(Closed) Candy buffet — how much candy do we need?

posted 8 years ago in Favors
  • poll: Which would you prefer to see, as a guest?
    A black and white theme for the candy : (6 votes)
    22 %
    Retro candy : (14 votes)
    52 %
    Purple and green (our original wedding colors), though they won't be used anywhere else : (4 votes)
    15 %
    Something else (suggestions, please!) : (3 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    687 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m not sure on the quantity question but here is a great website if you’re looking to purchase online… http://www.candywarehouse.com/ 

    You can look for candy by color if you go the b/w route or you can browse through the nostalgic candy section for some great retro options! πŸ™‚

    Post # 5
    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’m doing a candy buffet also.  I really like sticking to one or two colors.  I think it looks so beautiful and is great in pictures.  I am using clear glass jars and vases.  I’ve found most of them at TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls.  I’m also having about 90 guests and we’re doing 6-8 different types of candy and we’re also doing French Macarons.  Check out http://www.amyatlas.com for the absolute best dessert displays. 

    I’ve actually found a local grocery store that has tons of bulk candy and is much cheaper than anything I’ve found online.  Good luck, have fun!

    Post # 6
    2866 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I bought 5-6 kinds and 5 lbs of each. We had MORE than enough.

    I’d make a couple of suggestions so that it has the most visual impact. You may need more space (we had a 6×3 table and it was even a little too small) so you can spread out everything. We had more jars than types of candy but it looked nicer with a bunch of smaller jars than a few large ones. Also I’d say use only 2-3 colors of candy to keep it looking chic. Candy buffets with multi-colors look more like a child’s birthday than a wedding.

    Post # 8
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We are having a candy buffet too, but for about 50 people. I am setting it up with 7 types of candy and 2 types of cookies. The best site that I found for candy is ACandyStore. It offers flat rate shipping, and by my calculations and for the type of candy we are going to use, it comes out less than any other online store that I have found. We are having a Victorian themed wedding and will be using old fashioned candy. Here is a list of the candy we are going to use:

    • Sesame Seed Snaps
    • Mary Janes Candy
    • Brown and White Chocolate Sticks
    • Brown and White Rootbeer Sticks
    • Cherry Cola Salt Water Taffy
    • Milk Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies
    • Milk Chocolate Pecan Caramel Patties

    I will also be making chocolate chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies made with the vanilla sugar and vanilla extract that I made for favors.

    In my research, I have found that the amount recommended for each guest is 1/4 to 1/2 pound of candy per guest; depending on the type of candy you are serving. It is best to go with candy you know you love because chances are, your guests will love it too.

    We are going to a candy store in the mall to check their prices on Friday, and then we will make our decision on where to purchase.

    Post # 10
    5778 posts
    Bee Keeper


    Here’s where we got some of our scoops, and they have some good info as well.

    I’d practice with measuring out the size of space you’ll have and see how it plays out and looks. We did a trial run of the candy as some of the containers were quite large. Turns out we needed to buy more of some things. We used lots of different sizes as well.

    I second purchasing from ACandyStore.com. Bulk candy weighs a lot and the flat rate of $9.95 can make a huge difference in your overall cost once you pick out what you want.

    a picture of our trial run…excuse the mess!

    The setup at the wedding on a table that was WAY too big.

    Post # 12
    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I bought a 95lbs for 100 guests and had 21lbs left. They ate tons! I had bought extra assuming I would donate what was left to a shelter (got married 12/11 figured it would be nice for the holidays) I did the colors of the wedding, purple, gold, and ivory.  The thing is all of the people that eat it during the reception that I originally didn’t acount for. We used a full size table. We also did chocolate covered pretzels and oreos which were from bulkfoods.com and were cheaper than the candy in bigger quantities. I also used candywarehouse.com and groovycandies.com   I did 13 types and bought anywhere from 5-10lbs per item.

    Post # 13
    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I love the black and white idea!  Also, think just beyond candy.  We’re doing white chocolate dipped pretzels and yogurt raisins (needed something white) and we’re buying them in bulk at the grocery store.  I also like the idea of adding height to the table to make it nicer to look at.  I’m going to use some cake stands to put some of my jars on.  I suggest gettting varying sizes of jars, vases and agree with what camrie said: split the candy up between smaller jars so it doesn’t look so empty. 

    Post # 14
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    @Mrs Grape: If you get larger candy, it will fill up whatever you are using for containers more and give your table a fuller look. If you pick things like jelly beans and m&ms, you will need more of them to fill the containers.

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