I have a confession to make….before I began my real food journey I used to make and sell candy bouquets. If you don’t know what a candy bouquet is, it is like a flower arrangement, except it uses candy, or other small packaged snack foods instead of flowers. Kids absolutely LOVE candy bouquets….and so do men, and you certainly wouldn’t every think about buying a guy a floral bouquet! That business actually did pretty well, but once I started learning about real food, I just didn’t want to make and deliver candy bouquets filled with processed, junk filled candy all the time. I believe in moderation now. Once in awhile it is okay to indulge.
I still make bouquets on occasion, but now I typically try to use healthier options, such as individually wrapped organic chocolates and small snacks such as GMO free granola bars, fruit leathers, packages of nuts….well, I think you get the idea.
Candy and snack bouquets look really expensive, but you can put together a bouquet pretty inexpensively….and the best part is that they make very unique gifts that people love to get! I used to charge $25 for a mug bouquet like the one I show you how to make here. But I can actually put together a mug bouquet for $8-$15 depending on what snacks I include (organic snacks and chocolate cost more). In the demonstration bouquet, I used GMO free Kind granola bars and some organic fruit leathers. I paid $12 for all of the supplies for this bouquet.
And the best part is the you choose what goes into the bouquet, so you can customize it for those who may be dealing with any food allergies or intolerances!
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So, how do you make a candy bouquet?
You need to gather the following items:
Here is one place that you can find these items:
- Colored plastic tablecloth
- Bamboo BBQ Skewers
- Floral Foam blocks (these are the type that I use)
- Floral Pins (this is the brand that I use)
- Clear Packing Tape
- Curling Ribbon (love this brand…it curls really well)
- Fun Size Candy (you will do better if you can find one of these packs with multiple types of candy)
You can use colored tissue paper instead of the plastic tablecloths, but tissue tends to wrinkle and rip more easily and is more difficult to work with. Also, you can find colored plastic tablecloths at stores like Walmart and dollar stores for around $1.
You will need a container with some weight. Mugs work really well for smaller bouquets (which is what I used for this tutorial). If the container is too light, your finished bouquet will be too heavy and topple over. One solution is to weight down a lighter container. You can purchase balloon weights inexpensively at craft stores and party stores. You can find containers at dollar stores, discount stores, thrift stores, craft stores….you are really only limited by your imagination!
What you will do next:
And when I say that you don’t need for the squares to be perfect, I’m not kidding. Usually I get a combination of squares and rectangles and they all work just fine!
When cutting the foam, usually a steak knife will do. Once again, you don’t have to be perfect with this. Just look at my example above! It is good if the foam stick up above the top edge of your container just a bit. It makes it easier to pin the tablecloth squares!
Your container is ready so now you need to:
Pretty easy so far, right? Here’s what is next:
It is best to try to alternate colors when you are doing the above steps. And you can use more than just two colors. I’ve used as many as 5 or 6 colors before, when using a multi-colored container and it looked great!
I always purchase the long BBQ skewers, although there are several sizes. These can typically be found in the same aisle as the kitchen gadgets at your local big box store. If you need to shorten them while you are adding the candy or snacks to the bouquet, then all you need to do is to break the skewer (they break fairly easily).
Now all you need to do is to start sticking the candy/snacks into the floral foam and arrange your candy bouquet. You will want the candy at different levels….taller in the back and shorter in the front. You can adjust as you work.
Once you are done arranging the bouquet and it looks that way you like, then just use some curling ribbon (make sure you curl it!) and drape it over the bouquet. It just give your bouquet a little extra bling!
You can also take it one step further and wrap the bouquet in a cellophane gift basket bag. Tie the top with some more curling ribbon and curl.
One word of warning….although kids love these bouquets, they are NOT for really young children. The BBQ skewers and the floral pins are very sharp and can be dangerous for young children. They are definitely not toys!
Here is what the final product looks like!
To show you some of the large bouquets that you can do and to show you what they look like wrapped in a cellophane gift basket bag, just check out the bouquets that I did professionally below.