A DIY Candy Bar

March 8, 2019

A DIY candy bar is just the thing to add fun and excitement to your next appreciation event.

 

Thoughtful planning and close attention to small details can make a big impression that lasts. Our planners have the expertise and will help plan a candy buffet that is not only an impressive focal point, but an attraction that leaves a lasting impression.

 

Who doesn't love a candy bar? Fun to indulge in immediately or bring some home to share. The to go aspect allows guests to enjoy the event as it happens and revisit that good feeling when they enjoy their candy later.

 

 

To plan a successful Candy Bar here are a few things to consider;

 

First is the location of the candy buffet. Choose a location that is easily accessible yet out of the way. Leave enough space around the table to allow for a good traffic flow.

The shape of the table is another consideration. A round table encourages guests to choose candy from all sides, while a rectangular table works well if you want to push the candy buffet against a wall, or just have enough room for an attendant.

 

Next is size. We need to consider size of the containers for the tables and the size of the to go containers. To go containers are an opportunity to brand, and or compliment the décor and theme of the event. Provide color coordinated cellophane bags or small decorative boxes as containers. Don’t make them too large, or you’ll go through your candy supply quickly. The size of your take-home containers may influence the amount of candy you’ll need. Expect guests to fill the containers to the top. Stock extra candy for the buffet if you plan to provide large take-home containers.

 

 

Another consideration is the size of your serving containers on your display. If you have a huge apothecary jar and you’re filling it with M&Ms, you’ll need a lot to make the jar look full and pretty. For this reason, smaller containers that an attendant then refills throughout the event often work better. You can also use a space filler that is not candy to take up space in the jar. This allows for an impressive statement piece.

Starting with a theme helps you pull together all of the elements you’ll need. Choose a general theme based on the Holidays, or your brands brand’s color. Need inspiration for a theme? Here are a few candy bar theme ideas to get you started:

 

  • Vintage

  • Carnival

  • Candyland

  • At the Movies

  • Old-fashioned candy

  • Holiday/seasonal

  • All Blue

 

When choosing your candy consider 2 things, color and variety. Candy comes in almost any color, so it’s easy to customize your buffet to fit a color scheme. You can also take into consideration the color of the wrapper. If your event colors are blue, consider Almond Joys and Nestle Crunch for their blue wrappers.

 

Variety is a must. Aim for 7 to 10 different types of candy. Include different flavors, textures, sizes and types of candies. Not only does the variety keep your guest happy, it also creates a coordinated yet contrasting look to make your candy buffet interesting.

Now that you have some basic ground rules in mind, start choosing your candy. Here are some ideas.

  • Lollipops

  • Rock candy

  • Candy sticks

  • Gummy candies

  • Peppermint sticks or disks

  • Buttercream mints

  • Gumballs

  • Candy-coated chocolates

  • Chocolate-covered nuts

  • Chocolate-covered raisins

  • Licorice sticks

  • Taffy

  • Candy-filled straws

  • Caramels

  • Malted milk balls

  • Sour candies

  • Molded chocolates

  • Hard fruit-flavored candies

  • Nostalgic candies from your childhood

  • Chocolate-dipped marshmallows

  • Chocolate-covered pretzels

  • Jelly beans

Stretch the DIY candy bar and include other goodies. Nuts, cookies, chocolate-dipped fruit, mini cupcakes, cake balls and other small snacks work well to round out the candy offerings on the table.

 

Another opportunity to customize your event is with signs and labels. Some candies are easy to identify. Others are not. To clear up any confusion, we will display signs near each bowl of candy. We can compliment the theme with colors, graphics and font style.

Call us today and together we can start planning the details of your DIY candy bar for your next event.

 

 

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