(Closed) Candy buffet not a hit with elderly guests?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t think age has anything to do with whether or not someone likes candy; you either do or you don’t. I also don’t think it would be weird to offer some salty things. What you have listed looks good. We are doing a candy/cookie buffet and will include the following:

  • chocolate candy sticks
  • root beer candy sticks
  • cherry cola saltwater taffy
  • sesame seed snaps
  • mary jane’s candy
  • milk chocolate covered oreos
  • milk chocolate pecan caramel turtles
  • chocolate chip cookies
  • peanut butter cookies

Post # 4
116 posts
Blushing bee

The older people I know LOVE sweets 🙂  But, I do know they avoid things that are too hard or too sticky because of dental work.  I think cookies, cupcakes, tarts, etc. would go over well.  Taffy or hard items might not as well.

Post # 6
3253 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I completely agree with ohnyc. Mixing in some cookies and cupcakes would be a great idea. The one piece of advice I would give you is not to order more than you think people will realistically consume. I had a friend do the whole candy buffet thing, and she wasted so much money by ordering much more than people ate. Be careful! 🙂

Post # 7
7776 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

SO not true. I got married last weekend and the older guests were the first oens to ravage the candy buffet. DH’s grandparents are in their 90s and took home 3 takeouts boxes.

Post # 8
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Well, even though it’s not ideal, no matter what favor you pick there’s going to be people who won’t like it/use it. I think it’s not a bad idea to add some salty items to help appeal to more people.

Post # 9
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What??  I was a server for years.  Senior citizens can wipe out a bakery table in seconds. I never visited an older person’s home where there wasn’t a candy dish lying around.  I am sure you are planning on an assortment of candy anyway.  You can always add chocolate-covered pretzels, raisins, peanuts, potato chips, etc.  These are easily made yourself and very economical.

Post # 10
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

we had a candy buffet at our wedding and young and old alike were crowding that table all night!  it was SO funny, at one point the line for the candy was longer than the line for the bar!  it was a HUGE hit.  we had a wide variety of nostalgic and crowd pleaser candies, and bought them at a bulk candy shop in downtown Cincinnati, where we got married.  for the entire thing we only spent $500 on ALL the candy!  and look at it all!  

Post # 11
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would also have some sugar free candies available.  I used to work with alot of older people and alot of them were diabetic (my mom included).  I have a sugar free cake and several desserts that will be sugar free available as we have several guest that are diabetic.

Post # 12
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You’re not going to be able to please everyone with every aspect of your wedding. I’d say just do the buffet and be done with it. I know by the time i’m old i’ll have been to a million weddings, and won’t care what the favor is!

Post # 14
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My 85 year old nana had a stash of lollies hidden in a chest in her lounge – both of my grandparents loved lollies!

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