I'm doing research on building my candy buffet and came across these useful info. Hope this helps all candy buffet brides!
And if you come across any important candy buffet info, please post here and share w/ your fellow brides =)
I'm having a fabulous candy buffet at my wedding.
How far in advance should I purchase my candy?
A: We recommend purchasing at least one month in advance of the day that you will need your candy. All of our products have a shelf life of at least 6 months. Your candy will remain fresh if you keep it sealed and stored at room temperature prior to the event. The one month period allows for UPS or FedEx mistakes such as losing your package in transit. It also allows you time to order more candy if your initial quantity estimates are off. (Or if you binge on the candy yourself before the big day!)
***LINK TO EACH CANDY AND THEIR SHELF LIFE: http://www.scoops-scoops.com/candy_life.html
A: Candy piece size varies greatly, but generally speaking, 10 pounds of unwrapped candy is about the size of a shoe box.
How much candy should I purchase? A: I wish there was a hard fast rule to this question. Some say 1/4 LB per guest, others say 1/2 LB per guest. But it's all about the way your candy looks. Plan by how you want the display to look, not how many guests are coming. Having enough candy is crucial in making your candy buffet look good.
Here is a tip a bride told us: "Take your candy buffet bags/containers that the guests will be taking home with them to your local grocery store and fill them the types of candy you will have for your event. Then weigh them. Multiply by how many guests, then you will get an idea of the pounds."
Q: What kind of containers should I use? Where can I find them? A: You can purchase new candy jars and containers or if you have time, (many months before your wedding) you can be "on the lookout" for your candy jars or containers. You will find them in the strangest places. Dollar stores, thrift stores, garage sales, friends and family will let you "borrow" them. TJ Maxx, Wal-Mart, Marshalls, Old Time Pottery, Home Depot.
Q: Will the scoops scoop the candy I get? A: We get this question all the time. The scoops will scoop most any type of candy. You need to be more concerned about "will the scoops fit" through the container opening? Scoops will scoop, gummy or sticky candy will not scoop as well.
Q: Do I need a scoop for every container? A: Rule of thumb: If the candy is wrapped, then no scoop needed. Anything you DO NOT want hands or fingers to touch, use a scoop or tongs.
Q: How can I cut costs on candy? A: Shop for candy after a holiday! Some candy will last a long time. Depending on your colors or theme, after holiday sales will save on candy costs. Don't forget Sam's Clubs, Cost Co, Smart & Final or bulk candy stores on-line like Candy Warehouse or Candy Crate
A: We do everything possible to safeguard against melting. CandyWarehouse.com provides free thermal wrapping and gel ice packs, which turn your box into a little ice cooler! Unfortunately, these materials won't protect against the heat for longer than two or three days, so you will need to select shipping that takes three days or less ("3 to 4 Business Days" or "2 Business Days"). Also, we will only ship out melt-able orders on Monday through Wednesday (otherwise, your candy will just sit in a hot UPS or FEDEX hub over the weekend, thus defeating the purpose of you paying extra for shipping).
My candy buffet looks so drab. Help! A: Spice up the table - tablecloths, table runners, flowers, pictures. These things can be added to make your candy buffet table look FABULOUS. Color makes a difference - coordinated colors look more elegant than random selections. Add extras to the table: Fountain, fortune cookies, cookies, brownies, bowls of fruit for the healthy option, napkins, take home bags/containers.
Tip: If you don't want your candy buffet table to look empty, you can put the same amount of candy in smaller containers rather than 2 or 3 large containers - more smaller containers LOOKS like more! Containers on different levels using books under a tablecloth to create risers - very pleasing to the eye
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