Scrumptious Dessert Favors

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Edible favors are a fast-growing trend for a reason. Guests love practical gifts, and there’s nothing better than a delectable treat that will give them sweet memories of your celebration. There are also endless ways to customize them to suit your wedding, whether it be through personalized wine bottle labels or monogrammed gourmet chocolates. Here are some yummy ideas that will leave your taste buds wanting more.


 


Candy Candy Candy!


There’s more to candy favors than just your classic Jordan almonds and mints. Candy buffet tables are growing in popularity because of their variety and interactive presence, but it doesn’t end there. Make it more intimate by covering your favorite candy bar with a personalized wrapper. French sea salt caramels, decadent fudge, and artisan truffles are just some of many luxurious delights you can make your own. Want a more whimsical touch? Mini gumball machines and brownie lollipops will bring everyone back to their childhood. You can also play with sweet and savory by packing tins of kettle corn or candied nuts.


 


Cookie Monster


Sugar cookies with a customized design never go wrong. Love football? Show your pride with football, helmet, and jersey-shaped cookies with icing that matches your team’s colors. You can even attach the cookie cutters so that your guests can make spirited cookies of their own.


 


Bite-sized homemade chocolate chip cookies are always a crowd pleaser, and packaging them into cute little cookie jars will definitely bring smiles to your guests’ faces. For a more elegant touch, French macaroons with Madagascar vanilla bean buttercream, Italian orange-hazelnut biscotti dipped in chocolate, and honey lavender shortbread are sure to evoke oohs and ahhs. These classic cookies are also quite versatile and can work with just about any flavor profile.


 


Love is Brewing


Your guests won’t need to stop by their local Starbucks after the reception for their caffeine fix – indulge them with the finest Ethiopian coffee beans or an aromatic jasmine green tea sachet. Throw in little teapots or espresso cups for a drink on the spot. For a decaffeinated beverage, bundle together cinnamon sticks and an earthy apple cider mix, or hot cocoa with a plump homemade marshmallow. These drinkable treats will really warm their hearts.


 


Pop the Cork


Mini bottles of champagne, your favorite Riesling, or rich creamy Belgian ale can be customized with a label design of your own. Wrap it up with a nice flute or wine glass, and your guests will be sure to get the party started!


  


Seasonal Fruit


Whether or not your wedding style is eco-chic, using seasonal and local fruits are great ways to send your guests home happy. Show off that summer bounty with baskets of cherries and strawberries, or take a bite into fall harvest with caramel apples. Whatever you pick will not only be delicious, but also a healthy and green alternative to normal pastries.


 


Spread it Out


If you want your fruit to last, nothing says homemade like jars of your favorite spreads. Sample seasonal fruits with a summer berry compote, lemon curd, or apple butter. Introduce your guests to complex flavors with a pear-ginger chutney or a delicious pecan caramel sauce.


 


DIY


Who said edible favors can’t be “do it yourself” too? Send your guests home with treats they can create themselves. Dry mixes for muffins, cupcakes, or pancakes are fun and practical gifts they can use for a Sunday morning brunch. Bottled cocktail mixes or dry lemonade packets are great for lazy afternoons, and s’mores kits composed of homemade marshmallows, graham crackers, and decadent Valrhona chocolates are perfect for cold winter nights. Want to spice things up? Send them home with a test tube of your favorite spices, sugars, or sweet syrups for their very own DIY.


 


Minis


If all else fails, go mini. Just about everything in existence looks ten times cuter in miniature form. Petit fours draped in detailed fondant with candied flower petals can fulfill your guests’ wedding cake cravings late at night. If you thought cupcakes were small, mini cupcakes are blissful bites of heaven. Individual bundts drizzled with a rich glaze can also take the cake. Don’t want something so fancy? Handheld strawberry rhubarb latticed pies sprinkled with crystallized sugar will give your guests a taste of summer nights in the countryside. When it comes to any type of dessert favors, the smaller the better!

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Last Updated: November 7, 2008 at 4:56 am
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