I decided that I wanted my candy buffet to match our color scheme, but was having trouble finding turquoise candy that wasn’t crazy expensive. The only things I found were jelly beans ($60+ for a 5lb bag) and custom colored M&Ms ($57 for a 5lb bag). I found a few reasonable items like rock candy and stuff, but I also worried about the color being too ‘blue’ and not so much ‘turquoise’ so I decided to go yellow! So sunny and cheerful.
So our candy buffet is going to be made up of all yellow candies. But then I got to thinking… I need to make sure that everything isn’t lemon flavored- haha! So I tried to do make sure to get different stuff. Yellow candy comes in a variety of flavors actually… lemon, pineapple, banana, vanilla, caramel, etc. So I tried to get as many different types as possible. Here’s some options I found on CandyWarehouse.com
My shopping cart at CandyWarehouse
So it’s going to be all yellow candy and then put turquoise ribbon around the jars with labels in my stardreamy paper that identify each candy. Purty, no? I’m loving it. Fer reals. Most of these candies were around $20 or less for the quantities shown. I sent out a tweet to ask for advice on how much candy to purchase. I got some astounding numbers back. Like 8-10 varieties of candy with 15-20 lbs of each. I am NOT going to follow these rules. If I did, it would be like $1,000. And I don’t have $1,000. I’ll let you know my final totals, of course, when my purchases are made. Jessica Lynn did a great post on how she did her candy buffet, and then this Real Simple article is what gave the large numbers.
Just to forewarn those of you who are thinking about doing a candy buffet- it is expensive! Or it can be if you’re not careful. Especially if you use the ‘rules’ that have been set by some people. For one thing, when you’re ordering multiple types of candy in 5lb increments- that shipping adds up, people! If I ordered all the things pictured above, the shipping alone was going to be over $50.
A tip for you- I went to Amazon.com and found some great deals on some candy that even included FREE shipping. I’m an Amazon Prime member because I order ALOT of stuff on Amazon, so not only was it free shipping, but free 2 DAY shipping! Definitely something to keep in mind for those of you trying to save some cash. I got a deal on some gummy bears, buy one get one free, so I got 10 lbs of pineapple, 10 lbs of banana, and 10 lbs of lemon! SCORE! Those and a 5lb bag of grapefruit slices for around $65 total with free shipping. They don’t call me budget savvy for nothin’!
Any other tips anyone has to share when setting up a candy buffet?
Some good resources for candy:
lots of items eligible for free shipping
$5 shipping on orders over $75
you can view candy by color! best feature ever