Things You Need To Know When Creating A Candy Buffet


So, you are browsing the candy by color category at and a thought bubble  pops over your head – How much candy do I need for this event? Well, The general consensus among party planners is that you need approximately eight ounces of candy per guest. So lets do the math – if 25 party goers RSVP yes to your event,  then you will need  200 ounces of candy or 12.5 pounds – that’s 25 people, times 8 OZs of candy equals 200 OZs. Divide the 200 ounces by 16 ’cause 16 oz = 1lb and you will need to buy 12.5 lbs of candy. (I bet you did not know that math was this sweet:) Now, I know some of your guests may take more than 8 ounces, but if your friends are like mine, some will be watching their weight, so they will take less or they may leave the delicious candy treats behind – yes, I did take that into account – it all balances out.

Now, I bet your are wondering, what type of Candy should I get. Well, that’s simple, get your favorite. OK, that response may be too vague. Let’s delve a little deeper into this topic.  Here are a few things to consider: –

  • Budget – how much can you afford to spend? foil wrapped chocolate will cost more than hard candy.  Don’t forget to factor in shipping and handling into your budget. *Side note, when you  join our mailing list, you get a 10% discount coupon code.
  • Will the candy serve as the party favor as well as the desert portion of the event? yes! well add some cake pops.
  • Who will attend the event? Kids seem to prefer brightly colored candies as well as novelty candies. In addition to chocolate, Grown up seem to prefer candies we ate when we had more imagination – we go for nostalgia.

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  • Do you want to match the candy to the theme or color scheme of the event?  then try navigating Bulk Candy Store’s candy selection by colortype and shape.
Awesome Blossoms

Brightly colored floral shaped gummies

Now that you have figured out how much candy you need and what type you are going to buy, let discuss how you are going to present them to your guest. You are going to need some attractive containers – you know, something to make your party pop!

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Here are two things to consider when choosing you containers -The opening should be wide enough so that a candy scoop or tong can easily fit and It’s best to use containers with a lid for unwrapped  candies. If the candies are wrapped, then an open container will suffice.

27 Pound Gummy Bear

No need to limit yourself to glass containers, feel free to mix things up – use clay pots, paper bags, bowls and trays – think outside the glass apothecary jars.

You are almost ready to show off  your candy styling skills. But before you do so, remember to add details such as labels – after all, people like to know what they are eating.  Check out sites like for custom labels. Browse This site has several hundred labels and ideas that you can download for free. Cruise the dollar stores for ribbons and bows to embellish your containers –  if that’s your style.

Don’t forget to get some favor bags. People love to take home party loot SWAG. You can find template for favor boxes on the web. I like this pillow box template and as well as this favor box template.

Am I missing anything major? do you have any ideas that you would like to share? tell me about it in the comments section below.


2 thoughts on “Things You Need To Know When Creating A Candy Buffet

  1. Tiffany

    Thanks for the idea’s…i was thinking about having a candy buffet for my 42nd birthday…I hope i’m not to old for a candy buffet..And i also like the idea of making your own candy jars for displays..Instead of spending big bucks.


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