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Love Bites

Party favors that look good enough to eat—and you can

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  • Photo by Michael Hendrickson
    Nothing caters to a sweet tooth like homemade bonbons. Award-winning chocolatier Mary Leonard of Chocolat Céleste creates image-transferred chocolates with your color palette in mind. Order an assortment and then add custom gift tags with personalized messages for your guests.
    Bonbon ($3.50–$6, boxed), chocolatceleste.com
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    Cookies are a wedding favor mainstay, but these elegant concoctions by Stacey Gorman at Get Cookies are so well done—think sugary, melt-in-your-mouth surprises—that they can easily double as playful place cards.
    Cookies ($3–$6), getcookies.net
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    For a morning-after treat, send your guests home with the Twin Cities blend of Peace Coffee. The 100 percent fair trade, organic brew (whole or ground beans) can be customized with a label. Dare we say it’s as strong as your love?
    Coffee ($2.50–$8), peacecoffee.com
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    The masters at Vine Park Brewing Company provide everything you need to concoct your big-day brew. Head to the St. Paul shop about a month before your nuptials to mix and match ingredients. Allow two weeks for fermentation, during which you’ll create a personalized label. When you return, it’s time to fill, cap, and stamp your brew.
    Personalized beer bottles ($135–$195/12-gallon batch), vinepark.com
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    Tell your story in pictures—on cookies, of course. Let the pastry perfectionists at Denny’s 5th Avenue Bakery print your engagement pics on a sugary canvas for all to see. Or opt for his-and-hers cookies with snapshots from your past. These conversation-starter confections are sure to hit a sweet spot.
    Cookies ($18/dozen), dennysbakery.com
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    The only thing better than these sweet cake pops is their individual packaging. Design your own sticker or work with the creative geniuses at Cocoa & Fig for a label you’ll love.
    Cake lollipops ($24/dozen), cocoaandfig.com
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    We’re still not over the macaron madness that swept the nation in 2010. Why would we be, when Cocoa & Fig makes the best two-bite treats in town? Owner Laurie Pyle is happy to oblige brides with color-coordinated, boxed sweets—finished with a custom label.
    Macaron boxes ($18/dozen), cocoaandfig.com
  • A Minnesota classic, this bite-sized package of Funky Chunky mix will leave your guests with a true taste of the Twin Cities. Owner Ronni Feuer can customize our favorite sweet-and-savory surprise with a note to guests and color-coordinated ribbon.
    Funky Chunky ($3.25/package), from Gracious Gifts/ Funky Chunky, funkychunky.com
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    For a real showstopper, leave a freshly infused vodka bottle at each place setting. Choose varying colors and flavors yourself (it’s DIY time) to create a spiked something for everyone (of age, that is). Need a more budget-friendly option? Select cocktail bottles with smaller versions from specialtybottle.com. Bottoms up!
    Infused vodka ($115/six bottles), from Prairie Organic Vodka, phillipsdistilling.com
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    Cap your evening with a final sugar buzz. Wedding and event planner Amy Zaroff recommends this one: crunchy, chocolate-covered graham cracker goodness, with elegant lettering and delicate packaging to boot.
    Graham crackers ($3.25/package), also from Gracious Gifts/Funky Chunky, funkychunky.com
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    Wine? Check. Chocolate? Check. This delightfully drizzled bottle of wine is the perfect combination of two favorites. What guest wouldn’t love it?
    Chocolate-covered wine bottle ($12.95), from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, rmcf.com
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    Think outside the candy box and offer your guests something they can use again and again. Golden Fig owner Laurie Crowell will help you create personalized spices that speak to your relationship. A dash of sweet, a splash of spice—true love never tasted so good.
    Personalized spices ($2–$10/ bottle), goldenfig.com
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    Decorate your tablescapes with glittery letters boasting your new initials. You’ll tackle décor and treats in one budget-friendly swoop.
    Letters ($1.50 each), also from Gracious Gifts/Funky Chunky, funkychunky.com

Send your loved ones home with favors that look good enough to eat—which, thankfully, they are.


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