Happy June 1st, everyone!
Apparently, June is National Candy Month.
It’s also National Seafood Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, National Dairy Month, and National Iced Tea Month. Oh, and National Don’t Eat Cheese After Noon Month, but I say eat cheese whenever you like, so we won’t be celebrating that particular “holiday” around my place.
I was surprised to see that June was National Candy Month–I would have expected October, because of all that Halloween candy.
Or even Christmas or Easter which are big candy holidays.
Of course, June is a big wedding month, and thinking back to this time last year, when we were getting everything ready for our August wedding, Candy was a pretty big focus of mine. There were a lot of things that I wasn’t all that concerned with, as far as details went. I let my girls pick their own dresses and shoes, for instance. And I didn’t even bother with programs. We chose basic DIY centerpieces. But the candy buffet really caught my imagination.
The basic idea is a table full of different kinds of candy, in all different containers. Guests are given a bag or box to fill up, and then can grab whatever they like. It sounds simple, but I had a very specific image in mind–and I acheived it.
I wanted it to be pretty, but also striking. Though we had more candy than we needed, I wanted the candy itself to make a statement–to be kind of overwhelming. An elegant sort of Willy Wonka corner at the wedding. Oh, and I wanted it to match our colors, that is, to be all blue and white.
And it was. I stacked a table full of anything blue and/or white I could find. Lindt dark chocolate truffles and solid Lindt milk chocolate blossoms. Blue gummy bears, and blue gummy fish and blue and white gummy sharks. Jelly Belly jelly beans in Blue Raspberry, Blueberry, and Coconut. White chocolate covered raisins. White chocolate covered pretzels. Blue and white Whirly Pops. A bouquet of Blue Raspberry blow pops. Rice Krispies Treats and blue Peeps and twelve pounds of Blue Raspberry Twizzlers. Salt-water taffy in vanilla and blueberry and blue raspberry. White heart-shaped mints. Blue & white Giant Pixie Sticks. Blue-raspberry Bubble Tape for the kids. Blue sour-patch kids. Vanilla Tootsie Rolls (in the blue and white wrappers, of course!). Island Fruit Punch Laffy Taffy (it comes wrapped in blue, for some reason). Hershey’s Truffles and Almond Joy bars. Blue lollipops shaped like flowers. White rock candy.
Yes, it was expensive. And yes, it was time consuming. But I still say it was worth it, even if all I have to show for it is two pictures taken by the photographer while everyone was already attacking the table (it’s showing some signs of plunder in the pictures, for sure). I still get complimented on the candy buffet at family gatherings. Everyone enjoyed it, and that’s what it was all about.
So as you can imagine, compared to last June, candy hardly even exists to me these days. I don’t think I’ll ever have to think about candy quite so much ever again.
I’d like to finish this up with two polls. First, if you happened to be at my wedding last year, what was your favorite part of the candy buffet?
Second, (for everyone, not just people who weren’t at the wedding) what’s your favorite kind of candy?