Post # 1
We want to do a candy buffet as our favours, but someone pointed out that “old people don’t like sweets.” Then I got to thinking that not everyone (age irrelevant) likes sweets, either. Would it be weird to put salty things in the buffet too, i.e. pretzels, mixed nuts, Jordan almonds…? We need to do it on a small budget. Does anyone have suggestions for “crowd pleasing” and INEXPENSIVE items to have in a “candy” buffet?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@ohnyc: very good point. Thank you!
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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Post # 14
My 85 year old nana had a stash of lollies hidden in a chest in her lounge – both of my grandparents loved lollies!
Post # 15
@Miss Sparklespaniel: haha love it!
OK, so I will definitely make sure there are non sticky/hard/gooey options, for the dentally challenged. We don’t have diabetics, but I will make sure there are some salty choices.
Last question…do you think half-pound bags will be big enough? I don’t want them to be pathetically tiny…