How much candy do I need?
It depends. If you are buying based on the number of guests then the following guidelines help: For large events, 15 to 20 lbs of each type of candy is recommended. For smaller gatherings, 6 to 10 lbs of each type should suffice.
Alternately, you could supply an amount of candy based on the size, shape and area your candy buffet will fill. This will help keep you on budget. It's more the mind-frame of "first come, first served" and "when it's gone, it's gone". Since not everyone will take candy and others will over-take their alloted amount, it usually works out fine.
Now that you have an decided how much candy you need...
What kinds of candy is available?
First of all, stick with buying bulk candies as much as possible as they are cheaper by the pound that individually wrapped candies. Color coordinated candy for your special event at CandyDirect.com or looking for Bulk Candy? Buy them from Candy.com! Both online stores are great places to start. Don't discount using local bulk candy stores or big box discount stores as this will save on shipping costs.
Some types of candy that work great for candy buffets, tables and stations include:
- Licorice whips
- Rock Candy
- Bubble Gum
- Chocolate Covered Peanuts
- Lemon drops
- Red Hots
- Candy Corn
- Jaw Breakers
- Conversation Hearts
- Sweet Tarts
- Jelly Beans
Odds and Ends for Candy Buffets
There are still a few decisions you need to make when planning a candy buffet. For instance:
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- Decorating Basics like varying heights, layers and textures to create a visually pleasing arrangement that adds to your decor
- Decor -- themed or just to add to the ambiance
- Serving utensils
- To go containers for guests
- Labeling candies