Post # 1
So we’ve decided to do a candy buffet for our wedding favors – we’ve gotten quotes on it all and decided to DIY it all. I have sourced the cheapest candy, and am getting ready to get started on it all… but I have hit a stumbling block. Just how much candy am I buying??
As we are going to buy online, I can’t even do a test run by bringing a jar to a store to see how much will fit!
I am not interested in refilling the jars throughout the night, I just want them filled for when the buffet gets opened at dessert.
Can anyone who has had one remember on average how much each jar roughly held? We haven’t bought the jars yet but they will be standard apothecary styles.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site
Can you get a jar and fill it with similarly sized local candy and just guestimate from there?
Otherwise, I have no idea, I don’t even know how much I need to buy either, lol. I’m buying from a local bulk foods store though, so it’s not quite as complicated
Post # 4
Is your goal to fill jars, or to offer X pieces of candy per guest?
I’m not doing a full blown candy bar, just three different types of local/purple candies for the guests to take as favors. I bought anywhere between 4-6lbs of each type of candy so that my roughly 70 guests could, in theory, have 3 pieces of each candy. After looking at what 6lb of Huckleberry Taffy looked like I thought “Really? That’s it?” But then I still had to remind myself that there was 60pieces per lb and 6lbs in all. That’s a lot more than it looks. Most websites will tell you how many pieces of candy per pound. I’d say just decide how many pieces you want each guest to be able to have, order the candy, and then buy jars. If you want to start buying jars now, then just buy however many you might think you need and hold on to receipts in case you need to return some.
Post # 5
@CupcakeLove: I’ve just planned a buffet for my wedding and found some really helpful guides that you should check out.
2. I’ve found a good rule of thumb is to purchase .2 – .25 pounds of candy for each expected guest. At my wedding we had 250 guest and I bought around 50 pounds of candy. It sounds like a lot, but it was GONE by the end of the night.
Kids and adults alike destroyed it.
Post # 6
Seriously, buy twice as much as you think you will need. Every reception I have gone to with a candy bar has been destroyed before 9 PM.
Post # 7
Thanks for that! I just want to get enough candy to fill up the jars as we are having cupcakes as well… plus there really wont be anyone to manage it on the night.
I think I will get the jars and head down to the lolly store with one or two of them! See how much we need that way 🙂