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WEDDING PRODUCTS AND SUPPLIES

Wedding favors are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests from the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony or a wedding reception.

The tradition of distributing wedding favors is a very old one. It is believed that the first wedding favor, common amongst European aristocrats, was known as a bonbonniere. A bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones. The contents of these precious boxes were generally sugar cubes or delicate confections, which symbolize wealth and royalty. (In this era, sugar was an expensive commodity and was treasured only among the wealthy. It was believed that sugar contained medical benefits).[citation needed] As the price of sugar decreased throughout centuries, the tradition of providing gifts to guests reached the general populace and was embraced by couples of modest means.

As sugar became more affordable, bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds. For centuries, almonds were commonly distributed to wedding guests to signify well wishes on the bridegroom’s new life. In the thirteenth century, almonds coated with sugar, known as confetti, were introduced. Confetti soon transformed to sugared almonds, which later evolved into the wedding favor for modern day weddings. Traditionally, five Jordan almonds are presented in a confection box or wrapped in elegant fabric to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the coated candy exemplify the bitter sweetness of a marriage.

Today, gifts to guests are commonly known as wedding favors and are shared in cultures worldwide. Wedding favors have become a part of wedding reception planning, especially in the United States and Canada. Wedding favors are diverse and usually complement the theme or season of the event. Classic favors can range from the classic sugared almonds or individual chocolates to candles and scented soaps. Modern gift trends include: CDs with the favorite music of the bride and groom, shot glasses filled with colored candy or silver picture frames with a photo of the couple. Gifts may also be personalized with the couple's names, initials or wedding date.

Who does not like a good wedding cookie---those scrumptious, crumbly cookies covered in powdered sugar? If you can't get to a bakery (or a wedding) to get a taste of one, why not run out to the grocery store and buy a box of Keebler's Danish Wedding Cookies.

Now, before you plunge onto one of these distinctive pink-colored boxes, remember that these are boxed wedding cookies. They will probably not taste like the homemade wedding cookies someone in your family may have once made, or remind you of the bakery-style wedding cookies fresh out of the oven. But, make no mistake, these Danish wedding cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth, and they possess a satisfying consistency and texture.

These wedding cookies are a little crunchier than most wedding cookies I have tasted. I have tasted mainly Italian wedding cookies---perhaps Danish wedding cookies are crumblier than what I have had. The Keebler weeding cookies are, in my estimation, a little softer than a regular Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookie---for anyone who may know about the consistency of that popular snack. Making these Keebler wedding cookies particularly sweet is the layer of powdered sugar in which they are coated. These cookies are best eaten over a plate, for they tend to drop small crumbs and sometimes light amounts of powdered sugar when eaten. That is, of course, when I eat these. Perhaps you are a bit tidier of an eater than I.

For all the taste in these wedding cookies, they will probably fall a little flat on the tongues of those who are familiar with bakery-fresh versions. Like any snack food modeled after a bakery favorite, processed versions often lack the body or dynamic flavor of the oven-fresh counterpart. But these wedding cookies are very tasteful and in every way is beholden to an authentic wedding cookie.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
             
 
             
 
             
 
 
 
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