Wares of Knutsford has launched a new shopping section for wedding favours, featuring mini sweet jars, bottles and pots. These days wedding favours are expected to feature a personal touch, which often involves the bride and groom coming up with their own ideas. These may involve handmade items or simply feature objects of interest relevant to the couple and the occasion.
Adult wedding favours in mini jars
A simple option involves filling miniature bottles with a liqueur – it’s colourful and delicious, but won’t be suitable for all guests. However few people are determined to turn down home made sweets in small quantities. Just decorate your jars prettily with labels and ribbons that fit in with the occasion and colour scheme.
Quantities make 50:
- 280g dark chocolate, chopped (go for good quality, 70% cocoa solids varieties)
- 284ml double cream
- 50g butter
Heat the cream and butter together very gently, stirring regularly, in a saucepan until melted and simmering. Pour into a large bowl with the chocolate and stir until it has all melted together into a smooth mixture.
At this stage you can add flavourings of your choice, separating the mixture into different bowls for the different flavours. Add a teaspoon at a time of Grand Marnier, orange zest and juice, coconut rum or a few drops of peppermint essence, for example. You can also leave the mixture plain. Leave to cool in the refrigerator for about four hours.
Use a melon baller to shape the truffles, finishing off with your hands (coated in oil to avoid sticking). The shaped truffle balls should be dipped in bowls of toppings of your choice to decorate – consider crushed nuts, desiccated coconut, cocoa powder or edible gold leaf. Alternatively, dip into or pipe over melted white and dark chocolate. Can be made up to a month in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
Wedding favours for children in mini jars
Unless you’re having an ultra civilised celebration with children excluded, you’ll need to think of an appropriate wedding favours selection for your junior guests. These are most easily contained within mini sweet jars, which will help the kids to keep their prize together both during the wedding and at home. Fortunately children are easy to please with gifts, so mini jars filled with a selection of sweets or small toys such as beads, plastic jewellery, colourful stickers, pens and pencils, jigsaw pieces or marbles should keep them occupied while the adults are enjoying a more sophisticated party.