Yesterday we gave you the history of wedding favours and told you why it was so important to have them. However, many bridal budgets can’t stretch to traditional alternatives such as picture frames and candle holders so we’ve put together a few simple steps to help you make your own traditional and symbolic favours.
Step one: Sugared delights
Yesterday we told you that the traditional sweets handed out at weddings were sugar cubes. Later on these evolved to sugared almonds. To make your sugared almonds you’ll need 1 pound almonds, 1 egg white, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp almond extract.
Step two: Get toasting
Preheat your oven to around 200 degrees celcius and then spread your almonds out onto a baking tray. Turning them every 3-4 mins for 20 mins.
Step three: Get beating
While you’re waiting for the almonds to cook beat the egg white until soft peaks form. While your doing this slowly add in the sugar as well as the vanilla and almond extracts.
Step four: Bring it all together
Once the mixture is done and the almonds toasted, add fold these into the egg whites making sure each one is coated before putting them on a tray to set. Once set the almonds will take on a pretty chalky appearance. However if you want different colours, visit your local craft shop for special metallic dying paints.
Step five: The packaging.
You can either choose to present these favours in a box with some tissue paper. Favour boxes can be bought in flat packs from many favour shops and Ebay, and will cost on average £10 for 50. However, you then have to consider the exterior decoration and whether you want bows or flowers. If you don’t want this hassle then another means of packaging are organza bags. Again these can be bought from the same places as boxes for around the same price. Or you could make your own. We’ll tell you how on Monday.