Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Organic Almond Favors

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.

These little favors were put together by the wonderful women whose kids I babysit. She runs an organic snack company out of her home called Sweet Harlem Pop (because she started with popcorn). These are little favors that she put together for a friends wedding in Arizona. She was nice enough to let me have one as a sample for my own wedding. Not only are they adorable but the maple almonds are super yummy.

She even includes a sweet little poem which reads:

Sweet Harlem Crunch Almonds for thee
Herein sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet
Five special wishes for the new husband and wife
Health, wealth, happiness, children and a long life!

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