Pink is the most popular colour for candy bars. The colour evokes whimsy, romance, love, nurturing, joy, beauty, elegance, sophistication, softness, celebration, affection, happy childhood memories. In colour psychology, pink is a sign of hope. It’s even been used as the wall colour for prison holding cells, because it’s believed the colour calms prisoners down. Some studies of the colour pink suggest that male weightlifters seem to lose strength in pink rooms, while women weightlifters tend to become stronger around the colour.
It’s a powerful colour for sweet treats, too. Somehow, pink candy just seems to taste better.
DIY bride’s white and pink candy buffet ideas
With many variations in complementing hues, it’s also an easy colour to co-ordinate for a candy bar. Here’s the result of a bride’s initiative with a little help from her friends and advice from Candy Bar Sydney. A DIY candy buffet so pretty in pink! Anna rang Candy Bar Sydney co-owner Kelly to talk over the design for her wedding day reception, and sent her pictures of the glass lolly jars she planned to use.
Kelly advised her on what type of lollies would look and taste best. The choice includes white, cream and a dozen shades of pink, from blush to rose, vivid to pastel. As for taste and textures, the selection covers creamy, zingy, floral, crunchy, melt-in-the-mouth.
- Heart marshmallows
- Light Pink Mini Jelly Beans
- White Mini Jelly Beans
- White Chocolate Covered Raspberry Bullets
- Allen’s Milk Bottles
- White Chocolate Beans
- Pink Chocolate Beans
- 20 x light Pink/White Rock Candy Lollipops
- 20 x Pink/White Rock Candy Lollipops
- Pink Piglets
- Musk Sticks
Pink is a natural match for flowers. Anna and her friends added simple arrangements of white and yellow daisies, and pink chrysanthemums which mirror the shapes of the hanging pom poms.
Here is more of Kelly’s work for another pink candy buffet ideas for a wedding, with subtle variations in colour, and using lots of white, to make each item stand out against the tablecloth. Kelly has used a medium white cake stand and stacked a smaller one on top to display the delicious macarons. Simple dishes of Dark Pink Mini Jelly Beans are eye-poppingly vivid.
Candy Bar Sydney has 10 different shades of pink jelly beans, including Strawberry Cheesecake with speckles of red. Gimbals Cherry Lovers are heart-shaped red, pink and white. Then there’s Ice cream Parlour Mix, which combines other colours such as speckles of red, chocolate, cream, butterscotch and pastel green, although pink has a way of always being the star.
Part of pink’s versatility is that it looks equally as effective with paired with gold or silver. In this vintage candy buffet a glass jar full of White Chocolate Jewels coated in mainly pink and multi-coloured hundreds and thousands, looks very effective next to the Blush Teapot by Cristina Re, which has a gold handle and spout, and is crammed with sugar-coated zingy-tasting Britecrawlers in pastel colours. Candy Bar Sydney also has the milk jug and sugar bowl to match.
When to hold the pink
When it comes to pink and cakes for candy buffets, there’s a case for elegant restraint. Unless you’re five years old. For example, cupcakes are bigger than bite-sized macarons. A vanilla-flavoured cupcake with pink accessories is a better balance, rather than a pink cupcake with pink frosting on a pink plate. This pink three-tiered cupcake stand holds 24 standard-sized cupcakes. Martha Stewart cupcake wrappers add a festive look, on a plain, white cake plate. Tip: Wrappers are also useful for hiding those not-so-perfect cupcake shapes. You don’t have to bury mistakes in mini mountains of icing.
Would you wear red and pink together, or decorate your house with those colours? I doubt it. Those colours often clash, and loudly. It’s enough to make pink blush. Or see red. But using them in flower arrangements and food are exceptions. Bold examples: Sherbet Lollipops in pastel pink, yellow and blue hold their own against Strawberries and Cream; and Strawberry Loopy Doopy Sour Strings, and Piglets are a gentle foil opposite those attention-stealing Strawberry Clouds. Yes, I know we seem to have a berry familiar theme happening here. But I’m tickled pink about it.