How to plan the perfect candy buffet

At the end of a wonderful evening spent celebrating with family and friends, you want your guest feeling like you’ve saved the best for last. Forget traditional desserts, there are so many new and exciting ways to delight your guests’ senses and palettes. Instead of the overused chocolate soufflé and apple tart, try something new and exciting. Just Google “Dessert buffet” and you will see a myriad of amazing displays. Do you like ice cream? Don’t just serve 1 or 2 flavors; create an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Or is popcorn your thing? Instead of presenting only 1 kind, offer a variety of types and treat your guests to a fabulous popcorn bar. Or if you prefer to go the healthy route, turn a fruit plate into an exciting display of exotic fruits and shakes. The possibilities are endless and they give your guest a chance to choose
their own desserts in a fun filled way.

But if you really want to make a splash how about a candy buffet. Not only is the candy delicious, but the color and presentation will enhance the overall décor of your simcha. Candy buffets give a unique edge to any occasion. And you can have a candy bar anywhere- a birthday party, wedding, conference, bar and bat mitzvah and even a family reunion. Make guests of any age feel like a kid in a candy store!

Choose a color scheme

Use coordinating candies as well as a variety of decorative elements to enhance your decor. There is really no limit when it comes to designing a creative buffet. For a kid-focused event, choose the rainbow color scheme, using some single-color candies as well as a variety of candies that are mixed colors. At baby events like a bris or simchat bat, focus on all pink or all blue displays. For a more sophisticated look, choose black & white, gold & white, silver & navy blue…

Volume

Are you serving other desserts as well, or just candy? If the candy will be a major part of your dessert buffet, provide enough for guests to enjoy at your event as well as take some home with them. A general rule of thumb is about ½ lb per guest (or ¼ kilo).

The Look

Is your overall décor elegant or whimsical? If elegant is what you are after, then glassware is the way to go. And if more playful and whimsical is what you’re looking for consider using bins and other fun containers.

Who are your guests?

If your guests are mostly children, you’ll need a nice variety of fun candies. The most popular are gummies in all flavors and shapes. For adults, include more sophisticated options as well, like chocolate and nuts. But just remember, grown-ups love candy too! The most important thing to remember is to have fun!!!