First Ask: Is this a Tong or a Scoop candy?
Larger or Individually Wrapped Candy – Your larger candies (such as gum balls, marshmallow twist/poles, twizzlers, sour belts, chocolate covered pretzels, etc), and all of your individually wrapped candies (such as mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, mini peppermint patties, Hershey’s Kisses, etc) should go in your taller, deeper and typically more narrow containers. Why? These are the types of candies best grabbed by tongs. Tongs match up better with taller and more narrow jars because they allow your guests to reach all the way down to the bottom of the container without having to tip the jar.
Small and Loose Candy – All of your loose and smaller bulk candy (such as sixlets, m&m’s, chocolate covered raisins, skittles, etc) should go in your shorter, shallower and typically wider containers. These are the types of candies best removed with scoops. If your guests need to use a scoop to take the candy, then the container needs to be short enough and wide enough to allow for your guests to use the scoop properly.
Candy Volume vs Jar Size – Another factor to consider is how much of a particular type of candy do you have versus how big the jar is that you are considering for that candy? When it comes to appearance and presentation, you want all your jars to appear filled. Typically, all or most of your jars and containers will be clear, therefore, the color and appearance of your candy is usually what creates the look and color pattern that you are after. So half filled, or barely filled containers, will be sure to kill your decor. Furthermore, in keeping with the law of symmetry we discussed above, it is usually best to put the same type of candy in both jars of a given set that are on either side of the table. For example, if you have two matching apothecary style jars placed in matching locations on either side of the table, it almost always looks best if they both contain the same type and color of candy. So here is the basic question – if you have two pounds of sixlets and decide to place those sixlets in your two matching apothecary jars, will you have enough to fill both jars? If not, that’s not a good match.
4 Simple Steps to matching Candy to Jars:
1. Separate your candy into two categories; Candy best retrieved with tongs, and candy best retrieved with scoops.
2. Separate your jars into two groups; Jars that work well will tongs, and jars that work well with scoops.
3. Now, look at the amount of each type of tong candy you have versus the volume sizes of the jars you have that work well with tongs. Keeping in mind the law of symmetry (meaning that you may have to fill two jars with the same type of candy), match up the largest volume tong candy you have with the largest volume set of tong friendly jars that you have. Then work your way down to the next largest amount of tong candy you have in the same manner, and so on. Keep in mind that largest volume doesn’t necessarily mean heaviest. Marshmallow poles, for example, take up a lot more space than mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, but the peanut butter cups are much heavier. In this process its volume that matters, not weight.
4. Repeat the same process in step 3 for all of your scoop type candy and jars.
For our DIY Kit customers, we always design your kit with these concepts in mind. When selecting jars for your kit we always ensure we give the right amount of tong type jars for the amount of tong type candy that you selected, as well as the right amount of scoop type jars for the amount of scoop type candy that you selected.
Hope this was helpful. If you have any questions about this topic, or if you would like to share your own tips or tricks about this topic, please leave a comment and we will do our best to address it.