Rare Candy

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The candy dish, while not rare in the office, is often undervalued. Yes, it’s candy in a dish on your desk. It’s not terribly complicated, but for a very sustainable cost, is fills 3 important roles:

  • It adds color
  • It invites people to come to you
  • It provides a mini break

Many office environments are still rather dreary with widespread uniformity, muted colors, and an over abundance of gray and beige. If you work in an office space which hasn’t been updated in the last 5, 10, or 20 years then you’re likely dealing with even more spirit-dampening environmental factors. Making little changes to create a space tailored to you will improve your attitude and help combat the impact of the inevitable stress which the work day will bring. A candy dish will help you, and it will extend the day-brightening impact to the people around you.

Offering a selection of candies will make your dish appealing to a wider range of people, which will bring more people to you. While this may sound like it’ll add interruption to your day, the exchanges will often be short (unless you’ve got too many chatty co-workers), and it will give you a nearly zero-effort way to connect with the people around you. That will give you the opportunity to give them quick updates or ask quick questions without sending emails or spending the time to leave your desk.

The candy itself will give you a chance for a mini break, and it extends that offer to those around you. Taking a moment away from situations which may have you overwhelmed will give you an opportunity to reset and re-center. For your coworkers, it’s a chance to step away from their desk.


  • Get a visually engaging dish.
  • Include fruity candies and chocolates
  • Get a selection of sweet, salty, bitter, rich, spicy, and sour
  • Consider the dietary restrictions of your coworkers

Candy Suggestions
Variety is key.
There are many bags which include several different candies. Get 2 or 3 and mix them together. Successful candies include:

  • Hershey’s Miniatures
  • Hershey’s Nuggets
  • Dove Promises
  • Hi-Chew
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Lemonheads
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Nerds

Some of the above are vegan-friendly (Lemonheads, Sour Patch Kids), but other good options are Skittles, Swedish Fish, Sweet Tarts, Twizzlers, and Airheads. If there are low-carb dieters with a sweet tooth in your office, you’ll have to work a bit harder to find candies they can eat that won’t wreck their diet – especially since not all sugar-free candies are safe (many of which may interfere with your Keto-friends’ ketosis). If you don’t want to do a lot of searching, an 85-90% dark chocolate tends to be a decent offering

The most important thing to remember is that it’s candy – have fun with it!