(Closed) Candy bar question

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
248 posts
Helper bee

Not sure on amounts – someone else can chime in here.  But in a recent conversation with my wedding planning, I mentioned I did not want all the candy gone in less than an hour (as I saw at a recent reception even though it was refilled several times).  She recommended not setting up the candy bar until after dinner (which she will do) so that it is truly a favor and not a main course at your table! That should keep costs under control somewhat if you have someone who can do this for you.  We will have the table ready and all jars in place and the take-home containers on the table.  Maybe a note that tells what time candy will be served.  But we’ll hold off until the end of dessert before filling the jars.

Post # 4
1 posts
  • Wedding: January 2010



this link is to an article about candy buffets, it suggests getting 10 types of candy and 15 to 20 pound each.  Another article I read said that people get a little nutty around free candy and usually wind up taking between 1/4 and 1/2 pound a piece!  That’s 4 to 8 ounces per person. 

Post # 5
57 posts
Worker bee

I’ve been thinking about it more as how it will look rather than a set amount of candy per person.  I’ve collected all the containers I plan to be filling, enough to cover the table our venue is providing, in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  I’m just gonna fill them to the brim (by hitting the after Halloween sales) and hope it’s enough for our 150 guests. 

Post # 6
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

The best advice I found while planning was to take one of the containers you plan to give your guests to fill to a bulk candy store, fill it yourself and weigh it. I’ve ever heard doing 3 or so containers and taking the average weight of them all as the estimated amount of candy each guest will take. Multiply that average by the total number of guests you’ll have and that’s the least amount of candy you should buy. To add to that, I read somewhere that you should have at least another 5 or so pounds of candy so that you have a little extra for the last person to go through and they’ll still have a choice of candy to choose from. Plus that little extra helps cover the people that will snack on the candy at the reception and refill their containers.

We followed those tips and had a very successful candy buffet that everyone loved. I also agree with the previous suggestion of not putting out all the candy at once, but have containers for each kind of candy that you have someone keep refilling through out the reception as the containers start to get low. That helps keep it looking pretty longer. Have fun!

Post # 7
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I did burgundy and orange candy since those were our colors. We definitetly had plenty of candy left over so I wouldn’t go overboard on the candy. I’ve got bags of jelly beans, atomic fireballs, gumballs and lollipops left over from it. I didn’t attempt to calculate an amount per person, I just determined how many containers would look good on the table and went from there. We had around 150 people and it was a little much. Just remember that not everyone will eat the candy. Here are two shots of our table, it doesn’t show the whole table but it shows a majority of it.

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We had lollipops, twizzlers, jelly beans, rock candy, old fashioned candy sticks, gum balls, jordan almonds, atomic fireballs, runts, pixie sticks and butterscotch discs.

Post # 8
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@angee524:  yuor photos arnt there, can  you reload them??? our colors are burgundy and black i wanted to see others in the same colors as us…

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