BY GAIL OLIVER, AUTHOR OF 663 MUST-HAVE WEDDING IDEAS
Candy buffets at weddings have been extremely popular the last few years. So, I thought I would see if I could come up with some fresh ideas so your wedding can have a unique twist on this favorite trend.
If you bake, or know someone who does, offering a home-made candy bar may not only be more cost-effective, but also more personal. Candy such as truffles, fudge, toffee and bark are actually quite easy to make and will present so nicely, especially if you offer them in various assortments.
Truffles, fudge, toffee and bark all come in variety of flavors for your guests to choose from such as chocolate, white chocolate, maple, peanut butter, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch to name a few. Plus, then you can add pistachios, almonds, dried cranberries, dried cherries, walnuts – the possibilities are endless.
If your wedding is in the fall make a pumpkin fudge, for a Christmas wedding add candy cane pieces, or add bits of your favorite candy bar. Just give everyone one of those fancy Chinese food containers, that you can get at any party supply store, monogram them with your initials (just use a decorative letter stamp), and your guests can fill themselves.
Offer Candy From Different Places
If you are having a lot of out -of-town guests, why not offer candy from where they may be from. For example, Salt Water Taffy from Cape Cod, Chocolate Covered Expresso Beans from Seattle, “Texas Chewie” Pecan Pralines, Milka chocolate from Germany, Daim bars from Norway, or Turrón from Spain to name a few.
Candy Buffet Display Ideas
A lot of candy buffets use glass canisters or apothecary jars for display purposes. You could try something different and use oversized wine glasses, glass pitchers, silver urns, unusual cookie jars, vintage soup tureens, mismatched china sugar bowls, or trinket dishes.
If you are going to do the homemade candy ideas above, unique display ideas include serving on glass trays, metal chargers, ceramic pie plates, marble cheese plates, wooden bread servers, chalkboard slabs (and write the names of the candy) or the currently popular stoneware farmers baskets.
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I hope these candy buffet ideas have inspired you to add your own uniqueness to this fun trend. You’ll find more original wedding ideas in my Ebook, 663 Must-Have Wedding Ideas available here. I’ll be back next Monday with another idea for a new twist on a current popular wedding trend….until then, Gail.
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