Dylan graduated from Duke University in 1996 where she studied art history. Dylan's Candy Bar was inspired by seeing Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory on her fifth birthday. She describes it as the most "memorable birthday party I ever had. I must have been in kindergarten, and I had all my friends over. Somehow my parents got a print, set up a movie screen in our house, and did a little show there. It was like going to Disneyland."