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Fabulous Featured Cincinnati Candy Buffet by Bellenza!

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We are beyond thrilled to be featured on Bellenza's wedding website as a fabulous feature. The candy buffet shown is an all yellow and navy candy buffet we did last May. This is one of my favorite displays and I am so proud to share it with everyone. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Bellenza for showcasing our display in such a beautiful way!! Below are a few pieces of the article written, for the whole article please click on the below photos. Thank you!

This candy buffet was for Jessica and Brian Lee’s wedding, held on May 12, 2012 at Triple Crown Country Club in Union, Ky. We featured all yellow candies with navy labels to match their wedding colors and décor. The groom was a huge fan of Krispy Kreme doughnuts so we also made a groom’s cake for him with just the doughnuts he loves! Both the candy buffet and doughnut cake were a huge hit and the photographer did an amazing job capturing photos. This was one of my favorite and most memorable candy buffet designs I have created, as yellow is my personal favorite color as well as being 41 weeks pregnant on the day of the event!

I love this photo of the bride’s first reaction (see palette below) to seeing the dessert table we created!

Photos courtesy of Ashley Hoskins Photography

Candy labels/personalized stickers courtesy of Design the Date

9 Fun Easter Candy Facts

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Besides new dresses with white stockings and going to church on Easter Sunday with family the thing I most remember about Easter as a child is the Easter basket filled with goodies! My mom really went all out on Easter and we would all get a huge Easter basket each one filled with our favorite candies...mine chewy candy, of course! The reason alot of us associate Easter with candy is because Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans, right behind Halloween.

Here are some fun Easter candy facts that I found...

  • Americans consume 16 billion jellybeans at Easter, many of them hidden in baskets. If all the Easter jellybeans were lined end to end, they would circle the globe nearly three times.
  • Jellybeans did not become an Easter tradition until the 1930s. They were probably first made in America by Boston candy maker William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Supporting our it!
  • Each Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps, shaped like chicks, as well as Marshmallow Bunnies and Marshmallow Eggs, making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. So not a favorite of mine though!
  • In 1953, it took 27 hours to create a Marshmallow Peep. Today it takes six minutes.
  • Adults prefer milk chocolate (65%), to dark chocolate (27%). Remember the health benefits of dark chocolate though!!
  • Pretzels were originally associated with Easter. The twists of a pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossed in prayer.
  • Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.
  • Chocolate bunnies should be eaten ears first, according to 76% of Americans. Five percent said bunnies should be eaten feet first, while 4% favored eating the tail first.I have not had a chocolate bunny in years, but I believe I ate it ears first.
  • Some supermarkets have doubled the space allotted to Easter candy in the past few years as the market has increased. I totally believe this...have you ever checked out Target's holiday candy aisles?!

Now even as I am older I still get an Easter basket from my mom for Easter and I have to tell you I cherish it more now as an adult. You are never too old for an Easter basket!!

*Just a thought...have you ever eaten a Reese's Peanut Butter Egg that has been in the freezer?? I highly suggest this...heavenly.
Candy facts found courtesy of: and

His and Hers Candy Buffet

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his and hers

In most cases (but not all) alot of the wedding planning is done by the her style really comes out in the event. With a His and Hers candy buffet it is a great way to show a little style and personality of both the bride and groom.

There are many themes to choose from when deciding how to decorate your candy buffet: colorized, winter wonderland, beach/tropical, simple and new  popular trend is a His and Hers! I am seeing this more and more with the wedding I have done. This is a great way to combine both the brides and grooms favorite candies into one display. Add a few fun photos or engagement shots with personalized candy bags and VIOLA, a perfect His and Hers candy buffet that all your guests will enjoy.

You can add labels to each candy jar saying his or hers at the top depending on who's favorite it is, the name of the candy and a memory/reason for the candy being their favorite. This really lets your guests feel connected to you on your special day as they are enjoying their sweet treat!

Dulce Designs would be happy to work with you on creating your special His and Hers candy buffet, contact us for more information/questions.

Holiday fudge recipes…using candy!

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While browsing for recipes online today I came across these two great fudge recipes and guess what?!?! You make them using CANDY :) Not to mention they look super easy to make!

Tootsie Roll Fudge Recipe


  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Island® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup green and red M&M's


  • Line a 9-in. square pan with foil. Grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, melt the Tootsie Rolls, peanut butter and remaining butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla (mixture will be very thick). Fold in pecans.
  • Spread into prepared pan. Using a sharp knife, score the surface into 1-in. squares. Press a M&M's candy into the center of each square. Cool. Using foil, remove fudge from pan; cut into squares. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2 pounds.


Gumdrop Fudge Recipe


  • 1-1/2 pounds white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Spice Island® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped gumdrops


  • Line a 9-in. square pan with foil; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the candy coating, milk and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and gumdrops.
  • Spread into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Using foil, remove fudge from the pan; cut into 1-in. squares. Store at room temperature. Yield: about 3 pounds.

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