Step by Step: Build Your Own Hollywood Candy Buffet

Everybody loves candy, and having a candy buffet at your event is a great way to supplement your dessert offerings as well as give guests a fun treat to take home.  You can display your candy during dessert or set it up near the exit towards the end of your party for guests to take as they are leaving.  A candy table can also be a fantastic decor element, as you can coordinate your candy to the event’s theme and colors.

For a Hollywood theme party, offer your guests a spectacular candy display like this one by Sugarpalooza:

Vintage Hollywood Candy Buffet

The red, white, black and gold looks fabulous.

We also love this combination of black, white and gold candy featured on the Wedding Yentas:

Hollywood candy bar

You can save a lot of money if you put your bar or bat mitzvah candy buffet together yourself.  Caterers charge thousands of dollars to build a candy buffet to complement your event’s decor; however, you can create your own extravagant and beautiful candy display for much less.

Start by buying your candy online from Candy Warehouse.  They sell bulk candy directly to the consumer, saving you hundreds of dollars in candy costs.

Candy Warehouse’s site is easy to use, as they categorize candy by color, season, occasion, and holiday. You will want to order approximately 1/4 lb to 1/2 lb of candy per child, or per guest if the candy buffet will be available for the adults also. Whether to average up or down within those guidelines depends on how full you would like your display to look, and how much candy you anticipate you guests taking during and after the party.  If you are throwing a smaller party, err on the side of caution and order closer to 1/2 lb per person; you don’t want to have a skimpy candy display.  And remember, you need several pounds of each candy to adequately fill a canister or serving bowl.  For most candy items, a 5 lb bag will fill a one-gallon container.

You also want to vary the sizes, shapes and flavors of your candy; offer small candies, larger candies, some tall lollipops or rock candy sticks for a fun presentation, and some wrapped candy. Also make sure you have sweet candy, some sour choices, at least one chocolate offering and perhaps some licorice or gumballs for variety.

As you can see in the Candy Warehouse candy buffet below, you don’t need to order such large quantities for items like unicorn pops, ribbon candy and rock candy. Those types of bigger upright candies are generally used to add interest to your display and take up much more room in canisters than smaller bulk items. You can also just pop a few in the top of a container of other candies for fun.

Red Candy

The candies listed below are popular choices to buy in bulk and look great in a buffet. Pick between 6 – 12 different varieties to create your display. If you are using several colors, you will need more types of candy because you will want several candies in each color.

Here are some popular red candies:

Jordan Almonds – Red: 5LB Bag

Jordan Almonds - Red: 5LB Bag

Wrapped Hard Candy Ovals – Red: 5LB Bag

Wrapped Hard Candy Ovals - Red: 5LB Bag


Twizzlers Nibs Licorice Bits – Red: 4.5LB Case

Twizzlers Nibs Licorice Bits - Red: 4.5LB Case

Red & White Peppermint Taffy: 3LB Bag

Red & White Peppermint Taffy: 3LB Bag


M&Ms Milk Chocolate Candy – Red: 5LB Bag

M&Ms Milk Chocolate Candy - Red: 5LB Bag

Foiled Milk Chocolate Stars – Red: 5LB Bag

Foiled Milk Chocolate Stars - Red: 5LB Bag

Red Hot Cinnamon Dollars Candy: 7.5LB Bag

Red Hot Cinnamon Dollars Candy: 7.5LB Bag

Rock Candy Strings – Red: 5LB Box

Rock Candy Strings - Red: 5LB Box

Red Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls: 5LB Bag

Red Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls: 5LB Bag

Haribo Red Licorice Wheels: 5LB Bag

Haribo Red Licorice Wheels: 5LB Bag

Sugar Candy Beads – Red: 5LB Bag

Sugar Candy Beads - Red: 5LB Bag


Red Mini Swedish Fish Candy: 5LB Bag

Red Mini Swedish Fish Candy: 5LB Bag


Red Cherry Slice Wedges Candy: 5LB Bag

Red Cherry Slice Wedges Candy: 5LB Bag

Red & White Unicorn Pops: 24-Piece Display

Red & White Unicorn Pops: 24-Piece Display


Red & White Swirl 1.5-Ounce Whirly Pops: 24-Piece Display

Red & White Swirl 1.5-Ounce Whirly Pops: 24-Piece Display

Red Tiny Twist Pops: 12-Piece Box

Red Tiny Twist Pops: 12-Piece Box


Rock Candy Crystal Sticks – Red: 120-Piece Case

Rock Candy Crystal Sticks - Red: 120-Piece Case


Squiggly Pops Petite Red & White Swirled Lollipops: 48-Piece Box

Squiggly Pops Petite Red & White Swirled Lollipops: 48-Piece Box

Here are some black candy choices:


Milk Chocolate Lentils – Black & White: 5LB Bag

Milk Chocolate Lentils - Black & White: 5LB Bag


Black Cherry Gummy Bears: 5LB Bag

Black Cherry Gummy Bears: 5LB Bag


Haribo Black Licorice Wheels: 5LB Bag

Haribo Black Licorice Wheels: 5LB Bag


Black Coal Candy Chocolate Chunks: 5LB Bag

Black Coal Candy Chocolate Chunks: 5LB Bag


Chocolate Jordan Almonds – Black: 5LB Bag

Chocolate Jordan Almonds - Black: 5LB Bag


Sugar Candy Beads – Black: 5LB Bag

Sugar Candy Beads - Black: 5LB Bag


Black & White Psychedelic Swirl Lollipops 12-Piece Box

Black & White Psychedelic Swirl Lollipops 12-Piece Box


Rock Candy Crystal Sticks – Black: 120-Piece Case

Rock Candy Crystal Sticks - Black: 120-Piece Case

And here are some gold candy choices to add pizzazz:

Black and Gold Candy Buffet


Gold Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls: 5LB Bag

Gold Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls: 5LB Bag


Gold Lustrous French Almonds: 5LB Bag

Gold Lustrous French Almonds: 5LB Bag


Foiled Milk Chocolate Stars – Gold: 5LB Bag

Foiled Milk Chocolate Stars - Gold: 5LB Bag


Gold 1-Inch Gumballs: 850-Piece Case

Gold 1-Inch Gumballs: 850-Piece Case


Wrapped Hard Candy Ovals – Gold: 5LB Bag

Wrapped Hard Candy Ovals - Gold: 5LB Bag


Milk Chocolate Lentils – Gold: 5LB Bag

Milk Chocolate Lentils - Gold: 5LB Bag

And the following are some white candy options:


Sixlets Mini Milk Chocolate Balls – White: 2LB Bag

Sixlets Mini Milk Chocolate Balls - White: 2LB Bag


White Gummy Bears: 5LB Bag

White Gummy Bears: 5LB Bag


Milk Chocolate Covered Malt Balls – White: 5LB Bag

Milk Chocolate Covered Malt Balls - White: 5LB Bag


Vanilla Salt Water Taffy: 5LB Bag

Vanilla Salt Water Taffy: 5LB Bag


Wrapped Hard Candy Ovals – White: 5LB Bag

Wrapped Hard Candy Ovals - White: 5LB Bag


White Unicorn Pops: 24-Piece Display

White Unicorn Pops: 24-Piece Display


All White 3-Ounce Twister Lollipops: 12-Piece Box

All White 3-Ounce Twister Lollipops: 12-Piece Box


All White Swirl 1.5-Ounce Whirly Pops: 24-Piece Display

All White Swirl 1.5-Ounce Whirly Pops: 24-Piece Display


Old Fashioned Thin Ribbon Candy – White: 8-Piece Box

Old Fashioned Thin Ribbon Candy - White: 8-Piece Box


Chocolate Jordan Almonds – White: 5LB Bag

Chocolate Jordan Almonds - White: 5LB Bag


White 1-Inch Gumballs: 850-Piece Case

White 1-Inch Gumballs: 850-Piece Case

Candy Warehouse has a tutorial with guidelines for building a candy buffet and they give a timetable for ordering and instructions for candy storage prior to your event.

Many venues will provide containers, scoops and servers for a candy buffet, so make sure to ask.  If yours does not, you can purchase the appropriate containers and servers online.

Candy Warehouse sells jars and canisters in a variety of shapes and sizes to hold your candy, as well as scoopers, tongs, bags and cute buckets and pails.  Remember, you also want to vary the sizes, shapes and heights of your containers.

Here are some of the canisters they offer:


Round Glass Candy Canisters Set with Ball Lids: 4-Piece Case

Round Glass Candy Canisters Set with Ball Lids: 4-Piece Case


Glass Penny Candy Jars with Chrome Lids – 1/2 Gallon: 4-Piece Case

Glass Penny Candy Jars with Chrome Lids - 1/2 Gallon: 4-Piece Case


Just Desserts Pedestal Candy Jars: Set of 3

Just Desserts Pedestal Candy Jars: Set of 3


Glass Candy Jars – 1/2 Gallon: 6-Piece Case

Glass Candy Jars - 1/2 Gallon: 6-Piece Case

They also sell clear cello bags for collecting candy, as well as takeout containers, pretty printed bags, buckets and pails.

The following bags would coordinate beautifully with a Hollywood candy buffet:


Red Chevron Stripe Candy Bags: 25-Piece Pack

Red Chevron Stripe Candy Bags: 25-Piece Pack


Black Chevron Stripe Candy Bags: 25-Piece Pack

Black Chevron Stripe Candy Bags: 25-Piece Pack


Candy Bags with Handles – Gold: 12-Piece Pack

Candy Bags with Handles - Gold: 12-Piece Pack


Candy Bags with Handles – Red: 12-Piece Pack

Candy Bags with Handles - Red: 12-Piece Pack


Candy Bags with Handles – Black: 12-Piece Pack

Candy Bags with Handles - Black: 12-Piece Pack

You can also find canisters and scoopers on Amazon.

This Set of Three Apothecary Candy Jars is perfect to display goodies:

apothjars

The jars are 8.6, 12.5 and 14.25 inches tall.

If you are looking for smaller jars, here is a set of Three Mini Candy Buffet Jars:

miniclearglassjars

These jars measure 8, 9 and 10.25 inches high.

Vary the size and shape of your containers to keep your display interesting.  You can also use risers to vary the height of your display. Get one or two sets of Clear Acrylic Risers available on Amazon:

Riser set

Remember that each variety of candy needs a serving piece. If you need to buy scoopers for your treats, get this Set of 6 Clear Plastic Candy Scoopers:

Candy Scoopers

You can also find Metal Scoopers on Amazon.

Metal scoop

As well as Clear Cello Treat Bags:

Clear cello bags

Clear Take Out Favor Boxes:

Clear Takeout boxes

And Red Take Out Favor Boxes:

Red take out boxes

Make your own labels to stick on the treat bags or takeout containers with these Avery Easy Peel Print-To-The-Edge Round Labels:

Avery round labels

Avery makes labels in several different sizes and shapes; they come with a template for easy formatting and are simple to use. Put your logo, name, or date of your event on your labels and stick one on each treat bag for a special touch!

For more ideas and inspiration for Hollywood and “red carpet” themed events, check out our posts Be The Star of Your Broadway-Themed Mitzvah Party and Party Like a Hollywood Star!


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