Many candy companies produce specialty-wedding candies such as champagne bubbles, bride and groom shaped mints, and custom candy bar wrappers, but even the simplest confections can sweeten up your reception. Here are a few candy favor favorites:
- Chocolate dipped orange, raspberry, and peppermint sticks
- Lemon pearls and sour fruit balls
- Jordan almonds
- Parisian mints
- Saltwater taffy
- Gourmet caramels
- Floral candy sticks
- Conversation hearts
- Homemade peanut, almond or macadamia nut brittle
- Almond Roca
- Sugared ginger, grapefruit or mango
Once you have decided on your favorite treats, how do you go about wrapping them? There are as many ways to display candy as there are types of candy. When selecting a means for candy containment, consider the type of candy you are choosing and your wedding's theme. You may want to choose something your guests can reuse when the candy is gone. Examples of items that can be used to wrap your candy wedding favors include the following.
- Wrap in tulle or cellophane and tie with ribbon.
- Cellophane confection bags stapled, or tied with ribbon.
- Mason jars with a swatch of fabric on the lid and tied with twine, ribbon, or raffia.
- Cloth gift bags
- Plastic box containers
- Metal tins
- Wine glasses or champagne flutes
- Personalized fabric boxes
- Glass pitchers
- Gardening pots
- Flower vases
- Large seashells wrapped in tulle and tied with ribbon.
- Soap dishes wrapped in tulle or cellophane.
- Votives containing candy wrapped in tulle or cellophane.
- Wicker baskets
- Antique tea cups
- Cream and sugar pitchers
Whatever candy or blend of candies you choose for your candy wedding favors, do not be afraid to get creative with your packaging.
As for displaying your candy favors, use them in place of place cards on the reception tables, or arrange them on tiered candy trays or platters at the buffet table. You may want to include a poem, song, or quote with your candy favors as a sweet touch to your guests' sweet tooth. To include your delectable words, place your verse at the bottom of the container with the candy on top, wrap them around it in long paper strips, or tie them to the favor with ribbon, twine, or raffia.
If you decide to go with a candy buffet, select candies that are all white or match your wedding colors. Glass jars in various sizes allow for easy access and provide maximum visibility for your presentation. Place wooden scoops: natural, white, or dyed to match the colors of your wedding, inside the jars so your guests can dig in!