Spice Things Up With a Holiday Beverage Buffet!

BLOG beverage buffetYou enjoy candy bars. You appreciate drink bars. But have you ever witnessed a mash-up of the two in the most fantastical of holiday-themed displays? This season, we’d like to introduce to you the party idea to end all parties (or, you know, start them) — the Beverage Buffet Station! From martinis to margaritas, hot chocolate to champagne, read on for recipes to help you create scrumptious candy-bedecked cocktails (and nonalcoholic versions, as well)! Plus, check out our photo gallery for more images.

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Peppermint Coffee and Cream (or Hot Chocolate!)

Warm up those winter months with a delicious hot chocolate or spiked warm beverage (remember to pick liqueurs that pair nicely with the taste of peppermint for this one)! First, pour a pile of crushed peppermint pieces into a bowl or plate large enough to fit the rim of your glass. Dip the top of your glass into water or a bit of simple syrup (for a stickier alternative), then submerge the top into the crushed peppermint. Now you’ve got a mint-tastic rim! Pour the beverages of your choice into the cup (we like to use hot chocolate. For an alcoholic version, try adding a dash of Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlúa, or Peppermint Schnapps!). Finally, top it all off with a peppermint stick for mixing and a candy garnish curl for the finishing touch!

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Pour colorful candy sprinkles into a glass bowl or pile them onto a plate large enough to account for the size of the glass’s rim. Dip the top of your glass into water or a bit of simple syrup (for a stickier alternative), then gently twirl the rim through the pile of sprinkles (we like festive reds and greens!) until it is evenly coated in colorful sugars. Next, pour a hearty serving of the fruity drink of your choice, whether it be a mixed margarita or more kiddie-friendly punch. To complete the ensemble, make a small slice in a Fruit Candy Jell of your choice, then fit it nicely onto the glass’s rim. Add a colorful Rock Candy Swizzle Stick for an extra delicious presentation!

The Candied Martini

If you like the taste of sugar (and let’s be real, who doesn’t?) why not nix the olive juice and accentuate your martini with something sweet instead! Real olives look nice, but they’re not going to provide the flavor we want. Get adventurous with these Pimento Olive Chocolate Covered Almonds. They look the part, but don’t fall for their facade — one bite will prove that these guys are actually rich almonds covered in sweet white chocolate! For an extra touch of class, be sure to finish off the masterpiece with a colorful garnish… a Fruit Candy Jell Slice!

Crystal Champagne (and Cider!)

Here’s a super sweet and simple way to add extra sophistication to an elegant drink! Drop a couple of these sugar-free Diamond Candy Gems into a champagne glass, and then pour in the bubbly of your choice! (Apple cider works for a fun, alcohol-free take on this sweet presentation.) Cheers!

Candy Shots

For the simplest way to get festive with your drinks, try a couple of these Peppermint Shot Glasses on for size! Pour any liquor of your choice into one of these delights… drink it fast, and chase the shot with a bite of your glass! It’s made entirely of sweet peppermint hard candy, after all.

Remember, nothing says “Happy holidays” like a good beverage and sweet, sweet candy, so get creative! For inspiration, here are the products we used in designing our own drink station. Enjoy!

Candy Fruit Jell Slices – Lime: 5LB Box

Candy Fruit Jell Slices – Peach: 5LB Box

Candy Fruit Jell Slices – Lemon Lime: 5LB Box

Peppermint Bark Shortbread Candy: 5LB Bag

Old Fashioned Hard Candy Sticks – Peppermint: 80-Piece Box

Peppermint Candy Garnish Curls: 6-Piece Set

Christmas Assortment Rock Candy Sticks: 36-Piece Tub

Peppermint Candy Shot Glasses: 12-Piece Display

Diamond Candy Gems – Green: 40-Piece Package

Pimento Olives Chocolate Covered Almonds Candy: 5LB Bag

Red and Green Haribo Gummi Bears Candy: 5LB Bag

Crushed Candy Canes Peppermint Chips: 5.8-Ounce Shaker

Holiday Nonpareils: 3-Ounce Bottle

Snowflake Sprinkle Mix: 2.5-Ounce Bottle

Candy Cane Sprinkles: 3.7-Ounce Bottle

Red Colored Sugar: 3.25-Ounce Bottle

Crushed Peppermint Candy Bits: 5LB Bag

Dark Green Colored Sugar: 3.25-Ounce Bottle

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Celebrate Your Sweetest New Year Yet!

NYE blogDid you know that up until 1751, Colonial America was still observing the new year on March 25th? Intriguing as that is, we still prefer to celebrate it in January: There’s something so quintessentially winter-esque about the New Year, right down to the sparkly decorations we like to use, reminiscent of clear winter nights and fresh snow! This year, accessorize the holiday right with a dessert buffet full of glitter, champagne, and (of course) candy! Read below to see how we fashioned ours and learn how to create your very own!

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Start off by classing up your display with shiny adornments — these Glitter Sequin Ball Sprays in Gold, Black, and Champagne turn any celebration into an elegant affair. And this New Year’s Ball Piñata will fill the vertical space above a buffet table with shimmery grace! Spruce up the surroundings with a bit of fluff in the form of paper pom poms! Unfurl a few White and Black Poms and hang them from the ceilings to create a dashing and original design.

It’s always best to usher in the New Year with fancy sweets! These White and Dark Chocolate Tuxedo Cups make the perfect vessel for holding a dollop of mousse or whipped cream. And Champagne Bubbles Candy is a perfectly sophisticated, non-alcoholic delicacy certain to set the mood for celebration! Feel free to throw in some Black & White Gummy Penguins for a touch of whimsy.

Why not make your fête into a masquerade? Use these Candy Mask Lollipops as an elegant and tasty way to spruce up a buffet table (or hold them to mask your eyes like a sweet version of the real thing!). Include some shimmery candies to round out the display in festive colors. We really like these Silver Metallic Foiled Hard Candies, Pearlescent White Gumballs, and Gold Foiled Almonds.

Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks make fantastic additions to any drink that could use a spot of sweetness. Swirl them into a coffee to help you stay up and celebrate, or use them to mix up a champagne cocktail!

Remember, ‘tis the season to get a little buzz going with these Anthon Berg Chocolate Liquor Bottles. Way tastier than shots, they also look fantastic as table décor! And we hear champagne pairs quite well with chocolate, so when it’s time to break open the bubbly, go ahead and unwrap a life-size chocolate version of the bottle as well!

Allow your guests to sample and take home gift packs in class Black Polka Dot Candy Bags. Check out our New Year’s Eve Candy Buffet Photos for more images of our snazzy table arrangement!

See the full list of items we used below. And explore the rest of our New Year’s Eve Selection here!

Happy New Year Ball Piñata

Black Tissue Paper Pom Pom – 14 Inch

White Tissue Paper Pom Pom – 14 Inch

Chipurnoi Glitterati Mentissimo Candy: 1600-Piece Bag

Happy New Year Wrapped Buttermint Creams: 1000-Piece Case

Glitter Sequin Ball Spray – Black: 22 Inch

Glitter Sequin Ball Spray – Champagne: 22 Inch

Glitter Sequin Ball Spray – Gold: 22 Inch

Masquerade Mask Lollipops: 12-Piece Bag

White and Dark Chocolate Tuxedo Cups: 6-Piece Box

Black & White Peppermint Hard Candy Sticks: 100-Piece Box

Black & White Gummy Penguins: 2LB Bag

Foiled Chocolate Champagne Bottle Gift Box

Rock Candy Crystal Sticks – Black: 120-Piece Case

Anthon Berg Chocolate Liquor Bottles: 64-Piece Box

Metallic Foiled Hard Candy – Gold: 5LB Bag

Metallic Foiled Hard Candy – Silver: 5LB Bag

Champagne Bubbles Candy: 10LB Case

Pearlescent White 1-Inch Gumballs: 850-Piece Case

Rolo Candy: 19.75-Ounce Bag

Gold Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls: 5LB Bag

Gold Foil Wrapped Jordan Almonds Candy: 9-Ounce Bag

Black Polka Dot Candy Bags: 25-Piece Pack

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Sweet Christmas Candy Magic!

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Wintertime: Whether or not the snow is falling, decorations are still starting to appear. Every house on the block seems to have already adorned their lawns and hallways with yet another Santa statue, reindeer light piece, or nativity scene, but why join the masses? This year, make your table displays stand out with sweet candy accoutrements instead! We designed this stylish seasonal candy buffet to kick off the holidays right. Read below to learn how to build one of your very own!

We like to begin by setting the stage with festive items. These Red Candy Dangle Ornaments in swirl, peppermint, and multilevel designs will fill out the vertical space above a buffet with splendor! And why rely upon average old candy bowls when you can use seasonal Snowman Candy Jars (in small and large) instead? Try tucking a few red and green Glitter Sequin Ball Sprays into a vase or laying them across the table to add some sparkly flair to any display.

Of course candy canes are a holiday staple! We really love this ornate gift box, since these handcrafted canes make a great present for loved ones (or yourself!). For the more adventurous candy cane lovers, check out these red and white striped Mini Licorice Sticks… they may look like the real thing, but unlike the original, these guys are chewy and strawberry-flavored! We also adore these Christmas Light Bulb Lollipops, which not only look like adorable, edible versions of your favorite tree decorations — they also glow like them, too!

What is the essence of a true Christmas display? Why red, green, and white candies of course! Tri-colored treats will round out the rest of the buffet nicely, so remember to include some Christmas Chocolate Nonpareils and Metallic Foiled Hard Candies in red and green. Fruity Hard Candy Spheres make for striped Christmas perfection, and a bowl full of Hershey’s Kisses in the hues of the season is a Santa-approved favorite for the holiday! (Speaking of which, always remember to throw in a few Foiled Chocolate Pops and Mini Crisp Kringles in the spitting image of the jolly man himself!)

See our entire list of items below. And for more ideas, check out the rest of our Christmas Selection! Best of luck with your decorations, and have a holly, jolly Christmas!

Foiled Milk Chocolate Santa Pops: 18-Piece Box

Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane Chocolates Filled Tubular Candy Cane

Red & White Thin Peppermint Ribbon Candy: 4-Ounce Box

Red and Green Haribo Gummi Bears Candy: 5LB Bag

Spearmint Jelly Leaves Candy: 5LB Bag

Christmas Red & Green Chocolate Nonpareils: 5LB Bag

Mini Candy Cane Licorice Sticks: 2KG Bag

Foiled Mini Chocolate Santas Candy: 4LB Bag

Foiled Mini Chocolate Crisp Kringles Candy: 4LB Bag

Metallic Foiled Hard Candy – Red: 5LB Bag

Metallic Foiled Hard Candy – Green: 5LB Bag

Christmas Light Bulb Lollipops: 12-Piece Display

Jordan Almonds – Vibrant Green: 5LB Bag

M&M’s Minis Candy Filled Christmas Figurines: 12-Piece Display

Old Fashioned Hard Candy Sticks – Peppermint: 80-Piece Box

Christmas Mini Hard Candy Balls: 5LB Bag

Smiling Santas Milk Chocolate Candy Mix: 6LB Bag

Christmas Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate Candy: 200-Piece Bag

Christmas Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls: 5LB Bag

Christmas Taffy Candy Assortment: 3LB Bag

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Santa Claus Giant PEZ Candy Dispenser

Red Peppermint Swirl Candy Ornament: 37 Inch

Red Candy Dangle Ornament – 20 Inch

Red Peppermint Candy Ornament: 37 Inch

Glitter Sequin Ball Spray – Lime Green: 22 Inch

Glitter Sequin Ball Spray – Red: 22 Inch

Red Polka Dot Candy Bags: 25-Piece Pack

Red Plastic 4-Ounce Candy Scoop

Large Snowman Candy Jar

Small Snowman Candy Jar

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Equip Yourself for the Hunger Games!

hunger_gamesThe Quarter Quell is about to begin. Are you ready?

We’re so pumped for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, that we’ve been popping these Atomic Fireballs like there’s no tomorrow… and now our mouths are on fire (but it was totally worth it!). To celebrate, our Candy Elves have even been staging their own (non-lethal) adaptation of the Hunger Games. The best part about their version? It doesn’t leave you hungry at the end!chocolate-covered-insects-packs-125461-im2

To secure victory, you must ensure that you will be the last person standing. So take aim with a Marshmallow Stryker to strike fear (and marshmallows!) into the hearts and mouths of your opponents. And when you’re not battling for your life, you’ll probably want to be in hiding. We hear you can’t always trust the berries, so if the urge to snack sneaks up on you, opt instead for the wildlife! Bugs, to be exact. We’ve dunked ours in chocolate to make a crunchy snack all the more satisfying!

No matter how you should choose to celebrate the new movie, remember to always keep some sweet sustenance on hand. And, of course, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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Sweet Stocking Stuffers and Gift Ideas!

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Since when did the holiday season become synonymous with long lines, frenzied 4am door rushes, and overfilled parking lots? That’s not the winter spirit we like to envision! So this season, beat the mad mall dash and score awesome gifts sweet enough to please all the nice (and naughty) folks on your list with some of our tasty suggestions!

Perfect for the connoisseur of fine music and fine chocolate, these Reber Mozart Kurel Chocolates come in a classy, violin-shaped box… but unlike the instrument, this one’s filled with delicious, nutty chocolate! Or, for the candy fashionista in your life, check out these Gummy Bear Earrings and Adjustable Swirl Rings! They’re the trendiest way to express your sweet side (and since they’re not actually edible, they’re sure to last much longer than your average confectionery gift!).

Of course, no holiday season is complete without some fun, festive treats! Give your loved ones a laugh with Wind-up Candy Poopers. These fellas will add some tasty joy to your celebration by decorating with delicious droppings of colorful round candy balls! Also check out this fancy Handcrafted Candy Cane Pack, perfect for the discerning seasonal sweets enthusiast. And lastly, take a look at our fancy Hanukkah selections. Who needs a dreidel made out of clay when you could have one that lights up as it spins? Now that’s the way to celebrate the Festival of Lights!

For more gift ideas, check out our entire selection today!

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Princess Party Buffet by Soiree Event Design!

princess-dessert-tableWe never tire of the gorgeous, delectable designs created by Tonya Coleman, the fabulous mind behind Soireé Event Design! Take a look at her newest spectacle: a pretty display fit for a princess, featuring pink and white treats from CandyWarehouse.com! This hip and trendy party set-up, complete with denim, sequins, and glitter, is a perfect way to celebrate any modern princess’s birthday. Enhanced by bowls full of candy sticks, gumballs, M&Ms, rock candy strings, and wrapped chocolate balls, this dessert table of peppy perfection is practically fit for royalty! Check out the full article on Hostess with the Mostess for details, and explore her fabulous website and fun Facebook page for more fantastic party ideas! And thanks for once again including us in your awesome designs, Tonya!

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Think BIG to Satisfy Any Sweet Tooth This Holiday!

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How many times have you been happily munching away at candy, only to discover that the sweet deliciousness has already run out, and you’ve been left licking your hand for the past three minutes? We’ve all been there. So until we find a way to create a Willy Wonka-esque Everlasting Gobstopper, assuage your desires for infinite amounts of sweetness with some of our GIANT candy products! They’re the gift that keeps on giving, certain to make your holidays BIGGER and better than ever!

If you love gummies but hate facing the moment the bag runs out, then turn instead to some of our mega-sized chewy treats! Clocking in at 4.5 pounds, Astro World’s Largest Gummy Bear is over 1,000 times the size of the gummy ursine average. That makes for quite a bit of snacking! And this 2-Foot Green and Red Gummy Worm is a soft and squishy replica of his soil-bound brethren… only this guy’s about 125 times larger and far more delicious!

What’s better than a Sugar Daddy Caramel Pop? Why, an entire pound of Sugar Daddy Caramel Pop, of course! Same goes for this larger-than-life 4-Inch Jawbreaker — it weighs about 2 pounds, so discovering a way to eat it might just take some advanced astrophysics. And if you’re starting to bore of plain old pops, take a look at this Giant 9-Inch Psychedelic Swirl Lollipop! Because there’s nothing less boring (or more awesome!) than a sucker bigger than your own head. (Plus, giant candies make great gift ideas)!

For more BIG candy fun, check out our entire selection of Giant Sweets!

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FIDM’s Cool Candy Store Design (for a Good Cause)!

suGAR diSHStudents from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) recently created a candy-themed table for a good cause… and guess whose candy they used! Beginning as a project in a design class this summer and continuing on throughout the break, the installation of the space took place last week for a Dining By Design event in San Francisco held for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). This community service project (one of the city’s most highly anticipated high design charitable events) showcases the talent of top designers who create one-of-a-kind dining table installments. If you can’t tell from the pictures, this table-scape was created to resemble a sophisticated urban hip candy store — and it’s awesome! Thanks for letting us be a part of a great cause, FIDM!

Check out their blog here, and more pictures below!

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Party like a Pilgrim!

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It’s important to give thanks on Thanksgiving. Come to think of it, we’re pretty sure that’s how the holiday got its name in the first place. So what’s the very best way to do so? Well, by eating, of course! By stuffing your turkey with stuffing, and then stuffing yourself with turkey. By making sure you have a pile of potatoes and gravy giant enough to last you through to the 4th quarter of the game. By loading up your dessert plate with enough sweets and treats to give even the largest linemen a sugar rush. And this holiday, why not up the wow factor at your party by decking out your dessert table with autumn-themed sweets?

First off, be sure to accent your display with the taste of fall. Mini Chattanooga Pecan Pies and Cranberry Bog Frogs (made with real berries plucked fresh from the bogs of Cape Cod!) make a delicious addition to the typical pumpkin-themed smorgasbord.

Always remember to include some confectionery turkeys for good measure. Exquisitely designed hard candy Turkey Lollipops are hand decorated with icing, and they look fantastic in any centerpiece display.

Adorable Bubblegum Turkeysalso make great place settings and table decorations. Invite these big birds to your party, delight in their festive presence, then gobble them right up!

And of course, no Thanksgiving celebration would be complete without a little bit of pigskin. These Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Footballs make just as fantastic a dessert as they do an adornment. And Jawbreaker Football Helmets will be sure to spruce up the chips and dip table whilst keeping all the kiddies entertained at the same time!

However you choose to celebrate, always remember to party like a pilgrim and show thanks to your tummy with a collection of themed sweets!

Check out our entire Fall Candy Selection!

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Eight SWEET Nights — a Hanukkah Buffet!

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With Hanukkah beginning early this year (November 27th!), it’s about time to start making your preparations for the Festival of Lights. Before the 20th century, people didn’t really do much decorating for the holiday — aside from a beautiful metalwork menorah, adornments weren’t really an important aspect of the celebration. Luckily, this has all changed! These days, decorating with family and friends is one of the happiest of holiday traditions… and nothing lights up a room quite like a festive and spritely candy buffet! Read on to learn how we fashioned ours!

Tired of the basic spread of latkes and bimuelos? This year, incorporate confectionery embellishments into your buffet layout! Shining with the hues of the Israeli flag, these blue and silver hard candy discs make the perfect backdrop upon which to build any display. And remember to add some blue and silver Hershey’s Kisses to enhance your mix with the taste of delicious milk chocolate!

Treats such as swirled Hypno Pops, dark chocolate nonpareils, Pufflettes gummy bites, and rock candy crystal sticks will round out your buffet nicely — fill glass containers with these sweets in shades of blue and white to really set off the holiday decorations.

Next, spruce up your buffet with some Hanukkah-themed lollipops. Chocolate fans will delight in this cocoa version of the Star of David on a stick, while the more traditional pop enthusiast will devour these sugar-frosted gourmet hard candies, each featuring festive, intricately-crafted designs. Use some milk chocolate lentils to prop the pops up in a candy jar and display their beauty for all to admire.

And remember to throw in some milk chocolate gelt coins, festively wrapped buttermint creams, and candy-filled dreidel tubes — you’ll be all ready to have a shamash-ing good time!

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This year, don’t make your menorah do all the work — let a brilliant candy display light up your festivities! Check out the full list of candies we used to craft this sparkling Festival of Lights buffet and inspire some ideas of your own!

Chanukah Chocolate Napolitains: 1LB Bag

Happy Hanukkah Wrapped Buttermint Creams: 1000-Piece Case

Hanukkah Dreidel Candy Tubes: 24-Piece Display

Pufflettes Gummy Bites – Blue Raspberry: 5LB Bag

Blue & Silver Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate Candy: 60-Piece Bag

Raspberry Blue & White Gummy Rings: 4.5LB Bag

Azure Blue & White Milk Chocolate Lentils: 5LB Bag

Vanilla Tootsie Rolls Candy: 1LB Bag

Rock Candy Crystal Sticks – Blue: 36-Piece Tub

Hanukkah Blue & Silver Hard Candy Discs: 5LB Bag

Gourmet Hanukkah Candy Lollipops: 24-Piece Box

Chanukah Gelt Milk Chocolate Gold Coins in Mesh Bags: 18-Piece Box

Bumplettes Blue Raspberry Beaded Gumdrops Candy: 5LB Bag

Blue Raspberry Salt Water Taffy: 3LB Bag

Vanilla Salt Water Taffy: 3LB Bag

Hannukah Dark Chocolate Nonpareils Discs: 6LB Box

Hypno Pops Petite Blue & White Swirled Lollipops: 100-Piece Bag

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