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The Best Bulk Candy - 2021

Last updated on January 19, 2021
Best Bulk Candy

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Our Picks For The Top Bulk Candies

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Our Take
  Best Classic

Black Forest Gummy Bears Bulk Candy, 6-Pound

Black Forest

Gummy Bears Bulk Candy, 6-Pound

Overall Take

Juicy Party SnackThis bag of loose fruit-flavored gummies is sure to please at large gatherings.

  Best All-Around Pick

Airheads Chewy Full Size Bulk Candy, 60-Count

Airheads

Chewy Full Size Bulk Candy, 60-Count

Overall Take

Gluten-Free with FlavorThis variety pack of chewy bars is gluten free and great for outdoor snacking.

  Best for Families

Mars Full Size Chocolate Bulk Candy Mix

Mars

Full Size Chocolate Bulk Candy Mix

Overall Take

Mars' Greatest HitsKids of all ages will love this assortment of full-sized bars.

  Best Chocolate

Mars Chocolate Bulk Candy

Mars

Chocolate Bulk Candy

Overall Take

Great For KidsThese mini candies are great for a little snack or tasty dessert.

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Guide written by Tod Caviness
Last updated on January 19, 2021

Whether you’re planning ahead for Halloween, Easter or a birthday party, when you’re buying candy for a crowd, buying in bulk is the economical way to go.

No judgement if these treats are all yours, but let’s assume you’re buying for company. In this case, variety packs are a great choice to make sure all your guests have something sweet to graze on.

Of course, there’s a crucial difference between house parties and trick-or-treating. At parties, it may be easier to buy unwrapped candies that you can empty into a bowl. If you’re going that route, check to see that your bag can be resealed. Unwrapped bulk candy might last about 3 months, but that time frame dwindles much quicker if it’s left in an open bowl for days.

For Halloween, you will of course want to go for wrapped candy. The variety aspect is much more important here, since you never know what the neighborhood kids will like. You may also want to go for some gluten-free candies if parents ask for them. There’s a long list of specific brands you can find on gluten allergy websites, but in general you should be safe with gummy treats, Smarties and most Hershey chocolate bars.

Don’t be afraid to buy ahead of time if you find the right price. Wrapped candies last much longer than the unwrapped kind, provided they’re stored at roughly room temperature and humidity. Milk chocolate can last 7 or 8 months, while dark chocolate can stay tasty up to 3 years. Most hard candies and caramels will last up to a year, while Jolly Ranchers can remain sweet and edible almost indefinitely.

The Best Bulk Candies

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  Best Classic

Black Forest Gummy Bears Bulk Candy, 6-Pound

These loose gummies are not individually wrapped, which makes them perfect for loading into a bowl at parties. The texture is addictive for anyone who loves gummy treats, and the fruit juice flavor comes through. The package can also be resealed for freshness.

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Black Forest
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  Best All-Around Pick

Airheads Chewy Full Size Bulk Candy, 60-Count

Those with gluten, peanut or soy allergies can snack in safety with these wrapped candies. There's a variety of six flavors, including "mystery" bars for those who crave a little adventure. Since these don't melt, they're an easy option for outdoor lunches.

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Airheads
Model
3
  Best for Families

Mars Full Size Chocolate Bulk Candy Mix

This pack contains the best known candies in Mars' lineup. All are full-sized and safely wrapped for school lunches or snacking on the go. The mix of chocolates and chewy candies makes them sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth.

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Mars
Model
4
  Best Chocolate

Mars Chocolate Bulk Candy

Chocolate fans will get plenty of satisfaction out of this massive variety bag. Each candy comes in a bite-sized version, which makes them ideal for handing out on holidays. This is an economical way to please a lot of kids.

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Mars
Model
5
  Best Hard Candy

Jolly Rancher Individually Wrapped Bulk Hard Candy, 5-Pound

You'll find five varieties of fruit flavor in this five-pound bag. While not evenly dispersed, each one is sure to please any fan of hard candy. This is a treat you can take your time enjoying.

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Jolly Rancher
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Our Bulk Candy Buying Guide

Whether you’re planning ahead for Halloween, Easter or a birthday party, when you’re buying candy for a crowd, buying in bulk is the economical way to go.

No judgement if these treats are all yours, but let’s assume you’re buying for company. In this case, variety packs are a great choice to make sure all your guests have something sweet to graze on.

Of course, there’s a crucial difference between house parties and trick-or-treating. At parties, it may be easier to buy unwrapped candies that you can empty into a bowl. If you’re going that route, check to see that your bag can be resealed. Unwrapped bulk candy might last about 3 months, but that time frame dwindles much quicker if it’s left in an open bowl for days.

For Halloween, you will of course want to go for wrapped candy. The variety aspect is much more important here, since you never know what the neighborhood kids will like. You may also want to go for some gluten-free candies if parents ask for them. There’s a long list of specific brands you can find on gluten allergy websites, but in general you should be safe with gummy treats, Smarties and most Hershey chocolate bars.

Don’t be afraid to buy ahead of time if you find the right price. Wrapped candies last much longer than the unwrapped kind, provided they’re stored at roughly room temperature and humidity. Milk chocolate can last 7 or 8 months, while dark chocolate can stay tasty up to 3 years. Most hard candies and caramels will last up to a year, while Jolly Ranchers can remain sweet and edible almost indefinitely.

DWYM Fun Fact

There are those who love candy corn and those who can’t stand it, but there’s no denying its staying power as a Halloween staple. The treat has been around since the 1880’s — even before most Americans considered real corn a viable side dish. Back then, the Goelitz Confectionary Company marketed the curious candies as “Chicken Feed,” but the recipe has remained mostly unchanged for decades.

The Bulk Candy Tips and Advice

Unless it’s Halloween or you’re throwing a big get-together, bags of bulk candy are going to take awhile to get through. At some point, you might wonder how to store these treats for maximum staying power. Generally, the answer is simple: in the pantry, at room temperature. You might be able to freeze gummy candies and get a bit more life out of them. Just make sure you thaw them for a while before serving.

On the other hand, you may want to rethink that chocolate shelf in your fridge. Refrigeration won’t do much to extend the shelf life of your chocolates, and it might even make them taste worse. This particular treat doesn’t like too much variation in temperature and humidity, and that’s exactly what can happen once you take your chocolate out of the refrigerator. It can result in a telltale accumulation of sugar crystals on the surface of the candy, and that’s a sign that you’re in for a less-than-perfect bite.