(Closed) Candy Buffet for 70-80 Guests

posted 8 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I have heard to estimate about half a pound of candy per person. So that’s 35-40 lbs total. I guess it depends on your crowd, though; and kind of depends on the candy too – e.g. I would assume people would be more likely to consume more of something chewy or gummy than something like lollipops or gum (based on the long-lasting-ness of lollipops and gum)

Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

For 50 guests, I am getting the following:

  • Chocolate Candy Sticks – 80ct
  • Root Beer Candy Sticks – 80ct
  • Cherry Cola Salt Water Taffy – 5lbs
  • Sesame Seed Snaps – 24ct X 2
  • Mary Jane’s Candy – 5lbs
  • Milk Chocolate Covered Oreos – 5lbs
  • Milk Chocolate Covered Caramel Patties
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies made with vanilla sugar and rum vanilla extract that I will be making
  • Peanut Butter Cookies made with vanilla sugar and rum vanilla extract that I will be making

The sugar and vanilla extract are made by me.

We will be using the glassware in the pictures.

I got the glassware at Michaels and Joannes with coupons and also at our local Goodwill. The candy I will be getting at http://www.acandystore.com/shop-by-category-old-fashioned.html

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Post # 5
31 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

Start by deciding how big of a table you are going to use, and how many candy jars you need. Then you’ll just need to get enough candy to fill the jars and make the table look “full”. Don’t worry about ordering too much candy. From my experience, people ate a lot more candy than I was anticipating. We went home with a few jars that weren’t full, but that candy was soon enjoyed by our immediate family and friends, so nothing went to waste.

Aim to get enough candy to fulfill the ‘look’ that you’re going for, and then let your guests enjoy your hard work!

Post # 6
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had 105 guests. All the estimates said .5lb/guest but 35-40 lbs seems like a ton!

Our wedding was last weekend the candy I bought was:

1. Salt Water Taffy (5lbs bought/2lbs left over)
2. Pillow Mints (4lbs bought/2lbs left over)
3. Raisinets (5lbs bought/1 lbs left over)
4. Chocolate covered pretzels (5lbs bought/1 lb left over)
5. Yogurt covered pretzels (5lbs bought/1 lb left over)
6. Hershey’s kisses (5 lbs bought/.5lb left over)
7. Non pariels (5lbs bought/2 lbs left over)
So we bought 34 lbs and had 9.5 left over! Weight depends on what you get but I think .5lb/guest is too much.

Post # 8
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

When my company does the candy buffets for clients, we make sure to caculate around 1/4 lb per guest.  One of the things that you must remember is the size of your jars at your buffet and the bags the guests will be using.  You don’t want huge jars and then only have the bottom filled with candy and you don’t want giant bags and then not purchase enough candy either.  You sort of have to factor it all together to get the perfect amount.  Good luck!

Post # 9
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

make sure to think about who your guests are.  A lot of old people may not eat tons of gummy bears and if its a summer wedding don’t get a lot of chocolate.  We did bags and purpospoly got small ish ones so people couldnt fill up and leave none for the rest of the guests.  They can always go back for more! 

Even thought its easy to go overboard you’ll end up with all the leftovers (and Yes there will be) so don’t get crap you dont like or prepare to get rid of it somehow.  Give away or trash that night or next day.  You dont need to make it look like a photoshoot.  We just had like 5 jars with enough (cost me $65!) for 75 people but wasnt 1/2 per person!  A lot of people probably didn’t even tough it!  All the M&M and almost all the jelly beans went.  Most of the standard green/white mints but not many of the sour things.

Post # 10
10 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

I do Candy Buffets (a lot of them) as part of my business…USUALLY you estimate 1/4lb-1/2lb per person when purchasing…a pound is A LOT…. it usually factors in what type of candy your having, how many varieites etc…if you are doing alot of gummy candy it can be closer to 1/3lb, but if you have alot of chocolate you want to be more around the 1/2(even a little more) it also depends on the size of the treat bags…

Post # 11
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Posting so I can check back to this… very helpful!


Post # 12
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Awesome – great information!  Just priced out some candy yesterday online and found some great deals at economycandy.com.  They also appear to have great reviews!

Post # 14
52 posts
Worker bee

Awesome advice- I will check back when I get closer to my wedding.


Post # 17
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This is such good info – we’re going through this process right now!

Where did the bees that had a candy buffet find their containers?

Secondly, when getting large pieces (large lollys, rock candy, ring pops, etc), did you get one piece per guest?  I’m thinking about having ring pops, but I know that many guests probably won’t take one and I don’t want a ton of them left over.  Is it acceptable to get less than the number of guests I will have?

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