Last week, my friend and professional food stylist Meg, of Ain't Too Proud to Meg, stopped by the office to show us how to make the movie candy board of my dreams. And, although I'm currently swearing off candy during the workday, I'll absolutely be diving into this come Oscars night (still figuring out this year's dress code after last year's "sweats and lipstick"). If you're looking for a way to elevate your Oscars viewing party or add some sugar to a date night in, look no further:
First, you want to start by gathering all of your favorite candy. Naturally, this was where my expertise came in handy... For this board, Meg and I went with Milk Duds, Sour Patch Kids, Red Vines, Junior Mints, Sour Straws, Swedish Fish, yogurt-covered pretzels, Bunch of Crunch, popcorn, M&Ms, Good & Plenty, Hot Tamales, Mike & Ikes, and Whoppers, for a perfect mix of gummy and chocolate.
Similar to placing cheese on a cheese board, you want to start with "grounding points," which, in this case, are ramekins filled with candy. Not only are they a great way to hold harder-to-stack items, like M&Ms or Mike & Ikes, but they also add height to the board.
Next, you want to add all the larger scale items to the board. Meg added a cute popcorn box to one side of the board before placing Red Vines (she opted for "jumbo twist" size since they're shorter!).
It's important to create visual interest wherever you can. For the Swedish Fish, they look best arranged in a "school," swimming off the board. Something as simple as a Sour Straw looks better when tied. Get creative and have fun—sometimes designs don't work with the material or the board, and that's okay!
Color placement is also vital to the balance of your board. Although the items are naturally close to each other, make sure the reds of the gummies are evenly dispersed and the whites of the pretzels and popcorn balance out. If you have too much color on one side of the board, it will look off.
Lastly, be aware of sizing. The tiniest, most difficult items to grab are best in the middle, stuck between more substantial pieces of candy. By breaking up textures, everything will naturally find a spot on the board.
As a final touch, fill out the space with any leftover candy so that the final result looks vibrant and over-flowing!
We aren't too precious about eating the candy with our hands in our office... but if you're serving it for a larger party, you may want to consider adding small plastic candy scoops in. These star cupcake toppers also added to the festivity and general theme of the board!
Thank you, Meg, for sharing your candy board secrets with us! You can follow her and her beautiful boards at @ainttooproudtomeg.
Speaking of the Oscars... in case you missed our Instagram Live, our Of The Month Club pick this is month is (drumroll please): The Farewell! We'll be announcing the date for our next Live soon—stay tuned! x
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