REAL LIFE Candy Buffet

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
8 posts
  • Wedding: Canal 337

just some initial googling returned 4-8oz (1/4-1/2lb) per guest.  i would guess how big of a table depends on how many types of different candy you want.

if you have a set budget for this project, that may be the best starting point.  use that budget and determine how much you have to spend per guest.  then subtract some for the containers (lots of people suggest checking goodwill, salvation army, thrift stores, etc.) and determine how much you have to spend on candy.

oh here, i found this!  it looks like good stuff:

good luck!  🙂

Post # 3
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We had one. We did a mix of desserts and candy because that was surprisingly more inexpensive. We spent around $800-$1000 on treats. We ordered all candy from Candy Warehouse. Not issuer what else to say but here are pictures. Let me know if you have any questions.


Post # 4
705 posts
Busy bee

This is from my shower. So it’s a little scaled down from a wedding but maybe it will help. 

Post # 5
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had 60 guests and this was my candy buffet. It was pricey, I probably spent $400-$500 on candy, jars, and bags…it really depends on what you want to use.

I really enjoyed setting it up and having lots of things for my guests to choose from. I scoped out deals in the months prior (the Ferrero Rocher were an awesome score from a Christmas Clearance!). I did a lot of online shopping for candy, and scoped out bulk stores for candy that met our colour scheme. I did have a bit left over, but it was a pretty good amount of candy for the guests.

Our candy list included:

  • Ferrero Rocher
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Jelly Belly (in wedding colours)
  • Rock Candy
  • Jordan Almonds
  • Grape Gummy candy
  • Chocolate caramel hearts
  • I also had a bunch of purple glow-stick bracelets for the kids on the favour table– and the adults liked them just as much! lol


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Post # 6
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

jayebaby:  omg, how cute is that set up?! I’m obsessed. 

Post # 7
3731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our colors were red, black, and silver so all of our candy was red, black, silver, or chocolate. We found a candy shop that does candy buffets so she provided everything and set it all up. I can’t remember what all we had (because thanks to the white paper lunch bags that the lady set out after we told her not to, some over-excited guests took all the candy before we even got to the reception) but i do remember Hershey Kisses, twizzlers, black licorice, chocolate coins, sour cherry gummies, chocolate covered s’mores bars, and haystacks. Here’s the only picture our photographer got (all of the candy was gone before she got there ) The candyshop owner also provided all of the jars and plates, as well as setting up the whole table (bling included!)

PS I definitely recommend having a “candy table attendant” to make sure that 5 people don’t take everything and leave and empty table for everyone else.

Post # 8
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

liameowchelle:  Aww, thanks 🙂 My husband designed and staged all of it and I was so proud of him.

Post # 9
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are doing one, I do not have pictures because the wedding has not come to pass yet.

We are using an 8 foot table for our candy buffet, so we have LOTS of jars, ranging from really large, to small.

What we did was counted how many jars needed small, unopened candies, and how many jars needed large candy or treats [large containers]. Then we bought a bunch of different types of candies.

We spent around $500 total on all supplies [containers, vases, tongs, platters, decoration items, take home boxes, plates, chocolate fountain, mini cupcake stands, bamboo sticks], and candy/food [cupcakes, brownies, cheesecakes, butter mints].

Here is a list of all of the candy we bought, most of it was purchased at department stores, and the suckers were purchased from oriental trading.

2 bags Chewy Sprees

2 bags Skittles

2 bags Life Saver Mints

2 bags Mini M&Ms

2 bags Heath Pieces

2 bags York Pieces

3 bags Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans

2 bags Tootsie Rolls

2 bags Tootsie Rolls Fruit

2 Chewy Sweet Tarts

1 Container Twizzlers

2 bags Starburst Fruity Slushie

2 bags Skittles Desserts

2 bags Reeses Mini Cups

2 bags Mini Rolo’s

2 large boxes Whoppers

3 bags Sixlets,

1 box Bubbaloo Bubble Gum

2 bags wedding fortune cookies

2 packages swirl suckers

So in the end, we didn’t really “measure” how much candy we have, we just bought enough containers to fill the table and got enough to fill those. I’m sure we’ll have a bunch left over.

Post # 10
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

we had 150 guests at our wedding and needed 65 pounds of candy, and even that was gone in no time, just make sure you get more then you think you need

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