Friday, February 27, 2009

A simple wedding favor - french truffles!

Wedding favors are always something where you will see a wide variety of items. Some couples will give you seeds to plant, or a cute candle, or a heart shaped cookie cutter, or homemade rosemary infused oil, or personalized coasters, or a mini frame, or will donate to a charity on your behalf, or decide not to give out favors at all. The candy buffet has become very popular nowadays as well, where people can bag their own favorites and take home a little treat.

For my own wedding, I probably thought of everything imaginable, and in the end, decided to do truffles! Usually, edible wedding favors are always a hit with guests!

I knew that truffles were actually quite simple to make, but back when I was planning my own wedding, I had never made truffles before, and didn't want to have to make and store 600 truffles in the few days before the wedding for the first time! So, I ended up buying french truffles in bulk! I wanted each favor to look like a little present at each guest's placesetting, so I packaged four truffles in brown candy cups, in a chocolate box, all wrapped together in fuschia satin ribbon. I also added a little brown tag with "love is sweet! thank you for coming!" handwritten in white ink. There were also hand punched bite marks at the end of each tag.


The last photo is the final result: the favor at my wedding, taken by BKB Photography. I was really happy with how everything coordinated, with the napkins, the menus, and the chocolate colored linens. The truffles may not have looked very fancy, but they tasted great!

Recently, I made truffles for the first time, and they were delicious! I got the recipe from Miss Spring Roll on weddingbee.com, and they were very easy to make.

Chocolate Oreo Truffles

36 Oreo cookies (almost a whole box)
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
1 large bag (24 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
Sprinkles (optional)

Finely crush Oreo cookies (I place them in a large Ziploc bag and crush using a rolling pin). In a large bowl, mix Oreo cookies and cream cheese until well blended (I use my hands for this). Shape mixture into 1 inch balls. According to package directions, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips. Dip balls into chocolate (I use a fork for this) and place onto wax paper. If desired, top with sprinkles for color. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Place truffles into small muffin cups; serve on a platter or in individual truffle boxes. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

** TIP! before dipping into chocolate, I put the shaped balls into the refrigerator for a couple of hours to make the dipping process easier!

Doesn't that end result look like a store bought truffle? If I were to do it all over again, I might be tempted to have boxed homemade truffles as favors!

If you need help with brainstorming ideas for favors to fit your wedding style, or want help with picking out the perfect packaging, email me at info@pinkorchidweddings.com.

~Emilie

4 comments:

Myra said...

Hi Emilie,

Did you remove the cream between the oreo cookies? Thanks.

Myra

Pink Orchid Weddings said...

Hey Myra,
Nope! Keep everything in the oreo cookies =)

~Emilie

aznk048 said...

Hello,

I love the way you made your truffles. but how did you make the chocolate coating?...

-cynhia

Pink Orchid Weddings said...

hi! after dipping them in chocolate, and the coating hardens, take some leftover melted chocolate and put it in a little zip lock bag, then cut off a little piece of the corner, so you can pipe on some designs onto the truffles.