Mardi Gras Candy Buffet Ideas!
Get ready people, Mardi Gras (or Karenval / Carnival, depending on what part of the world you’re in) is coming up quickly. Are you having a party? Did you know that candy is a HUGE part of this celebration? They don’t just throw beads from those floats, you know.
I was at a Karenval parade in Cologne, Germany a few years ago and nearly got decapitated by a 1/2 pound candy bar that got tossed frisbee-style from a float passing by. (Side note: this year we’re going to be in a small village in southern Spain for Carnival where the city has a children’s costume competition and parade for best “funeral mourner”, with other translations to “best little widow/widower” – can’t wait to see that!)
This is what Karenval / Mardi Gras looks like in Cologne:
Above photo credit: LiebesGermany.Wordpress.com
It’s craziness. Everyone in costumes. Everyone singing jolly, German drinking songs, everyone fully clothed (unlike in Rio and New Orleans where people are basically naked) because it’s freakin’ cold in Germany in February or March!
So, if you want to throw a kick-ass Mardi Gras or Karneval party here are some tips for a candy buffet.
First, Mardi Gras / Karneval colors are bright and primary – lots of reds, yellows, blues, greens. Costumes can be pretty over the top. In Germany in particular, there seem to be a lot of clowns. Like entire groups (8+ people) all completely dressed in the same clown outfits, red noses and all.
So based on the common colors and the over-the-top aspect of this annual celebration, we recommend bright, bold colors with some rainbow and assorted colored candies to give some variation.
Here’s what we mean:
Start with a base of red, blue, yellow and light green Sixlets. These amazing candies are not only delicious and eye-catching, but they come in enormous 10 lb. bags, so you can fill really large containers of these candies as the colorful foundation of your candy buffet.
Then mix in some assorted colored candy, gummy bears, Whirly Pops and candy necklaces and you’ve got yourself a Mardi Gras themed candy buffet!