How to Make a Simple Candy Buffet for Parties
Blog - October 6, 2019

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Who doesn’t like candy and chocolate? It’s such an easy way to make someone smile, right? The holidays are coming up and I have lots of parties to attend and set up and the first thing that comes to mind is candy and chocolate.

But that’s just me…..

Recently, I had a Birthday Party for my 8-year-old.  He loves candy but we use special occasions to let him indulge.  A candy buffet seemed to be a festive and fun activity for everyone.

I love DIY candy projects and I created the easiest, most fun way to set up a candy buffet with just a few, simple ingredients and props. Here’s how to do it.

Get Candy Buffet Props

Candy Buffet Props are important because they make your candy station set up visually appealing. It’s all about how the candy station looks.  You need good party props and great candy and chocolate for candy table ideas. The kids will love making their own mix of candy and leaving with a candy loot bag. These are the items you need:

  • Party Tablecloth
  • Treat Party Cups
  • Candy melts
  • Mini Scoopers
  • Waffle Cups
  • Candy Loot Bags
  • Thank you Ties

Make a List of  Candy Supplies you Need

You don’t need to go to a candy shop and buy tons of candy.  Pick 3 or 4 of your favorite items.  You can easily go online and order from Color it Candy.  This is what we got for ours.

  • Sixlets
  • Pearls
  • Chocolate animal cookies
  • Gummy bears

Know Where to Shop

I like to shop at Walmart so I buy most of my supplies there, like the Color it Candy Sixlets and Pearls, and candy melts. I also like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby and found this tablecloth and cute party bags with “thank you” ties.

Find Colors that Pop

You can see its sort of like a carnival theme with the red and white stripes.  It’s important to find colors that pop.  This is why I used blue candy melts for the waffle cups.

Get Creative

You can pretty much do anything with candy melts when they are melted. I melted the candy melts in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between.  I then dipped the waffle cones into the candy melts on the outside of waffle and immediately put in the refrigerator.

I collected the chocolate animal crackers and dipped them into the remaining candy melt mixture.   I added red celebration pearls for more fun and put into the refrigerator to set. I didn’t know I was doing that until the moment presented itself.  This is why I say get creative.

The kids love it and it looks pretty.

Now back to the candy…..

After the waffle cones set (should just take about 10 minutes), fill up each little waffle cup with mixtures of Sixlets Pearls, gummy bears and lastly blue chocolate animal crackers (make sure they are set).

You can either use the round snack cups to prop them up and hide candy inside in case you run out or can just use the waffle cups.  I also added some fun lollipops inside.

candy buffet with a kid scooping up candy

Let the Kids do the Scooping!

The kids had a blast scooping out candy into bags. There’s something about the ritual of going from cup to cup and scooping that kids like.  It’s a sensory activity  for them. Then they can tie the thank-you tie

This was such a great project for the kids and it’s so pretty to set up.  What are your favorite candies to make a candy bar out of?

Recently, I had a Birthday Party for my 8-year-old. He loves candy but we use special occasions to let him indulge. A candy buffet seemed to be a festive and fun activity for everyone. I love DIY candy projects and I created the easiest, most fun way to set up a candy buffet with just a few, simple ingredients and props. Here's how to do it.

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