I need some small, square/rectangular, rainbow-colored candies.
March 14, 2014 9:49 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to recreate this rainbow mosaic cake
(by Cakes of Our Lives
in Melbourne), and need candies for the sides. The best US possibility I've found is these rainbow tropical gum tabs
from Sweetworks/Oak Leaf, but they seem to be available online only in bulk quantities, for use in mall gumball machines and the like. I need suggestions for either (1) other ways to source those chiclets (for instance, anyone know a large brick-and-mortar candy emporium that might be able to do a one-off mail order?), or (2) alternative brightly-colored square/rectangular candies that I could use to create the same effect.
posted by Bardolph to Food & Drink (26 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Per the cake creator (who very kindly responded to an email), the original candies are boiled lollies made locally in Melbourne. Obviously, we do have lots of hard sugar candy in the States, but that particular small, square, bright-colored type is one I'm not familiar with. It's also devilishly hard to google, since candies aren't usually listed by their shapes.
The Sweetworks tropical chiclets would seem to be a good alternative, but they turn out to be like some mythical abominable snowman of candies, referred to everywhere but completely impossible to actually pin down in person. I have pretty good search skills, and have been through every wedding candy buffet/ online candy site I could find; some stock the right kind of gum, but don't offer less than 25lb orders, and some offer small orders of chiclets but would have to special-order that particular variety with 1-2 months' delay. Creative phoning to local malls with gumball banks, etc., has also come up dry.
Other things I've already ruled out:
--Charms hard candies (too large and thick, kind of dark-colored)
--Regular 'ol fruit Chiclets (cake needs a full rainbow of colors, not just a few)
--Round rainbow candies like M&Ms, instead of rectangular (my daughter, who will be the recipient of the cake, went particularly bananas for the "looks-like-a-brick-wall" aspect of the final product)
Thus, I'm falling back on Metafilter's creativity: how else might I come by that gum? Alternatively, anybody have a line on Australian-style boiled sweets available in the US? Or failing that, what other candies might I use instead? I'm looking to spend $25 tops on this. Thanks so much, all!