We can't get enough of the gourmet flavors of Bon Puf, our favorite cotton candy cart. If you attended our birthday party a few weeks back, you may have spotted Cloe, standing at her adorable cart, swirling away and crafting clouds of tasty cotton candy for a long line of attendees. With flavors like salted caramel, pear, lemonade, and coconut topped with a sprinkle of Pop Rocks (yes, it was delicious!), it's needless to say that we have fallen for all things Bon Puf. Cloe was sweet enough to sit down with us and talk about her delightful cotton candy business!
What inspired you start your own business?
To be honest I never really had the intention of starting a business before the idea for a cotton candy catering company popped into my mind!
I had always loved cotton candy, ever since I was little it had been my favorite treat whether at the Santa Monica Pier or at a Dodger Game. When I graduated high school I took a year off to travel and work, it was during this time that I had the lightbulb moment where I realized cotton candy needed to be reinvented with all natural and relevant flavors. I really dove head first into researching natural ingredients and what it would take to start my own cotton candy business after that moment. A year later I debuted Bon Puf at The Unique LA Summer Show. I think because I gave my self time to think about what I wanted to do instead of rushing into college I was able to take this idea and develop it into what Bon Puf is today.
How did you come up with the name Bon Puf? It's absolutely adorable!
During my year off after high school I went to the South of France to work. I picked up a bit of french and so when I returned and started putting my focus into my cotton candy ideas I knew I wanted to incorporate the French word for "good" into my business name. One day while experimenting with organic sugars my mom used the word "puf" to describe my cotton candy creations. We put the two words together and voila, Bon Puf!
What makes your cotton candy stand out among the standard county fair selection?
My cotton candy is all organic and all natural sans any artificial coloring or flavors. Second I am known for adorning my sweet pufs with fun and unexpected toppings such as chili, chai spices, pop rocks, sprinkles and more!
When you're not spinning amazingly delicious cotton candy, what can we find you doing?
When I am not spinning cotton candy I am plugging away at credits at my community college, going to the beach any chance I get, spending way to much money at thrift stores, going on adventures with my boyfriend and spending time with my supportive family. I am very blessed to live in such a fun city where there is always a farmer's market, concert or flea market to go to so when I am not busy working it is hard to feel bored.
Which flavor is your personal favorite, and which seems to be the favorite among your fans?
I am a huge fan of anything having to do with coconuts so naturally I am very fond of my coconut pufs. That being said the Mango Chili puf is my most popular flavor, especially among Los Angeles locals.
What does a workweek look like for you? We're pretty sure it's not the typical 9 to 5 schedule!
Oh man, it's different all the time. Since most of my jobs are on the weekend I spend my work weeks catching up on emails, coming up with new flavor creations, and updating my Pinterest and Instagram accounts. I also try to make time to get out of my little office space and get inspired by fellow business owners.
Do you have any new toppings, flavors or ideas in the works?
I just introdced my Horchata flavor on Instagram! I am also really excited about introducing Lavender to my flavor line up soon! So stay tuned!!! Also Lychee dusted with matcha green tea is in the works.
What are your dreams for your company? Where do you see Bon Puf in 5 years?
That's a great question! I see Bon Puf branded gold Westfalias traveling all over the world bringing sweet treats to celebrations in every country. If you haven't noticed I am not afraid to dream big!
Heels or flats? Swedish Hasbeens! Haha was that an option!?
Chick flicks or documentaries? Documentaries, Netflix has so many good ones. Maiden Trip, Muscle Shoals, Eames are some of my favorites.
Jeans or dresses? Jeans! I am a big fan of Madewell jeans!
Flowers or a box of chocolates? Flowers, especially wild flowers!
Your #1 beauty must have... Gnarly Whale's Beach Waves Spray. The cotton candy fragrance is to die for!
-- Cloe, Bon Puf
Thanks again to Cloe for providing the the sweetest treat for our birthday event. Head over to her site to see all her amazing flavors. And see her fashion shoot with Glitter Guide when she wore all Ruche!
Here's a little roundup of our birthday party attendees and their Bon Puf creations: