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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Candy Bar, Anyone?

Filed under: Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Almost everyone had a sweet tooth. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a piece of candy now and then. Candy bars or buffets at receptions are becoming commonplace. The self-serve candy buffet is the latest trend in weddings today. They can add fun and a splash of color to your wedding reception.

A candy bar can be less expensive to offer than more elaborate appetizers or expensive wedding favors. A candy buffet isn’t free. Like any other “wow” factor at a wedding, it’s part of your overall investment. Be sure to buy enough candy and plan for it in your budget.

Candy buffets work best when you plan by the eye, not the numbers. “To make it look gorgeous, I’d start with the table, not the guest count. I’d take five to 10 types of candy, and buy 15 to 20 pounds each, whether you actually need that much or not,” says Jon Prince, president of online candy giant He adds, “When it comes to candy, the more the merrier. If you have a large table overflowing with candy, you have presence. The biggest disappointment I hear is that the candy buffet didn’t look substantial.”

candybarA candy buffet is a buffet consisting of various types of candy. A candy buffet is often put out after a reception dinner, and used in lieu of wedding favors. Some brides and grooms opt to have their own personalized wedding candy bars. Some have the bride and grooms names and date of the weding imprinted on the wrapper.

When choosing candies for the candy bar buffet, one should consider the wedding theme, colors, and one’s favorite candies. The most popular candy for a candy table is jelly beans, chocolate malt balls, pop-rocks, candy canes, foil-wrapped chocolates, wrapped chocolate caramels, lollipops, licorice, candy apples, peanut brittle, homemade caramels, salted nut rolls, other homemade candies, and M&M’s. Have a variety of sugar free hard candies available too. Labels are particularly important when items may be sugar-free or will contain nuts, as these can be critical considerations for guests’ diets.

Some will have cookies available on the table. 7 to 10 varieties of candies, with 15 to 20 pounds of each variety would be substantial to make the buffet look good and lavish. Make sure presentation is top notch with large glass bowls and vases. Presentation is the key to adding a decorative element to your candy bar. Clear containers are the best to show off your candy displays. Apothecary jars always look nice. Fill larger containers with the less expensive candies, smaller containers for the more expensive containers. Silver scoops will add a very elegant yet festive look to the candy bar.

While the treats themselves may be beautiful, don’t neglect table decorations. Colored linens, centerpieces, and scattered embellishments can turn an ordinary serving table into an elegant decoration.

Buying your candies from a bulk candy store will help cut down on the cost. There are plenty of online candy stores that sell at wholesale pricing. Also keep an eye out for sales during holiday seasons such as Halloween, Easter, or Christmas if your wedding is close to one of these holidays. Utilize post-holiday candy discounts to save big on the candy purchase.

Unattended children seem to run a muck at the candy buffet. Be sure to appoint someone to manage the bar, either your planner, hotel staff, or a family member can keep the bar neat and stocked with candy or at least be there to offer assistance. Another idea is to make the candy buffet available toward the end of the evening and have the disc jockey or MC invite guests to fill candy bags to take home.

Some couples like to put a sign on the candy buffet table. Often these signs draw a connection between the candy and the wedding. Here is the text to some of these signs:

• Love is Sweet!
• Sweet Dreams
• How ‘Sweet’ It Is To Be Loved By You!
• Sweet Emotion
• Sweets for my sweet. Honey for my sugar.
• It’s been a ‘treat’ having you here!

A candy buffet is an all-time crowd-pleaser. Think about how your guests will take the candy away from the buffet. Some brides have suggested using small cellophane bags, or classic white bags, or even take out containers matching the color theme of the wedding. Whatever type of container you use, make it fun and personalize with stamps, stickers or decals with thank-you messages on paper or plastic bags.

There are several other alternatives that can get the guests excited, like a cookie buffet, a flavored popcorn buffet or a variety of nuts (yummy – colorful sugar coated almonds). Both have been very well received by wedding guests.

A fancy donut bar with coffee also can work well. Gourmet or designer donuts are a hot trend in wedding desserts right now. . . so hot that some couples are opting for these heavenly deep-fried confections instead of the traditional wedding cake by having a donut cake tower; how fun is that?

Read: “M&M® Candies as Wedding Favors

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  1. Wow. Brilliant idea. Candy bars are good to put in a children’s party or any occasions. Thank you for posting this. I am planning to put up a candy bar at my party too. You just need transparent jars and different candies with different color, shapes and design.


    Comment by sweets in bulk — Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 5:18 am | Reply

  2. That is one of the most interesting things I’ve heard lately. I was unaware of the candy bars or buffets. That is something I don’t think people are very aware of, but that will definitely add that “unique” vibe to a wedding. I know of a few companies that offer exquisite catering / cake services in the Phoenix area, however, I’m unsure if they provide a candy bar as such. You can check them out at His and Her Phoenix Wedding, a Phoenix Online Wedding Directory.

    Keep up the great blog posts!!!


    Comment by Jessica — Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 10:37 am | Reply

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