Musk sticks for your wedding party or hen do

musk stick lollies

When it comes to lollies for your wedding or hen party, a well-chosen lolly can go a long way to helping create a memorable occasion. Musk sticks are ideal for many reasons.

  1. Nostalgia is always welcome at a wedding.
  2. The love ’em hate ’em thing is a great talking point.
  3. A point of difference that people will remember

And, yay…pink!

What are musk sticks?

As familiar to Australians as Vegemite and TimTams, musk sticks are a type of lolly. Nearly always pink, they are made from a semi-soft sugar fondant that tastes of perfume. Musk perfume, to be precise. The texture is as much a part of their divisive nature as the scent. Kinda hard, soft, crumbly, chalky and powdery all at the same time.

Are musk sticks Australian?

Musk has been used in candy for centuries. The first musk candies were in the Middle East around the sixteenth century. From there they spread to Europe, where they were a popular breath freshener, and by the eighteenth century had reached Australia. But musk sticks? Those are most definitely Australian.

What is the flavour in musk sticks?

Once flavoured with the highly-prized scent from the musk deer, they are now (happily) made with a synthetic musk scent. They are however usually made with gelatine so are not vegan or vegetarian, and although not made with gluten-containing ingredients are most likely not to be gluten-free either.

Musk stick cocktails

musk stick cocktails

Embrace the theme with these lovely vodka champagne candyfloss cocktails.

Based around homemade musk stick vodka, you would need roughly 2 bottles of champagne to 1 bottle of vodka (750ml). This would yield about 16 portions served in average sized champagne flutes.

For the musk stick vodka

Drop 250g musk sticks into a 750ml bottle vodka and leave to infuse for at least 2 days. Shake well.

For the vodka champagne cocktails

Add a shot of the flavoured vodka to each glass and top up with champagne, leaving a space at the top for a cloud of candyfloss. You could decorate the rim of the glass by dipping it into sugar syrup and then crushed pink lollies. Don’t use musk stick lollies for this as they would a) be too perfumed and b) they would melt.

Our mini musk sticks are the perfect size for a party.

Check out our range of bulk lollies at wholesale prices for your wedding lolly bar and beyond…

Humbug lollies and aniseed sweets

humbug lollies

Aniseed was one of the first ingredients to be used in what we now call confectionery, and remains a popular flavour to this day.

But what is it about humbug lollies that we like so much?

What are humbugs?

Humbugs are a traditional boiled sweet. They are always striped, and usually black and white. In the UK, humbugs are flavoured with peppermint oil but here in Australia they are flavoured with aniseed. Mint humbugs, wrapped in a cellophane twist, give way to a slightly chewy centre. Traditional aniseed humbugs are more like rock candy, shaped as pillowy pyramids, and sold unwrapped.

Like most hard boiled sweets, humbug lollies are made by heating sugar and glycerine together with colour and flavour. Heated to 145C, the sugary mass is then stretched and folded as it cools. It is then rolled into cylinders, sliced, and then twisted to form the final familiar shapes. The stripes are created by folding together two different colour ‘doughs’.

Aniseed sweets

Aniseed sweets have been around since the 1400s. Known as comfits, hard sugary sweets began as medicines, made with the aromatic herbs and spices of the local apothecary. These sweets consisted of a seed, such as anise, encased in a hard sugary coating. Sugar was used to make the strong flavours more palatable.

A spoonful of sugar does indeed make the medicine go down.

Aniseed flavour in sweets

The flavour of aniseed in sweets certainly divides the crowd. And its medicinal personality cannot be denied. For some, candy that tastes like cough medicine is a step too far. For others, it could be this very quality, that provides its comforting appeal.

When we refer to aniseed as a flavour, rather than the plant or seed itself, what we mean is a distinct flavour molecule known as ‘anethole’. Used for centuries to flavour food and drink, this aromatic compound is found in aniseed, star anise, fennel and licorice. All of these plants were prized for their medicinal properties.

Love aniseed? Then you probably love licorice too…

Anise is perhaps best well known for its digestive qualities. It can help with nausea and stimulate the appetite. After a meal it can help soothe the digestion, eliminate gas, and freshen the breath.

Humbug lollies are just one of our many varieties of bulk lollies you can buy online.

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Pucker up for sour lollies

sour lollies

Sour lollies are one of the most sought after sweets in Australia. Just sweet enough, yet shockingly sour, it seems we can’t enough of sweet and sour lollies.

A taste for sour candy

Invented in the 1970’s, around since the ’80s, and part of every 90’s childhood, sour sweets are universally popular. Some are head-blowingly extreme whilst others are just lip-puckeringly sharp. Many are quite mild and just pleasingly fizzy on the tongue. All about sensation, they all take us on a journey from sour-to-sweet.

With most sour sweets the sourness is in the outside powdery/sugary coating. In some, such as the old school acid drop, the sourness is inside the sweet itself. Sour candy comes as both the jelly/gummy variety and also as hard boiled sweets. Sour jelly sweets are what we tend to think of when we refer to sour lollies. They almost always feature a sour sugar coating and a soft fruity jelly inside. It is this that creates the effect of sweet after sour.

So what makes sour candy sour?

All sour sweets have a mixture of acids in their sugar coating, known in the trade as sour sugar. Which is fair enough. There are a number of acids used in sweet manufacturing and they all have different flavour profiles, with varying levels of sourness, bitterness and astringency. It is the interplay of these various acids that makes all sour candies feel different on the tongue. Each brand will have its own well guarded secret recipes.

Citric acid provides a burst of sour tang that doesn’t last very long on the tongue. Found in lemons and limes, it is sharp and bright.

Malic acid is said to be longer and smoother on the tongue, also acting as a flavour enhancer that boosts the sweet fruity flavour. This is the acid found in green apples. Some of the extreme sour sweets use malic acid coated in oil so that it takes longer to appear on the tongue. Kind of like a slow release effect.

Tartaric acid is found in bananas and lemons. Moderately sour, it is the most astringent of the acids used in confectionary. It is that dry mouth puckering feeling like you get from raw rhubarb or strong tea.

Fumaric acid is strong and sour. It lasts longer on the tongue as it dissolves more slowly.

Ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C, is also used. It is mildly fizzy on the tongue.

One of the five tastes (actual physical sensations triggered via receptors in the mouth) sour is activated by the acids in food. They quite literally make your mouth water.

Why does my tongue hurt after eating sour candy?

Most sour candy won’t hurt your tongue, yet extreme sour candy can irritate your tongue and the lining of your mouth. So much so that some even carries a warning label. The burning sensation is down to the acids; much like eating super strong salt and vinegar crisps.

If you do indulge in some extreme candy eating (or crisp eating for that matter) then cold milk, yoghurt, or ice cream will help to soothe the burn.

We think eating sour lollies should be lip puckeringly pleasant, not a hazard to your oral health. Here’s our pick of the best sour lollies suitable for everyone…

The best sour lollies for your lolly buffet

Sour cola lollies

Everybody’s favourite – you can’t go wrong with sour cola lollies.

Sour heart lollies

Soft, squishy, AND sour. Our sour heart lollies are pretty in pink, but we also sell blue sour lollies too.

Sour mix lollies

A bumper bag of party mix sour lollies is the simplest and most effective way to buy sour lollies in bulk. They are also gluten-free. We know this can be a minefield, so we wrote this post on choosing gluten-free lollies to make things a bit clearer. You’re welcome.


If you are planning a party or special event, you don’t want to miss our tips and tricks on how to make a lolly buffet.

Why not explore our range of sour lollies online? Get all your bulk lollies for a lolly buffet at wholesale prices here.

This article was reproduced on this site only with permission from the “Online Wholesale Lolly Shop”. See original article:- Pucker up for Some Sour Lollies. The Lolly Shop is a wholly owned subsidiary of Opera Foods PL.

All the lollies for a pinata party

pinata lollies

If you have never had a pinata party then you are totally missing out. Find out what all the fuss is about and get all the pinata lollies you will ever need.

What is a pinata?

A pinata is a breakable container, decorated, and filled with candy. A key part of a celebration or ceremony, the pinata is hung from a height and players take turns to hit it with a stick. Once the pinata breaks open, the contents will fall out.

The pinata has been around for centuries and is commonly associated with Mexico. It was said to have begun in China, then taken to Europe, and then introduced to Mexico by the Spanish. Mexico already had a similar form of celebration at this time yet it was the pinata that became a huge part of Mexican culture.

How to play pinata

The pinata is hung from a tree, or somewhere strong with a bit of height. The players form a wide circle, leaving plenty of room around the hanging pinata. Each player is given three turns at hitting the pinata. They are first blindfolded and then spun around. Other players are allowed to swing the pinata to make it harder to hit.

Once the pinata breaks open, everyone returns to the outer circle. They are given empty lolly bags and can then rush in to gather up what treats they can. It is a good idea to have some filled lolly bags kept aside for those who don’t manage to collect any loot.

What to hit a pinata with

Traditionally, pinata is played with a wooden stick. You only really need one. A commercial pinata will come with a stick, but if you make your own pinata you will need to make your own stick. You can use anything suitable you have around the house but it needs to be thin, fairly lightweight, and about 30 inches (or around three quarters of a metre) long. A dowel rod from a hardware store is ideal, and you can decorate it with yet more tissue paper.

How to make a pinata

You can make your own pinata, yet they are widely available ready made. They come in a variety of shapes, with the donkey or llama shape still seen as the classic pinata. The original pinata was in the form of a five pointed star and was connected to religion. Although still seen at Christmas and other festivals the pointed star has been replaced with more commercial designs.

The easiest way to make a pinata is with a big balloon. Make a few layers of papier mache (more for a larger stronger pinata) leaving a hole at the top for filling. Once the papier mache is dry, the balloon is removed, and the pinata is decorated with tissue paper frills. Make a couple of holes in the top and secure with strong string or twine for hanging. The pinata fillers are put in through the hole and it is ready to hang.

What do you put in a pinata?

Pinatas have been around as long as people have been making treats out of sugar and traditionally they have always been filled with lollies. Or sweets. Or candy. Whatever you like to call it. It is only since the invasion of the sugar police that parents have been seeking alternative pinata fillers. But even adult themed pinatas (you know the ones) have some lollies inside. So we think lollies are the ideal pinata filler. It is, after all, a pinata PARTY.

How much candy for a pinata?

Bear in mind that the fuller a pinata is, the harder it is to break open. For a large pinata you will need 3lbs/1.3kg of lollies. That will give 15 children about 10 lollies each. Or 2lb of lollies for a medium pinata. That’s just under a kg.

What are the best lollies for a pinata?

Small lollies like jelly beans may look great spilling from a pinata but they are not really very practical. Individual mini pinatas are great for these types of lollies though.

For a full size pinata, individually wrapped lollies are the way to go.

This party mix bag of lollies is ideal for a pinata party.

Celebrations make the ideal pinata filler and are popular with everyone.

Or make things easy with this pinata mix of lollies.

We hope you have been inspired to make your next celebration a great pinata party.


We stock a range of individually wrapped pinata lollies and there’s also plenty of cheap pinata candy available to buy in bulk.

This article was reproduced on this site only with permission from the “Gourmet Online Wholesale Grocer”. See original article:- All the Lollies for a Pinata Party

Jelly Beans – The Original Penny Sweet

bulk jelly beans

Thought to be the first sweet to be sold by weight, jelly beans are small candies the size and shape of a bean. The outer shell is hard and sugary whilst the inside is firm and chewy. Available in an almost unlimited array of colours and flavours, they have attained cult status. Popular all year round, these rainbow nuggets are a favourite alternative for chocolate at Easter.

Where do jelly beans come from?

As American as apple pie, they are believed to be the love child of sugared almonds and Turkish delight. Although said to have been around since the late 1800s, and were included in the dictionary in 1905, they gained popular recognition in the 1930s. Marketed for Easter, because of their egg like shape and bright colours, they gradually became a lolly shop favourite.

Jelly beans were the first candy to be sold by weight. You could have as many or as few as you liked – hence the term penny sweet.

How are jelly beans made?

There is quite a procedure involved in the creation of these little sweets and it is similar to the sugared almonds we mentioned earlier. It takes a whole week to make a jelly bean.

Liquid sugar is heated to just under 180C and then mixed with starch. This is poured into moulds. Left to dry, it forms the chewy centre. Next, the nascent beans are taken from the moulds and given a steam bath followed by a new coat of liquid sugar. From there, it is into the spinning machine that creates the hard exterior. Colour and flavour are sprayed onto the continually revolving beans. Next, whilst still spinning, a sugar coat is applied. Granulated sugar, not liquid this time, is sprayed over the surface until the desired coating has been achieved. It is a gradual process of building layers of sugar over the soft interior.

Finally, the newly formed confections are sprayed with hot syrup and wax (or that non-vegan confectioners glaze we were talking about) to add the final polish. Once dry they are ready for packaging and their journey into the world.

Do jelly beans have gelatine?

Surprisingly, jelly beans are not made from gelatine. They actually have more similarity to toffee than to jelly.

Are jelly beans vegan?

The lack of gelatine does not however mean they are vegan. They may contain beeswax. Or they may contain confectioners glaze, which often has dairy in it. White sugar is often under question by the vegan community as it may have been processed using animal products.

Are jelly beans gluten free?

Again it is a question of derivatives. Usually the ingredients will not include anything with gluten in it, although check the label to see which starches are used as thickeners.  Be aware also that some syrups may have wheat derivatives involved in their processing.

Are jelly beans fat-free?

Yup. No fat here.

How much sugar is in jelly beans?

They are however, as many fat-free things turn out to be, made almost entirely of sugar. Which is kind of okay seeing as they are um…sweets. Y’know things eaten, in moderation, for fun.

Do black jelly beans contain licorice?

They can do. Often the black ones turn out to be purple and taste of some kind of berry. Or grape. Sometimes they are actually black and taste like licorice. Usually this involves aniseed as oppose to licorice, but sometimes they will contain licorice. We explain about licorice in more detail here…

What flavour are white jelly beans?

A bonus question. Its up for debate what flavour the white ones are, and they do differ across manufacturers. Sometimes it is coconut or vanilla. Often they have that general flavour of white sweets, with that familiar yet unrecognisable quality. Sweet with a sharp edge of acid, that could be lemonade but tastes nothing like lemons? Turns out it could be pear.

Another surprise.

How many jelly beans in a kilo?

And finally, guess the number of jelly beans. Not so you can cheat at the next school fair but it will come in handy when you simply can’t imagine what a kilo of jelly beans is IRL. So that you know how many lollies for a lolly buffet, or how long you can reasonably be expected to make a big bag last.

Clearly, they are all different. But your average jelly bean that looks like a baked bean is about 1g. So in a kilo you can expect a thousand jelly beans. That’s enough for a 100 people to have 10 each.

Or 10 people to have 100 each. Its a free country. Just about.


You can buy bulk jelly beans right here. Why not see what other goodies you can buy in bulk at our online wholesale store?


Licorice allsorts. Family favourite or retro gone wrong?

licorice allsorts

Let’s first clear something up. Actually two things.

Firstly, licorice root comes from a plant. The licorice plant. Black licorice is a confection. They are not the same thing yet they are connected. (There’s also red licorice but that’s a whole other story)

Secondly is the matter of spelling. Regardless of whether referring to plant, candy, or both, some spell it licorice whilst others prefer the more antiquated liquorice. It matters not.

What is licorice?

With a flavour similar to anise or fennel, neither of which it is related to, licorice has long been used as a herbal remedy and a flavouring. It contains a compound that is fifty times sweeter than sugar, and dried sticks of licorice root are a traditional form of candy.

Black licorice is the original confection, flavoured and coloured with the extract of the roots of the licorice plant. Grown in many parts of the world, it was taken to Pontefract, Yorkshire, England in the 11th century by monks. Prized as a medicinal plant for centuries it was not until 1760 that the first commercial licorice candy was made. Pontefract cakes, a hard candy made with licorice extract and sugar, are still made to this day.

There are other forms of candy with the name licorice but they are not black and do not taste of licorice. Red licorice is bought as strips, ropes and tubes. Even more recently, this comes in a rainbow of shapes, tastes and colours. The only thing it has in common with black licorice is the texture.

What is licorice made from?

Licorice is made from an extruded paste that is then cut and glazed. Generally it will contain sugar, starch, binder, gum, molasses and gelatin. Aniseed is now often added to replace some of the more expensive licorice extract. Some licorice is prepared and marketed as a healthy form of candy and will be made from as natural ingredients as possible. Commercially made mass0-produced licorice may contain colours, preservatives and flavourings. Molasses is used to enhance the bittersweet flavour.

Red licorice, and all non-black licorice, is made in much the same way but has fruit flavourings and colours added. And no actual licorice.

What gives licorice its flavour?

The sweet flavour is licorice is down to a molecule called glycyrrhizic acid. The anise-like flavour is an aromatic molecule called anethole, which is also present in aniseed, fennel and star anise. Some lollies, such as aniseed humbugs, have a similar flavour to licorice but are made from only aniseed and not licorice.

In its natural form, licorice has many unique aroma molecules present that set the flavour apart from aniseed. The heat-processed licorice extract has some unique flavour molecules that give black licorice its deep caramel notes.

Licorice allsorts

Licorice allsorts are a classic assortment of licorice lollies. Made from sugar fondant and black licorice sandwiched together in a variety of shapes, as well as aniseed jellies and coconut wheels, they have been around since the end of the nineteenth century.

Are licorice allsorts vegan?

Licorice allsorts may contain gelatine and beeswax so are not vegan.

Are licorice allsorts gluten-free?

Most licorice allsorts are made with wheat so are not gluten free.


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Choosing gluten free lollies for your birthday party or lolly bar

gluten free lollies

We know. Gluten free can be a minefield. And gluten-free lollies are no exception. But the need to cater for food allergies has become the new normal.

You may just want a sweet treat for yourself or your kids, such as a gluten-free biscuit or lolly. Or you may need to prepare for a kids party or other lolly bar occasion.

The most important thing to say, and this cannot be stressed enough, is to always check the label. And not just the ingredients.

Gluten-free lollies will have a clear label stating they are gluten-free. Not only will they contain no gluten, but they will have adhered to strict guidelines around cross contamination and working practices.

You would think it is easy to spot the gluten free varieties. Surely if you stick to the obviously sugary ones and stay away from those that look, well, more wheatey, then its job done. Unfortunately it is not that simple. When is it ever?

Wheat derivatives, and therefore gluten, are everywhere. Even if your lollies contain no cleverly disguised wheat products, chances are that they share a conveyor belt with those that do.

Wheat starch can pop up in the least expected of places. Glucose syrup is also often made using wheat yet it is deemed gluten free by manufacturing standards. Generally safe to consume by all but those with the severest of wheat allergies, it does however find its way into products labelled gluten free.

What lollies are gluten free?

Thankfully, manufacturers are becoming far more tolerant and are investing the time and money that it takes to make safe gluten-free products. We have several varieties of gluten-free lollies to choose from. Create an individual mini lolly bar, away from the main one, and with separate scoops and containers. Label everything clearly, with labels that will stay put.

Gluten-free cola bottle


Gluten-free fruit rings


Gluten-free fruity frogs


Gluten-free gummy lips


Gluten-free party mix



Shop our range of gluten-free lollies or buy gluten-free wholesale at our online store.

Kids party snack ideas? Try these M and M’s peanut butter sticks…

snacks for kids party

Are you stuck for kids party snack ideas? Try these M and Ms peanut butter sticks. They are super easy to make and just a few ingredients go a long way so they won’t break the budget either.

Ideal for a birthday party, sleepover or even just a fun snack after school, these adorable little sticks hit the right balance between snack and sweet treat.

kids party snack ideas

To make roughly 20 sticks you will need…

1 pack of about 20 breadsticks (as skinny as you can get)

100g m and ms

2 tbsp peanut butter

cheap party snacks for kids

Begin by stirring the peanut butter to loosen it a little.

kid friendly snacks for party

It helps if you give it a few 30 second bursts in the microwave. The oils melt so it becomes runnier and far more easy to work with.

easy snacks for kids party

Dip the breadsticks in the peanut butter, spreading it up with the help of a spoon, and then twisting to fully coat.

fun party snacks for kids

Press the m and m’s into the peanut butter and place upright in a glass to serve.

As an alternative you could use pretzel sticks and mini m and m’s. Super cute.


Don’t forget you can bulk buy lollies right here at wholesale prices. Or check out what other gourmet groceries we have online.

How to make chocolate bark with all your favourite lollies

chocolate bark

Chocolate bark makes great gifts or party favours and is super easy to make. All you need is some good quality chocolate, all your favourite lollies, and a colourful imagination.

You can make it for fun, for yourself and friends, or as an activity with the kids.

We talk you through how to make chocolate bark and give you a few ideas of the kind of lollies you can use.

How to make chocolate bark

You can make a pretty decent chocolate bark as a treat to eat at home, or something to do with the kids on a rainy day. Or you can make it as a gift for friends and family, or as party or wedding favours. The type of chocolate you use, and the method that you follow, can depend on how polished you need the final product to be.

Chocolate couverture is best as it usually contains a higher percentage of cocoa liquor, cocoa solids and cocoa butter. It is designed for the professional chocolatier but is widely available. For a really professional result you still need to temper couverture. It is certainly more forgiving that standard chocolate, but tempering is essential for a nice sheen and a satisfying snap.

If you are just having fun with the kids and don’t mind a bit of white bloom from the fridge, then by all means go for it. But the chocolate may not set quickly, or even enough, unless you put it in the fridge. The fridge can cause condensation, but also affects how the sugars rearrange themselves; resulting in the harmless yet not particularly polished  looking bloom.

To make chocolate bark without tempering, simply melt your chocolate in bursts in the microwave, stirring until completely melted. You will need at least 300 g for a slab the size of an A4 sheet. Pour onto greaseproof paper and spread the chocolate out with the help of a spatula. Go as thick or as thin as you like. Top with lollies of your choice, pressing them in to the melted chocolate. At this point you can leave it out to set, or put it straight in the fridge. Chances are if you haven’t tempered the chocolate it needs to go in the fridge so you may as well do it from the start. Once set, cut into shards and keep in an airtight container. You may still want to keep it in the fridge unless you have somewhere cool to put it.

You can temper chocolate easily using a method known as seeding. This involves melting the chocolate to a certain temperature and then cooling it down by stirring in finely chopped chocolate. For precise results you need a thermometer as there are literally just degrees of difference in the accuracy. You can however just melt two thirds of the chocolate, and stir in the final third at the end. Not strictly tempering without the correct temperatures but you might get lucky and end up with something better than simply melting it.

To temper chocolate break two thirds of your chocolate into a bowl. Chop the other third finely. Melt the chocolate in the bowl, using a cooks thermometer to measure the temparature. For dark and good quality milk heat to 45C. Stir in the other third of the chocolate, a little at a time, until the temperature reaches 31C for dark, and 29C for milk.

chocolate caramel cookie bark

White chocolate bark

White chocolate is not a true chocolate so behaves a little differently to dark and milk chocolate. Made from cocoa butter, and a high proportion of sugar with no cocoa solids, it can burn easily. Melt white chocolate to 40C and add the seed chocolate until it reaches 28C.

Chocolate bark wedding favours

chocolate bark wedding favour

That said, white chocolate lends itself to the more traditional wedding favours of white on white, or pink on white. It is easy to create something soft and pretty with white chocolate and some pink or white lollies. Sugar sprinkles also work well. Cut your wedding bark favours into shards, or use cutters to create shapes, and present in cellophane bags with a ribbon or pretty boxes. Lace or net would also work well.

Chocolate bark topping ideas

chocolate bark topping ideas

We created 3 different varieties above.

Salted peanuts and caramel popcorn

Maltesers, soft caramel, and orange M&Ms

Marshmallow, chocolate sultanas, and crushed chocolate chip cookies.

chocolate bark

You can use any hard lollies to create a chocolate crisp effect. Mints work well, as do chocolate limes.

white chocolate bark

Jelly beans are surprisingly good with chocolate. They come in such a range of colours too you can really let your imagination go.

Chocolate lolly pizza

chocolate lolly pizza

Create a multicoloured chocolate lolly pizza with an assortment of colourful lollies. The more colour the better. White chocolate works best as a background with contrast, giving it a kind of primary colours feel.

How to cut chocolate bark

how to cut chocolate bark

You can break chocolate bark with your fingers but it has a tendency to snap in the wrong places, creating odd shapes rather than casually artful shards. Use a large sharp knife to cut shards, trying to avoid cutting through any of the toppings.


You can get all of your bulk buy lollies right here, and also online at our bulk food store.


How to make a lolly buffet. Life is sweet so take a treat.

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A lolly buffet, is the ideal centrepiece for your event.

Perfect for any party, wedding, or corporate event, it solves the issue of what to serve for dessert and also provides instant insta-appeal.

A great showstopper or talking point is the key to any successful gathering.

Find out just how easy it is to make a lolly buffet with our professional tips and tricks. All you need to add the wow factor to your party.





What is a lolly buffet?

A lolly buffet aka candy buffet is an assortment of lollies arranged for party or event guests to help themselves. It is served as the dessert part of any meal, or even just a treat table. Guests can also fill their own lolly bags to take home, so it stands in place of wedding or party favours too. The table can also include other cakes, biscuits and confections. It can, for example, feature a wedding cake or birthday cake as its focus.

How many lollies for a lolly buffet?

As a rule of thumb, offer between 200g to 300g per person. Depending on the theme, which may impact how much variety you have to choose from, aim to serve 8 to 10 different types of lollies. Go for a mix of different types, some hard and some soft. People love a bit of nostalgia so maybe consider including old childhood favourites. Everyone’s taste is different so try to include a range that suits everybody with some chocolate and perhaps some popcorn. Buying lollies in bulk is the best way to keep the costs down but also to find a wider range.

How to set up a lolly buffet

Before thinking about the table set up for your theme, you need to visualise just how many lollies you need to display, and take into consideration things such as other cakes, room for containers, scoops, labels etc. Most events will use a table, but you could use a chest of drawers, wooden dresser, drinks trolley, or anything else of a suitable size for your particular party.

Lolly buffet jars

You might want to think about your jars and bowls first. Glass is a must, as the entire display relies on the lollies being seen. Some sweets such as marshmallows take up a lot of room for their weight. Others, such as jelly beans, take up less space. You need to plan your lolly jars accordingly. Lids look nice, and keep everything clean, but at a large event is that practical? If you go for lids on jars, make sure there is enough surrounding space for them to be placed on the table during busy times. Plan a range of heights and widths using a range of different containers. Long stemmed glasses are a good way to add height, but are also less stable.

Dress it up

how to make a lolly buffet

Each jar or bowl will need a scoop or tongs, and maybe a label. Use ribbons or strings to hang labels on jars, or stick them on with sticky dots. These are also useful for holding ribbons in place. Decorate your table to suit the theme, remembering to add height at every opportunity. Bunting, balloons, flowers, plants, and even feathers all add height to a display. A cardboard box draped in tissue paper or fabric goes along way to create some height, and a platform for the odd bowl or jar or two. An elegant twig tree will add height and interest and can be hung with decorative bits. And everyone loves the magic of a fairy light.

Think about the surface of the table and scatter petals or table scatter. Yet also be aware of the power of blank space. Too much clutter can look over busy.

Lolly bags

Don’t forget to include takeaway options for your guests. Simple paper bags or cones are an inexpensive way to replicate that lolly shop look. Or you could choose noodle boxes for more of a patisserie/chocolate shop type feel. Both are cost effective and can be personalised for the event. Remember to provide stickers so they can seal their lolly bags for transport home.

Give yourself time to plan, prepare and execute. Do your research. A rush job never helped anyone.

And have fun.

Lolly buffet ideas

There are pictures of lolly buffets all over the internet so have a good look around for info. There are many ways to pick a theme…

  1. By colour. Use a colour wheel to get ideas.
  2. Keep it monochrome with black or white.
  3. Pick a character.
  4. Choose company branding colours.
  5. Find a dressing table and drape it with trays of jewels and lolly necklaces.
  6. Set up a dresser and lots of jars to create an old fashioned sweet shop.
  7. Go rainbow.
  8. Shabby chic with birdcages and bunting.
  9. Keep it retro.
  10. Be gluten free.

We have all your party lollies right here, and offer wholesale prices at our bulk food store.