Candy Buffet Help
We've done the research for you and have all the
answers you need on planning and set up of your next candy buffet.
all of your questions including:
How much candy do I need?
How many jars or containers do I need?
What types of jars to use?
Where can I find candy jars?
How do I choose the candy?
What type of candy bags to use?
What scoops are best?
How Much Candy Do I Need?
There are three ways to determine how much candy you will need on your
candy buffet. The most important rule in making your candy buffet
look amazing is having enough candy to fill the jars and fill up the
table. You can also fill in with some salty items such as
jars or bowls filled with pretzels, chips or nuts.
Determine how much candy in weight you want each guest to take home and
then multiply that weight by the number of guests that will be at the
party. The problem with this is that candy weighs different
amounts - a scoop of candy coated sunflower seeds will weigh much more
then a scoop of malted milk balls. The other problem is that the
guests at the back of the line will have a limited choice when it is
there turn if you only buy enough for each guest to have a certain
By candy serving size
Determine how many guests will be at the party and use serving (or
scoop) sizes to calculate how much you will need for each guest to have
one serving of each type of candy... or at least most of the types of
candy. This is how we set up our candy buffets because we
want the guests at the back of the line to have as much choice as those
at the front of the line. Yes, you will have extra candy left
over, but the cost is not as much as you might think. You can
limit the serving size of each type of candy by the scoop size and style
you choose. Using small scoops, tongs or spoons can limit serving
size. You will also need to find candy bags (or containers) that
will hold one scoop of each of your candies ... or you can limit the
amount of candy each guest can take home by providing small containers.
By how much the guests
candy bags will hold
Buy the candy bags first and
determine how many scoops each bag will hold. Multiply that
by the number of guests and you will know how many servings you need.
A smaller bag will limit the amount of candy each guest can take home.
Tip: When we plan for a candy buffet we get small
bags of the types of candies we want (or close weight / volume
substitutes) and count out the scoops we get from each small bag.
Then we use that number and multiply to determine how many scoops are in
a 5 lb. bag of M&M's for example. Use the scoops, spoons or tongs
you will be using in the containers. Most bulk candy comes in 5 or
10 pound amounts.
How Many Candy Jars or Containers do I
To make the candy buffet look impressive you need at least 7 jars or
containers. To fill in you can use bowls full of pretzels,
cookies, cupcakes, nuts or chips. Elaborate candy buffets
use around 20 jars and containers. You don't have to have a
separate type of candy in each jar, you can fill two jars with the same
candy if you place them on opposite sides of the table.
What Types of Jars Do I Need?
The pretty curved candy containers with lids look great, but in addition
to them look for styles and sizes that will complement each other.
You want to have a variety of shapes and sizes ... and look for jars
that are on pedestals to create height. You can vary the height of
the jars even more by placing books underneath the tablecloth that some
of the jars will sit on that will create height and dimension to your
Other containers can be used to hold candy such
as plastic pails for a luau or nautical theme party, large seashells,
toy dump trucks for a boys party and large teacups for a girls party.
Use your imagination and incorporate items from your party theme into
Tip: Make sure that the openings of your
containers are at least 4" wide. There are some beautiful
containers out there ... but if a scoop or spoon wont fit through the
opening then they are useless.
Where Can I Find Candy Jars?
Start looking as soon as you can for great deals on large candy jars for
your candy buffet. Some great places to try are discount stores
such as Ross, Marshall's and TJ Maxx. Look for large glass
containers with and without lids. We found some great deals on our
containers ranging from $3.99 - $9.99 for some really nice size jars.
Look for vases with interesting shapes, large glasses on pedestals and
hurricane candle holders. We have even found great deals at thrift
and Goodwill stores - .50 - $1.00 each!
A good idea is to also ask friends, family and
neighbors if they have any containers you could use for the buffet.
Then return it to them filled with candy! :)
How do I choose candy for the candy buffet?
Choosing candy for a candy buffet can be fun -
and a little overwhelming. There are so many types, shapes
and colors of candy available today that the combinations you can choose
The first place to start is with your party's
Choose at least 3 colors from your party's theme and then shop for
candies that are in those colors. Try to evenly distribute the
colors by having at least 3 different types of candy in each of the 3
Choose your candy based on your party theme. If you are having a
beach theme you could choose pixi sticks (sand), rock candy sticks, flip
flop gummies ... etc.
Candy Bag Ideas
Almost any container can be used
for a candy bag at your Candy Buffet. A popular choice are
draw string bags - there are many different sizes, colors and fabrics to
choose from for your party.
Plastic cups that go with the party theme are
also a good choice. Line each cup with a plastic liner and tie
with a twist tie when they are done going through the buffet line.
Use a container that matches the theme of your
party such as a small pail for a beach, luau, Hawaiian or summer
What kids of Scoops are best?
A scoop is good for a large mouth container. For smaller
containers use an ice cream scoop or ladle. Tongs work well
for sticky candy such as twizzlers and gummy worms.
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