Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A Sweet Spell Cast on Wedding Treats

I love candy. I love candy I love sweet goods. In what may sound like a dentist's nightmare, you just can't go wrong with candy. As gifts, they're the safe (i.e., perfect) choice. You just know that it will get eaten unless the person has diet issues. But, when searching around the web for the first time, the task of searching for candy as a little treat or party favor for your wedding guests can turn into the twilight zone.

Jordan Almonds

To help you understand the wedding candy vernacular, let's start with the most infamous one. You know it or may have heard of it. Yes, Jordan almonds - those almonds from Jordan. Actually, they're not really from Jordan as everyone would readily think. They pretty much share the same story as fortune cookies. They're not really from China as a lot of people would believe - they got their beginnings in San Francisco. Anyways, back to the almonds. A little research on the web should clear this up. According to the FDA, Jordan almonds can be any candy-coated almonds. Its name is applied as a common or casual name. There is also speculation that perhaps the origin of the name stems from almonds being grown along the Jordan River. Another possibility is that the "Jordan" may have been derived from the French word "jardin" meaning garden. In conclusion, either arguments seems convincing. Nowadays, Jordan almonds come in numerous colors: gold, silver, white, pastel green, etc. With the gold and silver ones, some come as just a foil-wrap, so be aware of the difference.



Let's start off with the literal translation of the word - meaning "of no equal" or "without equal." Depending on what side of the kitchen you belong to, they almost look like tiny sugar sprinkles or confectionery balls that are used for decorating a variety of desserts from cakes to chocolates. The more common understanding of "nonpareils" is that they are thin wafers of chocolates covered with colorful sugar sprinkles. You can also find them in a white chocolates variety. You've probably seen them laying around at the baking or chocolate section of your grocery. Lastly, if you're a "lit-freak", the primary definition of a "nonpareil" is an individual of unequaled excellence, which actually makes sense when you look at its etymology (from Webster's).


Holland Mints

Are they from Holland? Yes and No. The "yes" part has more to do with where they were made first. While the "no" part is that the most famous ones are actually manufactured in California. However, the company (Marich Confectionery) that makes them is of Dutch origins. If you have never seen them, you will probably notice them now. They come in a colorful sugar coating of chocolate with a creamy peppermint center. For mint and chocolate to paired in any form is divine, so be on the lookout for these curious confections in marble-shapes and in colors of white and pastel green, purple, and green. Check out the article from the Nibble.


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