Post # 1
I searched the boards but didn’t find tons of answers. We decided to do a candy buffet when we first got engaged-now a year later and with everything but the candy I’m regretting it! This was not a cheaper option to favors 🙂
We are expecting 100-125 people and have 7 jars. I don’t want the jars to look empty, but I also don’t want to waste a tone of candy. How much do people actually use? I’ve seen 1/2 lb. per person bu that seems like a lot.
Where did you order your candy? Nut.com seem to have the bet pricing but everyone is really expensive on the shipping end. Did anyone order chocolate? To upgrade to air shipping is as much a the candy but I don’t want things to melt. I was thinking of ordering it on Sunday night so it will ship on Monday and not sit at UPS all weekend. Do you think that would be okay?
Post # 3
I ordered our candy from candy warehouse.com
They have information on their website about shipping. We did order chocolate, but it’s only an hour away from us so the shipping wasn’t an issue. They do ship every where though and I remember reading about how they pack the chocolate in dry ice?
We ordered half a pound per guest, but that was more because I wanted 9 jars for 170 people and I wanted 10 pounds for each jar. I like variety and the look of more jars on display. We had a lot of candy left over. The “good stuff” was cleaned out FAST though. If I had to guess, I would say we had 20-30 pounds left over. My mom had no problems making little gift bags for her friends who didn’t get invited.
Post # 4
@yellowshoe: Did 10 lbs fill up each jar? I just don’t want them to look empty but I have no idea how much we need for a good ‘look’. What was the most popular for you guys? We want to stick to our colors (pink, ivory, gray/silver) but that knocks out some of our favorites. Thanks!
Post # 5
@BluegrassBridetoBee: that was exactly my worry too, that there would be empty jars. I also wanted the jars to stay full all night, which totally leads to a ton of left overs. It depends on the jars you buy. Our wedding coordinator set up the jars so I can’t tell you how much of what fit in each jar. We stuck to our colors: green, purple, and white (silver is our color, but what’s silver candy?) The ones we had nothing or very small amount left over were: the sour grapefruit gummys, white chocolate covered pretzels, andes mints, green apple gummy bears. The purple candy wasn’t a big hit: dark chocolate kisses, grape gummy bears, black cherry australian licorice.
Here’s a photo of our candy buffet for an idea though:
Post # 6
I bought some stuff in stores when it was on sale. I used pink and gold candy and chocolate. We had rolos and reese cups that I bought at Target over a few months. I also checked out a somewhat local Farmer’s market that had candy. We ordered in bluk from them (esp the chocolate) and picked it up about a week before. Kept it in the basement to keep cool. We didn’t have any problems. We ordered jellybelly’s online during their sale- those suckers were expensive and probably need a 10 lb bag to fill up a small jar. Those were decieving to guess how much we needed.
We had 145 guests and I think had 30 lbs or so. We had some leftover but not a lot.
Post # 7
Okay, I found an okay pic of our table: Hopefully this helps (from what I remember!)
-Choc covered raisins: we got 3 containers from Sam’s club. 2 fills it up, we got one extra to replenish.
-Reeses- I think that’s about 9 bags. The normal size bags form Target. Often they were 3 for $8.
-Rolos- 9 bags as well. Probably only need 7 bags or so.
-gummi bears- 10 lb bag. (I think 5 lbs filled it, but we bought an extra since it was cheap)
-choc covered pretzels- I think we had a 10 lb bag, so may 5 or 6 was in the container to start.
-jelly bellys- I think all 10 lbs filled the jar. Those were a pain and expensive!
-watermelon licorice- We had 5 bags and I think 25 or so were in each bag. Those were a big hit.
-Sour grapefruit- (behind the pretzels), I think we bought 7 lbs but probably 4 filled the jar. Those were a big hit with my parents and similar aged friends!
-We also had mixed nuts- we bought 2 containers from Sam’s club.
*It was such a headache but a few weeks before the wedding, I would pull out the jars and fill them up with what I had. I made sure to wear gloves and keep everything as clean as possible. During the planning, I regretted doign a candy buffet b/c it was so much work, but all the guests loved it!! They still talk about it! I think we spent $150ish total on candy.
Post # 8
If you put larger items in the larger jars, that should help with lowering the cost. I imagine candy like jelly beans will get costly if placed in a large container. I don’t know if you are going with a color theme, but think of larger/longer items for larger containers, things like: candy sticks, pixie stixs, chocolate covered pretzels, caramel or candy covered popcorn/popcorn balls, tootsie pops, rock candy sticks. I think Candy Warehouse maybe one that has more of a flat rate shipping cost. Put smaller items in smaller containers. Oh, I just saw your other post about colors. Get pink candy locally the day after Easter! 🙂
Post # 9
I was thinking about doing a candy buffet too but was wondering if anyone bought candy prewrapped or does it matter? I was thinking about do some wrapped some not..
I would like to do Hershey Kisses, Reese’s PB cups (my favorite candy), Gobstoppers (fiance favorite candy besides Snickers), Skittles, chocolate covered pretzels, and caramel popcorn.
But I have no clue what to put them in or how to really design the table. Is there a certain container they go in? Or could it just be like tall vases? Should they have lids?
I figured about $200 for everything would be reasonable since we’re having less than 100 guest (that includes kids). And would bags hold the candy well? Or should I use little boxes?
Sorry to hi-jack the thread but I am lost when it comes to candy buffet (never thought about it until I started watching Four Weddings and reading on the BEE) haha
Post # 10
I am also considering a candy buffet and I would like to stick to my colors. I was hoping it would a cost effective favor but the candy prices are steep! I think I will have to buy the candy in stores since it seems much cheaper than ordering online. and I am definitely doing cellophane bags instead of boxes! Will probably add a sticker for personalization
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’m just warning you that this gets expensive really fast. You will spend between $20 and $60 for each jar of candy + shipping (and the candy jars and the bags). I ordered from ACandyStore.com for our favors. Most of the candy at all these palces is a 5lb bag, but some denser candies (like jelly beans) are 7 or 10 lbs. Each bag, however, is a similar volume, and will fill a medium sized fish bowl. That’s probably what you want for each jar.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@PoeticDoveInLA: Typically, you use apothecary jars (which have lids). I’d buy them at places like TJ Maxx. THey will be between $10 and $25 each.
Post # 13
We got ours from Candy.com (you can sort by color), and I frequented all of our local dollar stores to pick up some additional cheap candy in our colors. I got all of the containers at Goodwill for a few dollars apiece (I stuck mostly with different size cylinder vases so they would look cohesive) and I got the Chinese takeout boxes from Papermart. I agree the cost adds up fast so shop around and try to think of some cheap alternatives to brand name candies.
I think we started out estimating about .25 lb/person, but we ended up getting some larger candy that filled up the containers with fewer pieces as well.
I’m on my work comp so I don’t have any photos right now, but ours was a hit–we did not end up with much left over!
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2012 - Watch tower lodge, Black hawk state Park Rock Island, IL
we bought all of our candy from SAMS club. we got : reeses pieces, m and ms,kisses,salt water taffy, skittles, good and plenty, dum dum suckers, twizzlers, and sour patch kids…it cost about 140.00 for all the candy and i borrowed alot of the jars
Post # 15
This is the best picture I can find–we used all different size containers so we didn’t have to buy the same amounts of each kind of candy and we coul have more variety. I know we got the chocolate covered jordan almonds and other specialty candy from candy.com, but those Dum Dums came from the dollar store, and I think next to it is some Hot Tamales that also came from the dollar store.
We definitely had to shop around and get creative to save some money.