Candy Buffet Alternatives? Need ideas

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

Lollybags:  were doing a trail mix bar at our wedding. He loves sweets and I love salty so were going to have stuff like peanuts, marshmallows, pretzels, m and ms, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, rice chex, mini oreos, popcorn, etc. it’s pricing out cheaper than a candy bar so maybe that would be a fun, cheaper candy bar alternative. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June, 2014

We did a s’mores buffet at our wedding. Offered different types of chocolates and different flavors marshmallows and graham crackers. It was a hit!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

Lollybags:  For cold/no heating:

Chips, us aussies love our chips. You could use good quality plain chips and have seasonings to make them flavoured. There are quite a few recipes online to make your own seasonings using things like chilli powder, mustard powder, sea salt etc. 

Build your own pavs. Get those mini pavs and then have toppings available (alternative for dessert bar)

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Also Ozsale often has really cheap dispensers/countainers that would be good to use for candy buffets/dessert buffets/ drinks.

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June, 2014

Lollybags:  oops! The problem with speed reading! Some stuff gets passed over. Hope the other bees can be a bit more helpful! Best of luck in your endeavor!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  ren89.
Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Lollybags:  haha yes! you can get trail mix with just that stuff too but if you bought a standard bag of trail mix at the grocery store (at least in my part of the US) it would have peanuts, m and ms, chocolate chips, maybe sunflower seeds, some sort of crunchy thing like a pretzel, peanut butter flavored something or other, maybe some raisins or dried cranberries. 

so I guess we use the term trail mix in my area as a catch all for random goodies mixed together! Haha 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I baked a sweet n salty buffet using my own recipes (strawberry cake pops, white chocolate chex mix, caramel chex mix, savory chex mix, honey mustard pretzels, white choc. dipped pretzels, cheese straws) and my guests loved it.  I packaged everything up so that our guests would have snacks for the plane ride home (90% had to travel).  Plus I saved a ton of money baking/making everything myself.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

housebee:  how far in advance did you do this? I’d love to do something like this but don’t want to cook the day or 2 days before the wedding. Do you think it would still work doing it the 3rd day before?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Lollybags:  I know you mentioned no heating/chilling but i had an icecream sundae bar at my wedding and that was a massive success. Just 3 flavours of ice cream and about 10 different toppings. People loved it.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Another idea (unfortunately requires heating) could be a churros station with different sauces and icecreams too.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Ok I’m sorry I have another vote for pushing the s’mores. But so you know it’s not JUST grahm crackers. That’s just the original. You can also use all kinds of cookies too! That’s why we are having a s’more buffet. One of our favorite romantic memories is making smores in his toaster oven with chocolate chip cookies. 

You can put out all kinds of different kinds of cookies as well as graham crackers. And tons o different chocolates like cookies an cream, peanut butter cups, caramilk (or whatever caramel filled), minty chocolate, chocolate with nuts in it, etc.

If you’re going to start a business, don’t follow trends, SET them. That’s how you become the best.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

nestle:  It depends on the food item and how you store it.  I started baking about 1 week before my wedding.  Items like cake pops and dipped pretzels stayed fresh for several days, while the cheese straws had to be baked the morning of my wedding.  I would recommend that you do a freshness test before your wedding (bake the items and try them each day after until you determine when the “freshness” window for the item is).  I used a vacuum sealer for the chex mixes and dipped pretzels, I refrigerated the cake pops.  Hope this helps 🙂

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