How to Set up a Wedding Candy Buffet

You’ve spent countless hours and amounts of energy planning every detail of your big day – from the tiniest napkin rings to the extravagantly stunning centerpieces. Make your celebration even sweeter with a wow-worthy candy buffet table, decorated to fit your theme and personalized to satisfy your taste buds! Whether you’re looking for a formal chocolate tasting or a playful candy buffet full of nostalgia, there are a few tips and tricks for making your wedding candy buffet the life of the party.

Choose A Theme

The first step to compiling the ultimate candy buffet is choosing the theme. Do you want it to have a funky feel or be more formal and elegant? Your theme will aid in presentation style and decorating. You can even go a step further and set a theme to your candy selection! Add a nostalgic feel to your event by choosing candies from the years of your youth, or turn it into a flavor-packed sampling experience by serving strictly chocolate – dozens of different kinds!

Choose the Candies

How to Set up a Wedding Candy Buffet Once you’ve finalized your theme, it’s time to move on to the tastier details. Choosing the candies for your wedding candy buffet is the sweetest, yet most difficult part! You’ll want choices that not only complement your dinner menu, but also satisfy the taste buds of guests of all ages. When choosing your candies, keep in mind how you plan on serving and presenting them. Do you envision dozens of glass bowls scattered throughout? Or perhaps you are dreaming of a large platter showcasing beautifully wrapped chocolates. No matter what you have in mind, Fannie May wedding favors offer over 100 chocolates and wrapped candies to choose from, so you can show off your personal tastes and make your chocolate buffet as unique as you are! Visit one of 100+ retail stores and our chocolate specialist will assist you in choosing the perfect favor for your event.

Decorate the Space

Draw the guests in with wow-worthy decorations that highlight your candy buffet. Start with a bold and eye-catching backdrop, paired with creative signs that accentuate your colors and theme.

Serving Setup

The candy selection may be the most important part, but your setup can make or break the experience. Use unique platters, jars, cake plats, or even marble cheese boards to display your sweet treats. Display them at different heights to not only add dimension, but also to make it easier for guests to get to. Be sure to provide enough serving spoons, tongs, and candy scoops for several guests to use at a time.

Chocolate Pairing

Take your candy buffet to the next level by showcasing a chocolate pairing guide. If you love milk chocolate, pair it with a lovely Moscato, Madeira, or a nice sherry. Your plated dark chocolate raspberry pieces suggest a pairing with your favorite Cabernet.

Personalize the Container

Personalizing your candy buffet containers can instantly turn your regular dessert bar into unique wedding favors! Rather than looking through dozens of boring wedding favor ideas, simply put an extra creative touch into your candy buffet and send guests home with a delicious party favor. Create take home bags or boxes that match the theme with the happy couple’s name printed on them. You can even simply print sweet sayings on them such as “Love is sweet, enjoy a treat!”, or “Let’s end on a sweet note!”

How to Set up a Wedding Candy Buffet

How will you set up your wedding candy bar? Share with us in the comments!

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International Women’s Day History and Gift Ideas

International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, is right around the corner! If you’re new to celebrating this occasion, read on for some fun history and gift ideas to celebrate the special women in your life.

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women's Day History and Gift Ideas

In the early 1900s, in order to celebrate the growing role of women in the political and working world, countries everywhere established a holiday dedicated to showing appreciation for females everywhere! The decision to make this an official holiday came in 1910, during the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Today, the holiday is celebrated by showering all of the women in your life – wives, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, mothers, friends, coworkers – in gifts and sentiments of appreciation. Like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, the most popular gifts come in the form of flowers or chocolate.

International Women’s Day Gift Ideas

Here are some no-fail International Women’s Day Gift Ideas sure to satisfy any recipient!

Fannie May Cheesecake Assortment

Invite your favorite ladies over for a decadent dessert sure to wow. Our mouth-watering cheesecake sampler comes with 12 individually sliced pieces to sweeten up their day!

 2 Pound Chocolate Gifts

Looking for the perfect International Women’s Day gift for a female crowd? Surprise them with a wow-worthy two pound chocolate gift.

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Whether sending a sweet something to your wife or to your mother, our drool-worthy chocolate covered strawberries are sure to dazzle.

This sweet card filled with confections is the perfect sweet surprise to show your appreciation! Send one to each of the women you make your every day activities a little bit sweeter.

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Sweet Scoop: Real Chocolate vs. Mystery Chocolate

If you haven’t noticed by now, we at Fannie May LOVE chocolate. Not all chocolate, just the real stuff – the 100% untainted decadence bursting with rich, melt-in-your-mouth flavor.

Real Fannie May ChocolatesWithout even realizing, you may have been the victim of fraudulent chocolate. That is, confections that look and smell like chocolate, but just aren’t quite what you have come to expect with your favorite sweet treat. But how do you know when you’re being fooled? Chocolate versus “chocolaty” may be just one letter apart, but we chocolate aficionados know that this small change makes a big difference.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty cocoa beans – what’s the real difference between real chocolate and mystery chocolate? Read on and never risk having to fool your taste buds again!

Cocoa Butter vs Vegetable Oil. Cocoa beans are the heart and soul of chocolate.  Chocolate aficionados know the key to the best chocolate is in the bean! However, this has not stopped some chocolate companies from attempting to lower costs by replacing cocoa butter with vegetable oil, resulting in a chocolate sometimes referred to as “mockolate”.

Watch the Wording. Before you purchase your decadent chocolate treat, read the label! Make sure it says chocolate, real chocolate, or 100% chocolate. The Food and Drug Administration has specific rules and regulations as to what can and cannot classify something as “real” chocolate. Mystery chocolate sellers use terms such as “chocolate candy”, “chocolaty”, or “made with chocolate” to mislead your mind – but these fake ingredients won’t mislead your mouth!

What’s the real difference?

We’ve given you ways to spot the fake chocolate, now you’re probably wondering “why bother”? Mystery chocolate is mostly cheaper and tastes similar enough, so why all the fuss? Here are some benefits you may miss out on when choosing fake over real chocolate:

The flavor. No big surprise here – real chocolate not only tastes better, but has a much more enjoyable consistency. No waxy feeling here!

fannie-may-chocolate-assortmentThe health benefits. Chocolate sure does have a lot of benefits for such a deliciously sweet treat! Real dark chocolate can not only help lower cholesterol levels, improve brain functions, and protect skin against the sun’s harmful rays, but it can also help regulate blood pressure and even prevent stroke! The real health highlight is the large amount of antioxidants found in this decadent dessert. In contrast, chocolate bars that contain certain oils instead of cocoa butter can actually have negative effects on your health such as raising your bad cholesterol levels. Get the full scoop on the benefits of chocolate here.

So why eat fake chocolate when you can eat the real thing?! And remember, just a little bit of chocolate can make the day seem so much sweeter.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Countdown Calendar

Valentine’s Day may be the holiday of love and romance, so rather than sending the traditional rose bouquet and chocolate box, get a little bit creative with your gift presentation to make your special someone really feel special.

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Rather than gifting your sweetie with one box of chocolate, turn this celebratory treat into a 14 day activity of love! Gift these to your Valentine February 1st, and share a special sentiment paired with a savory piece of sweetness every day leading up to February 14.

Here’s how to make your own DIY Chocolate Box Countdown Calendar:

What You’ll Need:

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1 Fannie May 25 Piece Artisan box of chocolate
White cardstock
Scissors
Restickable glue stick
Regular glue stick
Pencil
Ruler
Red Marker
Old Newspaper

Directions for DIY Countdown Calendar: 

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Step 1: Using your ruler, measure the individual sections of chocolate. On days where there are 2 pieces, measure those two together. For the Fannie May Artisan Box, the measurements are as follows: days 1-5: 1.75” X 1.75”, days 6-13: 1.75”X3”, day 14: 3”X3”.

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Step 2: Using your measurements and a ruler, create your mini cards on the cardstock. You will need to double length to create a foldable card in that size. Using the measurements of the Fannie May Box, you should create cards in the following sizes: 5 cards 1.75”X3.5”, 8 cards 1.75”X6”, and 1 card 3”X9”.

Once you have your cards cut out, fold and set aside.

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Step 3: Using your original measurements (not doubled), cut out those same sized squares out of newspaper for the hearts.

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Once your squares are prepared, fold in half and cut out a semi-heart shape. When you unfold it you will have a perfectly symmetrical heart.

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Do the same to the rest of the newspaper squares.

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Step 4: Glue your newspaper hearts to the front of the card.

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Step 5: Use your red marker to number 1-14. Numbers 1-5 will be the smallest squares, Number 6-13 will be the long rectangles, and number 14 will be the largest square card.

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Step 6: Open your cards and fill each one with a sentimental message! Once filled out, use your restickable glue stick to seal the card shut. Hold for 90 seconds to seal. This unique adhesive allows the card to be easily reopened without damaging the paper or message.

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Step 7: Now it’s time to apply the cards to the chocolate box! First, trim the cards if necessary. You can either simply lay them down in the appropriate spot, or carefully cover the very edge of the card with restickable glue.

Now you have a creative and fun DIY countdown calendar the two of you can enjoy together!

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Get Ready to Celebrate National Cheesecake Day on July 30!

Fannie May Trinidad CheesecakeGrab your forks and get ready to celebrate one of the richest, creamiest and most irresistible desserts known to mankind: cheesecake! Mark your calendars: July 30 is National Cheesecake day!

The History of Cheesecake

This sinfully delicious confection layered with decadent cream cheese and a crunchy graham cracker crust has been a sweet favorite since long before our time: Back in 776 B.C., the ancient Greeks believed that cheesecake (their version of it, at least) was a source of energy, so they served it to Olympic athletes. Later on down the road in the 1870s, a dairy farmer named William Lawrence from Chester, N.Y., made the accidental discovery of modern-day cream cheese. Then once Arnold Reuben, the German-American restaurant owner who also invented the famous Reuben sandwich, created the first recipe for New York–style cheesecake in 1929, the rest was history.

Types of Cheesecake

Today, there’s an endless variety of cheesecake all over the world, including Europe, Asia, Latin America and, of course, the United States. Here in the U.S., there are two types of cheesecake that have captured everyone’s hearts … and appetites:
Fannie May Pixie CheesecakeFirst is the richer and heavier New York–style cheesecake, and then we have the lighter and fluffier Philadelphia-style cheesecake. They each come in every flavor imaginable, from classic strawberry to exciting peanut butter cup. Our favorite: none other than the Fannie May chocolate- and coconut-flavored Trinidad cheesecake, and the caramel-, pecan- and chocolate-flavored Pixie cheesecake. Inspired by two of our world-renowned chocolates, these two exquisitely luscious treats don’t require any difficult baking; they’re ready to devour as soon as they hit your doorstep!

So how do we celebrate National Cheesecake day, you ask? Joining the festivities is easy: Just grab one (or both!) of your favorite Fannie May cheesecakes and gobble it up with family and friends!

Which cheesecake flavor do you love most?

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Fun Ways to Fundraise in the Summer

Fannie May ChocolatesKnow a school that could use some help raising funds for its students? Want to donate a little something extra to your church or a charity? If you’re looking for a fun way to raise some money for a good cause this summer, show your friends and family how sweet giving can be: Team up with Fannie May Chocolates to start the ultimate sunny-day fundraiser!

The Fannie May Fundraising Program gives you two great options to support the organization of your choice. With the Chocolate Bar Program, you can make a whopping 50% profit when you sell the unforgettably indulgent Fannie May chocolate bars. You can pick from any or all of these five rich milk chocolate flavors: classic, peanut butter, caramel, roasted almonds, and crisped rice. For just $1 per mouthwatering bar, your friends and family members will be lining up to contribute to your charity benefit … and enjoy some out-of-this-world chocolate! Here’s a sneak peek at how much money you could raise when you sign up for the Chocolate Bar Program:

Potential Earnings for Fannie May Chocolate Fundraising Program

If you want to give your donators the choice to pick and buy their chocolates themselves while still supporting your fundraiser, try the Gift Card Program instead! Our fundraising gift cards come in $5, $10 and $20 amounts, and they can be redeemed online or at any Fannie May store. Plus, your family and friends will love the fact that they can use their gift cards any time of the year! Here’s how the Gift Card program can help you make a 30% profit for your next big fundraising event:

Potential Earnings for Fannie May Gift Card Fundraising Program

Have a fundraiser coming up this summer? Tells us all about your cause!

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Artisan Summer Collection: Your Guide to Summer’s Most Perfect Flavors

Fannie May Artisan Summer CollectionWhen the mercury starts rising, nothing cools you down and reinvigorates your senses like the juicy flavor of fruit and the smooth deliciousness of chocolate. So when you’re lounging in the sun and find yourself craving a sweet escape from the heat, reach for a batch of Fannie May’s Artisan Summer Collection. These ultra-premium handcrafted chocolates are the perfect combination of summer’s most delectable fruits and the world’s finest chocolate. Here’s a guide to the rainbow of 12 revitalizing flavors that’ll turn a hot and sticky midsummer day into a day in paradise!

Fannie May Artisan Berry Yogurt ChocolateBerry Yogurt

These delectable summer berries are smothered in creamy vanilla yogurt and then dipped in smooth white chocolate.

Fannie May Artisan Pear Caramel ChocolatePear Caramel

Fresh crisp pear is draped in salted vanilla caramel and then covered in sweet milk chocolate.

Fannie May Artisan Cherry ChocolateChocolate Cherry

Just like a chocolate-dipped cherry, this bittersweet chocolate shell holds a sweet and tart cherry filling.

Fannie May Artisan Peanut Butter and Honey ChocolatePeanut Butter & Honey

A golden combo of creamy peanut butter drenched in sweet honey, all wrapped up in decadent chocolate.

Fannie May Artisan Orange Passion Fruit ChocolateOrange Passion Fruit

The fresh tanginess of orange and passion fruit collides with the sugary sweetness of Madagascar vanilla and white chocolate.

Fannie May Artisan Apricot ChocolateApricot

A sunny blend of fresh pureed apricots, a hint of vanilla, and buttery ganache, topped with luscious Swiss white chocolate.

Fannie May Artisan Roasted Pineapple ChocolateRoasted Pineapple

The exotic flair of fresh pineapple slowly cooked with brown sugar, cinnamon and butter, then enveloped in pure gourmet chocolate.

Fannie May Artisan Brown Sugar Banana ChocolateBrown Sugar Banana

Tropical bananas, cream and brown sugar are all dressed up in mouthwatering milk chocolate.

Fannie May Artisan Key Lime ChocolateKey Lime

Everyone’s favorite summer dessert captured in a heavenly chocolate truffle, with tart key lime shrouded in sweet Swiss white chocolate.

Fannie May Artisan Black Raspberry ChocolateBlack Raspberry

Ripe and juicy black raspberries are swathed in cream ganache before they’re plunged into a dark chocolate shell.

Fannie May Artisan Dark Chocolate LemonDark Chocolate Lemon

Fresh and zesty lemon harmonizes with swirls of creamy white chocolate ganache and a sweet dark chocolate coating.

Fannie May Artisan Strawberry Mint ChocolateStrawberry Mint

Red, succulent strawberries spiced up with a touch of fresh mint and encased in a velvety dark chocolate shell.

Tell us which summer flavor is your favorite … if you dare to pick just one!

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10 Gifts for the Perfect Last-Minute Easter Basket

Happy Easter BasketIt’s Good Friday, and the Easter bunny is mere hours away from making his big appearance. Haven’t filled up those Easter baskets yet? Hop to it! To help you get your last-minute Easter gifts ready in time, we’re extending our Fannie May store hours today and tomorrow, from 9 am to 9 pm. Plus, we’ve put together this quick gift guide so you can pick the perfect basket-stuffers for the whole family!

Extra Large Chocolate Nut Fudge EggExtra Large Chocolate Nut Fudge Egg

This gigantic half-pound Easter egg is filled with silky smooth chocolate and nuts, and then dipped in scrumptious Fannie May milk chocolate. The Easter bunny is gonna need an extra-big basket to carry this oversize treat!

Jelly Bird EggsJelly Bird Eggs

Pair up your jumbo chocolate eggs with these mini egg-shaped jelly beans. Small, colorful and deliciously chewy, they’re perfect for sprinkling into your spring basket as sweet, edible confetti.

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Just the right size for little hands to hold, these lollipops make a great gift for kids. But chocolate-loving adults will fall for their luscious chocolatey taste too! No one can resist that cute little bunny smile!

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Spice up your Easter basket with these sweet-and-salty pretzel treats, which are covered in velvety milk chocolate and then drizzled with Fannie May’s sugary white confection. They’re all dressed up in spring’s brightest colors, ready for the celebration.

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One of the best childhood Easter memories is peeling off that shiny, colorful foil to reveal the yummy chocolate egg inside. Share that same excitement with your friends and family, and drop a canister of foil-wrapped eggs into their basket.

8 Piece Cream Egg Box8 Piece Cream Egg Box

Know someone with eclectic taste in Easter chocolate? We have just the right treat for their gift basket! This box is packed with eight different flavors: vanilla buttercream, pink fruit and nut, peanut butter, chocolate nut, dark vanilla buttercream, dark coconut, raspberry and Trinidad.

Spring Mint MeltawaysSpring Mint Meltaways

What could make a better Easter basket addition than Fannie May’s world-famous Mint Meltaways, dressed in their Easter Sunday best? A bright pastel coating covers a silky chocolate center with just a hint of mint.

White Chocolate BunnyWhite Chocolate Bunny

Of course, no Easter basket is complete without a chocolate bunny! Add a classic touch to everyone’s gift with a with this pure white chocolate bunny. But hurry up and catch him before he hops away!

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Still can’t get enough Easter bunnies? The Milk Chocolate Bundle satisfies every chocolate lover’s craving with three 6-ounce chocolate rabbits! Perfect for everyone’s Easter basket, young and old alike.

10 Gifts for the Perfect Last-Minute Easter Basket

Milk Chocolate Foil Wrapped Bunnies

Want to mix things up this year? Delicious milk chocolate bunnies festively wrapped in foil make for the perfect addition to any Easter Basket.

Don’t have enough time to put together your own Easter basket? We’ve got you covered! The Happy Easter Basket already has our top Easter gifts, beautifully arranged in a personalized crate.

What else will you be filling your last-minute Easter baskets with this holiday?

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Hippity-Hoppity Chocolate Bunny Giveaway

Fannie May Chocolate Bunny

Fannie May Chocolate Bunny Giveaway

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How to Make a Thanksgiving Place Card Holder With Chocolate-Covered Cherries

How to Make a Turkey Place Card Holder for Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day, everyone! In honor of our favorite Thanksgiving bird, we’ll show you how to create handsome little turkeys out of Fannie May chocolate-covered cherries … and use them as a place card holders for your guests! They’re easy and fun to make, and your friends will gobble them up within seconds.

Materials

One box of Fannie May chocolate-covered cherries
One box of fudge-striped cookies
One bag of chocolate-covered malted milk balls
One bag of candy corn
One bag of chocolate chips

Directions

How to Make a Turkey Body Using Chocolate-Covered Cherries

  1. Lay one chocolate cookie down on a plate, fudge side up. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave and stir. Using the melted chocolate as “glue,” attach one Fannie May chocolate-covered cherry to the top of the cookie.How to Make Turkey Tail Feathers for Place Card Holder
  2. With the melted chocolate, attach about five pieces of candy corn along the top rim of another cookie, with the pointy part of the candy corn facing in toward the center of the cookie. Cool the cookie off in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened. The fan-shaped candy corn will act as the tail feathers of the turkey.How to Make Turkey Heads for Thanksgiving Place Card Holder
  3. Create the head of the turkey by using the melted chocolate to “glue” a piece of candy corn to the face of the malted milk ball. Cool the malted milk ball off in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened.How to Attach Tail Feathers to Turkey Body for Place Card Holder
  4. Stand up the ring-shaped cookie, with the feathers at the top, so that it creates a 90-degree angle with the cookie beneath the chocolate-covered cherry. With melted chocolate, attach the cookie to the back of the chocolate-covered cherry. Let it cool in the refrigerator.How to Attach the Turkey Head to the Chocolate-Covered Cherry
  5. Once the body of the turkey has cooled, use the melted chocolate to attach the head of the turkey to the top of the chocolate-covered cherry.How to Make Feet for Turkey Place Card Holder
  6. Cut two pieces of candy corn in half, horizontally. With melted chocolate, attach two halves of the candy corn at the bottom of the chocolate-covered cherry to create the turkey’s feet. Let the whole turkey cool in the refrigerator before serving.
  7. Place the finished turkey at the center of a guest’s dinner plate. Print out a name card, or draw one yourself, and stand it up next to the turkey.

And there you have it: an adorable little gobbler to welcome your guest to the Thanksgiving dinner table!

What other kinds of Thanksgiving crafts will you make with Fannie May chocolates?

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