Best sweet tidbits for wedding favors?
I didn't find anything like this in the archives, so I'm hoping some of you can help me out! My fiance and I are getting married in SF (East Bay, technically) next month, and our top idea for wedding favors (fudge from Wilbur's factory in PA - we're East Coast 'hounders) fell through -- the fudge maker nixed it on the grounds that the fudge would dry out to quickly between when we would have to package it and when it would be opened. <sigh... it's really good fudge!>
So now we are looking for other ideas, preferably local to SF/Bay area, but we're not nearly as familiar with the baking/sweet scene out there. Does anyone have suggestions for small treats that would work well (can be packaged individually/in small portions without being ruined, etc.)? Bonus points if they are particular to the Bay Area, but not vital. (But not interested in ghirardelli, or any chain/mediocre corporate-basket-type stuff.)
Thanks very much for all the suggestions! Just wanted to follow up with the outcome and 2 more cents: we ended up going with Poco Dolce's caramels and ganache hearts, despite only sampling tiles beforehand -- we had that much faith based on the chocolates that they would be good. They were terrific.
My now-husband and I tried our various flavors of Poco Dolce tiles and Tcho squares out on some foodie friends and co-workers, and the verdict was unanimous. You can try the Tchos first, OK, not bad; then you have the Poco Dolces and there is no question. Try it yourself, it's fun :) FYI, for future seekers, we also got a recommendation for Hooker's caramels, which we weren't able to sample before we had to order, but received some afterwards -- good, especially for those who like their caramel more salted than not.
if it is not too late to suggest a few more things...
I can't think of a portable small sweet that is particularly tied to this area that would work as a wedding favor. It's It ice cream sandwiches would sort of fit the bill (being local, tasty, individually wrapped already), but are not so good as wedding favors unless you're going to give everyone mini freezers along with them.
So far as I can tell, this area is crazy about chocolate, coffee, cheese, and spices. We have many extremely fine and interesting chocolatiers. Since someone has already mentioned Tcho, I think they suit the "chocolate bar" end of things, so I would like to suggest a few on the "filled chocolates" end.
Chocolatier Blue (Berkeley) (beautiful chocolates with soft flavored fondant centers and nice sturdy shells that should package up beautifully
Xocolate Bar (Berkeley) (a little more "earthy" in theme and flavors, but also tasty truffles with stronger flavors than Chocolatier Blue. Their spicy ones can be quite spicy! Their molded solid chocolate shapes are dusted with iridescent glitter would pretty sturdy for packaging as favors. They also have vegan truffles that are pretty good if you want something with a definite Berkeley twist
Recchiuti (SF) (lots of filled chocolates but if you want a bit of nostalgia for your wedding favor, his s'mores bites seem like they'd work well. Pillowy fresh marshmallow on a caramelized graham cookie square, drenched in chocolate. They have wedding favor boxes too.).
I'm not a big macaron fan, but Miette's (SF/Oakland) macarons are more substantial and (I think) tastier than the beautiful puffs of colorful nothing I see most places. She doesn't use food dyes, and she leaves the skin on the almonds so her macarons are chewier and heartier. But still very pretty.
I put Sabores del Surs' alfajores in the wedding favor bags guests received as well as Claire's Squares. This was several years ago though. They seem to both have started out of La Cocina so you might want to check and see if there are new offerings through La Cocina as well. http://www.lacocinasf.org/