Thereís nothing we want more than for you to have a super fabulous and absolutely spectacular candy buffet! That said, we want to give you a head start by listing some of the common mistakes we have seen people make when building their buffet. Nobody wants to spend a lot of time and money on a candy buffet only to have it blemished by a completely avoidable mistake. Hopefully the tips below will help you avoid just that!
Candy comes in every color, and multiple shades of every color, but please don't become one of those people obsessed that their powder blue gumballs have to be the same exact shade of blue as a Tiffany box. Or that one customer who insists that all the white candy is as white as freshly fallen snow in February. Temper your expectations and be reasonable, you should be able to find a large variety of candy within your theme's colors - just don't go overboard expecting all your candy to come in 1 or 2 narrow shades.
Most people who put together candy buffets display candy in beautiful glass candy jars. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, however be careful with what types of scoops you use because metal scoops increase the chances your guests could accidentally chip, crack or totally break your glass jars.
The joy of having a candy buffet is to give your attendees special sweets they donít see every day. Of course itís okay to provide staples such as M&Mís, Hersheyís Kisses, mints, etc, however, itís even more fun if you include unique candy not so easily found at your local grocery store or big box retailer.
Donít you think your guests will love Root Beer Float or Pina Colada flavored Lollipops? Maybe some Strawberries and Cream or Cinnamon Roll Salt Water Taffy will tickle their fancy? How about some Ginger Ale, Strawberry Cheesecake or Toasted Marshmallow Jelly Belly beans? It's a candy buffet - give them a buffet full of different and unique flavors!
Do you have the right utensils? Candy scoops are perfect for small loose candy like M&Mís, Skittles, Sixlets, Jelly Beans, Reeseís Pieces, etc. However, scoops donít work as well for gummy or odd shaped candy such as Sour Belts, Gummy Rings, Gummy Worms, etc. These types of candy are much easier to grab with a set of tongs.
Is your event outside during the summer months in a hot location? This might not be a good combination for a candy buffet that features lots of chocolates, caramels, taffy and other heat sensitive candy. Can you imagine a bunch of Hersheyís Kisses sitting in a glass bowl in the hot sun for a couple of hours? Most likely that's not going to end well.
If your setting is outdoors in the sun, we recommend being very selective about the candy you choose. There are lots options that will just do fine in the sun including Mints, Rock Candy, Gumballs, Candy Pearls, Hard Foil Candy, Jordan Almonds, etc.
Always consider functionality. As beautiful and elegant as some apothecary jars may be, please consider the types of candy you plan to use with each one and how easy or difficult it would be for your guests to get to it. Many of these jars are very narrow in certain areas and it would nearly impossible to fit a candy scoop, tongs or hand in them to retrieve the candy.
Be mindful of the size of your scoops because you donít want the first few guests wiping out an entire candy jar because you provided a large scoop that encouraged them to take way too much.