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Candy is dandy; Sweet way to customize a wedding buffet.

Byline: Barbara M. Houle

A candy buffet is the way to go if you're looking for a fun and tasty way to personalize a wedding.

Whether you call it candy buffet, candy bar or candy table, scooping sugary confections at a wedding reception is a hot trend, according to Lauren Mace of Hardwick, who, with Ruthie McDonald of Greenfield, owns Eutopia Events, a wedding and event planning company in Gilbertville.

"Candy buffets have been around for a while," said Mace. "We're just now seeing more of them."

One of the reasons for the popularity of a candy buffet is that it is unique. Candy can be customized to the theme and color of an event, she said.

It's a sweet experience that wedding guests don't soon forget. Especially when the candy has been matched to the color of the bridesmaids' dresses.

While some couples choose a candy buffet instead of a traditional wedding cake, others use the candy as wedding favors.

The sugary treats run the gamut from retro and nostalgic to specialty confectioneries. Sometimes tiny cookies and chocolate-covered pretzels are included in the mix.

There's no shortage of candies to choose from, Mace said, and the bride and bridegroom usually select five or six candies that they like.

"If a bride hates licorice, you can bet it won't be in a candy jar," she said.

Mace uses large apothecary jars, special design labels and colorful ribbons to help personalize a candy buffet. Guests scoop their favorite sweets into embellished candy bags.

Mace grew up in Holden. She and McDonald are both graphic designers. "We concentrate on every detail of an event," said Mace. "Big and small."

Tessa Dagger of Warren and her husband, Chris, who own Cakettes Coffee Shops in Warren and Leominster, have their own take on a candy buffet.

Their company specializes in Cakettes, small, decorated ball-shaped cakes that are made in a variety of flavors.

"Cakettes are our interpretation of a truffle," said Dagger. "They are unique."

Dagger said she recently made Cakettes for a wedding reception and "dressed" each one to resemble a bride and bridegroom.

The desserts can be as whimsical as you want, she said. They can be included as part of a candy buffet, or presented on their own.

Seasonal Cakettes include Pina Colada, a yellow cake blended with coconut and pineapple rum and Apple Nut, a yellow cake with walnuts, cinnamon and allspice and flavored with an apple oil.

Cakettes are coated in a vanilla or chocolate glaze and intricately decorated.

The Daggers opened the Warren store in 2009, and Leominster, several months ago. A caterer in Los Angeles uses and sells Cakettes, according to Dagger.

"We pay special attention to detail and trends," said Dagger about the business.

"People today want party favors that are different from the rest."

For more information on Eutopia Events, call (508) 735-1701 or visit www.eutopiaevents.com; for Cakettes Coffee Shops, visit www.iwantcakettes.com. The coffee shops are located at 14 Milton O Fountain Way in Warren and at 38 Spruce St. in Leominster.

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CUTLINE: (1) A selection of Cakettes - small, decorated cakes that are made in a variety of flavors by Cakettes Coffee Shops in Warren and Leominster.(2) Cakettes for a wedding reception are "dressed" to resemble a bride and bridegroom. (3) A selection of candy, matched to wedding colors, by Eutopia Events.

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