we created for the guy looking for the perfect gift. It has eight different sweets with cute little messages like “You Give Me Butterflies,” with gummy butterflies inside that box. Our Pucker Up Candy Gift Set has three candies with messages like “You’re My Sweetheart.” And we have adorable heart-shaped Peach Bellini gummies from Germany, or Hearts Afire — a spicy, heart-shaped gummy for someone who’s sweet but a little bit sassy.

AW: How about for men with a sweet tooth?
Josh Resnick: Cocktail candies tend to be a great gift — Single Malt Scotch Cordials, Maple Bourbon Caramels, Belgian Ale Pints.

AW: Any other tips?
RO: Just have fun with it and don’t stress. It should be fun; it’s a holiday where we celebrate love, and candy is a great way to keep it lighthearted and put a smile on the face of the person it’s given to. And it’s one-size-fits-all.