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Feb 10, 2009 10:19 AM

Valentine edible favor ideas... for 30?

Looking for ideas for edible favors for 30 or so... preferably not cookies or cupcakes.

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    1. When you say no cookies or cupcakes, do you mean nothing sweet or just something out of the ordinary?

      Savory: Ina Garten's roasted rosemary cashews or other spiced nuts. Cheese straws or cheese coins. Palmiers with tapenade. Roasted spicy chickpeas.

      Sweet: homemeade marshmallows (regular or pink peppermint). Truffles. Toffee or peanut brittle.

      These aren't necessarily inherently Valentine-y, but they are crowd pleasers and you could wrap in pink or red cellophane and tie with a Valentine-y ribbon.

      1. I know you said no cookies, but I like the macaron idea, as well. Valentine's Day is a day for sweets.

        Use a piece of edible gold or silver foil to decorate something little, like macarons, nuts, marshmallows.

        Salted caramels?

        Fudge sprayed with a little gold?

        Bouquet garni tied with red ribbon.

          1. Cherry jam? Frozen cherries ought to work, and you could use the 4-oz jelly jars to stretch it.

            There are lots of recipes for caramel sauce and chocolate sauce, but I think they need to be refrigerated, so that might not work for you.

            I found a nice spice mixture recently, not too hot, just aromatic, which uses paprika, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and at least one other thing. No salt. But spices are expensive and times 30 might be prohibitive.