Post # 1
So I finally decided this morning that I am going to do a candy buffet for my wedding reception in July!
I am expecting around 170 guests. How many jars should I get and how much candy should I plan on buying per person?
Post # 3
I’ve heard that a half pound per person is plenty. Some folks will take more and others will take less so it evens out. Keep in mind that candy is expensive, even in bulk. The number of jars you need depends on how many different kinds you want.
People tend to prefer candy that doesn’t follow any set color scheme in terms of taste. Color coordinated candy looks pretty but it doesn’t always taste good since certain candies are not available in certain colors.
Post # 4
We have the same guest count as you do. During my research I found that it’s recommended to have .25 – .5 pounds per person. I wanted more of a variety so I went with the higher end of the range. We have 9 types of candy and the total weight is about 90 lbs.
Post # 5
I don’t now if you’ve thought this far yet, but this is where I bought most of our bulk candy. Today is the last day for 30% off all candy,using the coupon code 30buycandy. Flat rate shipping of $9.95 is great too!
Post # 6
A fellow bee recommended this and it’s what I will be doing:
Buy the bags/boxes/whatever container you will use – take it to the store and fill it up with bulk candy and weight it. That’s about what you will need per person
Post # 7
i think tinaspoon’s suggestion is great
Post # 8
I think we honestly had about 1 lb per person. I found an old post where I detailed exactly what we bought, here it is (for 65 people):
- York Peppermint patties – 175 ct
- MARS mix (milky way, twix, 3 musketeers, etc) – 10 lbs
- Pop Rocks packs (2 flavors) – 72 ct
- Rainbow hard candy – 4 lbs
- Rock Candy sticks, assorted colors – 120 ct
- Custom fortune cookies – 100 ct
So, I think that comes in around 60-70 lbs for 65 people with 15 different kinds of candy. We did have a bit left over, but not a ton. We have a lot of big sweet eaters in our family though, so we had people that took 2 boxes home a piece. I think that if your family doesn’t have a huge sweet tooth, what we had could easily cover around 100+ people.
We bought most of our jars at thrift stores and garage sales, so we didn’t spend much there. We got all of our candy from a local wholesaler and Sam’s Club. I would say that in total… it probably cost us about $400 when you include the candy, jars, scoops and the chinese takeout boxes.