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We love our friend Jackie Sorkin, owner of the Los Angeles-based event planning company, The Hollywood Candy Girls and star of TLC’s Candy Queen show, which just went global.

Earlier this week we reached out to Jackie to ask her about her favorite, yet easy DIY Halloween party favor.  Without batting an eye, she sent us this  …

These candy-filled mason jars meet all the criteria for a successful party favor: clever, colorful, easy, and something every party-goer will want to take home and copy for their own parties. Heck. You don’t even have to throw a party. They can be gifts, too!

Jackie says classic candy corn and  jelly beans, M&M’s, Sixlets, and gumballs in green, purple, orange, and black work well for layering up a Mason Jar. Pop a faux furry spider on top (there are tons at Party City) and tie it all together with a matching bow. Simply spooktacular!

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Labor Day is over, which means fall weddings, tailgate parties, homecoming dances, and Halloween parties are officially in season.

With insights from our discerning candy buyer, Rita Cummings, we’ve rounded up our top 10 fall candy picks to make all of your upcoming celebrations unique, fun, and majorly memorable.

#10. Football Pops

Football LollipopsTailgate parties aren’t all burgers, brats, and beer. Bring on the football sweets! Our Football Pops are perfect for poking into cakes and cupcakes … and for topping glass vases filled with candy (try Green Candy Sunbursts for a “turf” effect).

 

#9. Gummi Candy Corn

Gummi Candy CornClassic candy corn is always welcome for fall parties, but for chewy candy lovers, this year brings a special treat: Gummi Candy Corn. Each kernel is big, too, at approximately 1-inch tall, so this candy provides a huge splash of color on a dessert table.

 

#8. Apple Cider Candy Corn??

Apple Cider Candy CornAlso new in the candy corn category this fall is a crop of corn in fun colors and flavors like Apple Cider with a layer of red, brown, and cream. Other flavors include Raspberry, Raspberry Lemonade, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Candy Cane, Egg Nog, and Gingerbread. Think of the possibilities for baking and candy crafting!

 

#7. Candy Apple Taffy

With its deep red and green color, Candy Apple Taffy is a great choice for fall parties. This vibrant salt water taffy can be dressed up in a glass apothecary jar or served casually in favor bags or in a big bowl for trick-or-treaters.

 

#6. Pumpkin Gumballs

Dubble Bubble Pumpkin GumballsIndividually wrapped Dubble Bubble Pumpkin Gumballs are adorable … and perfect for crafting and topping cupcakes. (Check out the recent blog post about these orange cuties on our sister site, MyCandyCrafts.com.)

 

#5. Twinkle Candy Corn Pops

Twinkle Candy Corn Lollipops

Vanilla-flavored Candy Corn Pops scream “Halloween!” Each individually wrapped lollipop sits on a long 12-inch stick, making it a great choice for adding height to a candy buffet or centerpiece.  Tie on an orange bow to create a quick party favor, or bunch a dozen together for a Halloween bouquet.

 

#4. Autumn Mix Mellocremes

Autumn Mellocreme Candies for Halloween

Based on a Candy.com Facebook Poll, we found that the majority of our followers eat Pumpkin Mellocremes first when tempted with a bowl of Autumn Mix. Indian Candy Corn and Classic Candy Corn tied for second. From our poll, we also found out that there are lots of great memories attached to this classic mix, which is why we think it’s a must-have for every fall party.

 

#3. Fall Candy Sticks

Old-Fashioned Candy Sticks in beautiful autumn colorsOne of the best pops of color you can get in Candy Land is from old-fashioned candy sticks. Stack them on top of vibrant Sixlets in a tall glass jar, bundle them with a bow to make a pretty party favor, or display them on a flat white tray to create instant eye candy on a dessert table.

 

#2. Zombie Pops

Zombie LollipopsJust in time for the return of the AMC series “The Walking Dead,”  Zombie Pops  have arrived at Candy.com! The individually wrapped, cherry-flavored lollipops have incredible detail. (Lots of warts!) They’re so gross, yet soooo cool.

 

#1. Missing Body Parts Gummies

Missing Gummy PartsAt #1, we have bloody bones, severed fingers, brains, skulls, feet, and fangs all in one bulk bag! Imagine what you can do with these gross gummy body parts. Our candy buyer, Rita, is planning on floating them in a punchbowl along with yellow gummy chicken feet this Halloween. FaBOOlicious!

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Sweet! Today, we’ve got a tutorial on how to make adorable Baby Chick Gumballs today from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle. These baby chicks would be a major hit at a baby shower. (Take a peek at SweetSugarBelle’s Jordan Almond and M&M’s Bluebirds.) Thank you SweetSugarBelle for sharing your sweet yellow chicks with us. Love them!

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Want a cute accent for your next baby shower? These baby chick gumballs are adorable and easy!

Baby Chick Gumballs

Here’s what you need:

1. Yellow Gumballs

2. Black Royal Icing {piping consistency} fitted with a #1 tip

?3. Orange Royal Icing {20-second icing} with a #2 tip

4. Yellow Royal Icing {stiff piping consistency} with a #13 or #14 tip

Here’s the how-to:

Begin my packing a cooling rack on a cookie sheet and cover with a towel. This will help to keep the gumballs from rolling around as you work.

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Make sure to give the gumballs a little space so you can work without bumping into the others.

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Next use the black icing to add eyes.

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At this point, I kinda start thinking of this…just kidding.

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But seriously, at this point use the orange icing to add a beak.

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To finish up, use the yellow piping icing to add a sweet little puff of feathers to the top of the chickie’s head.

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Let dry and you’ll have the cutest and easiest chickies you ever did see!

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For matching cupcakes head on over to my blog, The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle.

Hope to see you there!

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Planning a candy buffet for an event sounds really, really fun (what’s not to love?), but when you get down to business, there are a lot of decisions to be made.

With so many candy types, colors, shapes, textures, sizes—and just as many containers, scoops, labels, and table props to consider—two g’s come to mind: “gulp” and “gasp.”

Enter Amy Atlas …

If you aren’t already familiar with the name, Amy Atlas is the goddess of dessert tables and candy buffets. Her work is like looking at a fashion runway with so much attention paid to color, texture, style, and accessories. (If you need to see to believe, click here.)

With such talent and experience, we turned to Amy to answer frequently asked questions about candy buffets … and dish on her highly anticipated new book.

Candy.com: The customer service team at Candy.com is constantly asked, “How much candy should I buy?” and “Is there a rule of thumb for estimating container capacity?” (i.e., How many pounds of salt water taffy or M&M’s will I need to fill a half-gallon apothecary jar?) How do you calculate quantities for your own events?

Amy Atlas:  As a basic rule, I suggest 6 to 8 ounces of candy per guest.  However, if you are looking to make a more bountiful display, you may have to order more depending on your design.

Unfortunately, there is no rule of thumb for estimating candy per container. I use the following guidelines, though …

  • - Salt water taffy: 1 1/2 lbs per half-gallon container
    – Malt balls: 2 1/2 lbs per half-gallon container
    – M&M’s: 3 lbs per half-gallon container

Candy.com: When ordering candy for an event, how far in advance do you suggest placing the order?

Amy Atlas: I recommend ordering at least 10 days to two weeks prior to the event to ensure the candy will get there on time and to avoid additional shipping fees. The candy will stay fresh so long as you the candy is kept in the packaging and stored at room temperature.

 

Candy.com: Should you buy less candy per person if you’re also including cake/cookies/cupcakes on your dessert table?

Amy Atlas: Adding cake/cookies/cupcakes to your dessert spread will round out your dessert table and you’ll probably need less candy.  Another factor in determining how much candy you will need is what type of vessels you are using for the candy. If you are using small bowls, then you won’t necessarily have to purchase a lot to make it look pretty.

 

Candy.com: What are the most practical containers/vessels to use?

Amy Atlas: Containers with wide openings are the most practical so guests can easily access the candy with scoops. I love these containers.

 

Candy.com: Should you provide a scoop for every container?

Amy Atlas: Yes, you absolutely should have a scoop for each container. You will not want flavors of certain candies mixed with others, especially if food allergies are a concern. Having multiple scoops also helps ensure that guests won’t be waiting for others to finish scooping.

 

Candy.com: What are the best types of candies to use in a candy buffet?

Amy Atlas: My favorites to use are jelly beans, M&M’s, and malt balls.

 

Candy.com: What is your favorite candy color palette?

Amy Atlas: I love mixing and matching unexpected color palettes. Currently, I’m loving neon pink and yellow paired with a grayish lavender accent color.

Candy.com: What type of favor bags or boxes do you like to use for guests to take home candy?

Amy Atlas: I often personalize bags like these for the clients to send their guests off with. However, popcorn boxes and muslin pouches are also great containers.

 

Candy.com: What are some ways to create different heights on a candy buffet, so it’s more eye-appealing?

Amy Atlas: You can use vessels in various heights. Also, think outside the “vessel” and use fun containers that tie into your theme. For a rustic dessert bar, tree trunks can add the perfect amount of height while a travel themed party would look fantastic with small luggage containers.

 

Candy.com: Do you have any tips for staying organized while planning a candy buffet or dessert table?

Amy Atlas: Create a mockup of the design before the event to get a sense of whether you need to add additional candy/desserts (or if you have planned for too much and you need to scale back). Keep an organized list for when all of your candy and desserts are being delivered and remember to pack candy scoops for the event!

 

Candy.com: We’re dying for your new book, Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It to be released on April 24! What can you tell us about it?

Amy Atlas: The book is the first book created for making sweets/candy tables. While the pictures are beautiful, it is not intended to be a coffee table book. I created it so people can use it as a reference not only for inspiration, but also as a guide for all of my sweet styling tips. Think of it as a candy table bible.  The book has over 100 of my recipes, 75 of my crafting instructions, and is filled with my styling tips.  There are more than 250 never-seen-before photos as well!


Amy Atlas photo courtesy of Robert Caplin.
Candy buffet and book cover photos courtesy of Amy Atlas.

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