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Feb 24, 2005 10:56 AM

Edible Wedding Favors?

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I'm looking for ideas for an elegant, edible wedding favor. It could be a truffle, or a cookie, or something similar (I was thinking sweet, but I am open to ideas). Cost: around $5 each, with or without wrapping - we can do that ourselves if need be. Any ideas or experiences in the Bay Area?

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  1. I know this is kind of downmarket but you can order M&Ms in any color and put them in little net bags -- I was at a wedding that did this and they were so gorrrrgeous and vintage looking! Otherwise, XO Truffles in North Beach can, I'm sure, hook you up with something amazing.

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    1. re: Pointybird

      I did XOX truffles for my wedding favors. A selection of 4 or 5 in a little pink box I got on ebay. Very reasonable and popular. Can't remember the exact cost, but it was definitely less than $5 per piece.

      The M&Ms web site also lets you personalize all kinds of colors of M&Ms, which I like. Of course, there's only room for a few letters, but it's still pretty neat.

      Take a walk through the ferry building for some edible favor ideas, too...

      1. re: Alexandra

        Sounds like you've already gotten some great ideas, but here's one more. I got married 2 years ago in New York and we had a local woman make small pots of blueberry jam for the women, and vidalia onion chutney for the men. Of course, some men and women traded, but it was the best way of going half and half. We got really good feedback on these, and they travel well and last a while if your guests are coming from out of town. Someplace like Frog Hollow Farms in the Ferry Building would probably do this for you locally.
        The M & Ms sound cool, though.

      2. re: Pointybird

        in a similar vein to the M&M's.. we ordered dutch mints for our favors.. we wanted the jelly belly factory brand.. but it was getting pricey for hand-made favors... until we found

        you can bulk order all kinds of candy.. usually in 10 lb bag quantities... they also have fun "vintage" stuff too... like beeman's gum, etc. and it was literally half of the cost of ordering from the jelly belly factory direct.

        (found some clear acrylic boxes w/ custom printed ribbons on-line... was pretty inexpensive... and festive looking). one night of box stuffing and the favors were done!

        good luck1

      3. I received a box of 4 truffles from See's Candy at a wedding.

        1. Hi,
          My cousin used Truffles by Katia for her wedding favors and they were amazing. My husband and I noticed that all the guests were eating them right away and my cousin, being the picky bride that she was ;) was happy she got favors that guests enjoyed. Truffles by Katia is local and I think you can decide on the color of favor boxes and ribbon you want depending on your wedding colors. My cousin also received a complimentary box of truffles when deciding what flavors they wanted for the favors. I recall 2 truffles inside the favor box. You may want to contact her for prices...don't recall my cousin complaining about the cost and I know they were on a budget. Good luck with the wedding planning!


          1. Friend of mine had photo cookies as a wedding favor. The cookies held up just fine and it was not bad. Link below.

            Link: http://www.soundexpressiongreetings.c...

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            1. re: homecookin'

              Okay I didn't see the eligant part. Perhaps, giving out a photo cookie wouldn't be eligant.

            2. how about a drinkable one? we gave little sheer silver bags filled with dragon pearl jasmine tea. each of the bags was in a porcelain chinese teacup. we tied a little scroll with a brief history of the tea on each sachet.

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              1. re: vespaloon

                Where did you find all the components, and how much did it cost?

                1. re: bridetobe

                  I got the little porcelain cups at Kamei Restaurant Supply on Clement Street. To be honest, it's been almost 5 years, so I really can't remember how much things cost. I'm fairly certain the whole favor was less than $5 a piece, but I would check out the current pricing yourself. I can, however, tell you how/where I got everything. The little sachets were from "The Knot" website. They came on a big roll that you had to cut to detach the bag. I'm fairly certain I saw other similar items online at other party supply/wedding retailers, so those shouldn't be too hard to find. Got the ribbon to tie them with at Flax. My parents brought the tea from China, so I really don't have the cost on that. Maybe check online or other hounds might be able to help with Bay Area teas as my parents are my tea suppliers for day to day drinking, as well! (g) If you aren't familiar with the dragon pearl jasmine tea, it is little green balls that are hand-rolled. Once they are steeped, they unfurl and look kind of like really pretty sea weed. The tea is jasmine and very perfumy and delicious. Oh, I forgot to mention that they also brought a smaller bag of rosebuds (which could also be used to flavor the tea) so that each sachet got 3 or so buds. That made for a really pretty contrast. The little scrolls were printed on my own laser printer on some vellum-type paper that I got from flax.

                  We put them all together ourselves, so it was also a little labor of love. Good luck!

                  1. re: vespaloon

                    We also gave out tea. I'm Chinese American and we gave out something with its roots literally in China (I also work with tea). Because my husband is an O'Connell -- we made it Irish Breakfast tea. And because it was a celebration of love, we also included Passion Fruit tea. We put them in glass test tubes with cork stoppers (all the better to see the tea) that we got at a medical supply store. (I like the sachet idea, vespaloon!) We bundled them with heart shaped tea infusers (one per couple) and tied it all with a black rubberband, organza ribbon and a card explaining the tea with steeping instructions. It was most definitely a labor of love -- but we brought it in for around $5.00 per person. If you're in the Bay Area, I'm sure Chinatown will have value-priced loose tea.

                    Congratulations! There are some nice ideas here. I like the honey idea!

                  2. re: bridetobe

                    I've seen this done with little metal tins (clear lids)-with the little saying "Love is brewing". Bride & groom also hand made all the ceramic cups! It was beautiful and unique!