Thursday, July 19, 2007

Jordan Almond Traditions

Lately, I have had a lot of requests to design favor tags that go on little packages of candy almonds for parties.  It could be a tag that attaches on those adorable 2" x 2" theme matching boxes or for those beautiful silk organza draw-string bags.  Either way, a lot of people are asking me why these little candies are so popular and why they seem to be at every event.  So I wanted to share the meaning of those little tough coated candies that I found on


White for weddings, silver for twenty-fifth anniversaries, sky-blue or pink for christenings, red for graduations, green for engagements... smooth, textured, spherical, oval, teardrop, heart-shaped... with centers of almonds... in party favors, flower arrangements, fruits baskets and other constructions of the confectioner's art and imagination. These are just a few of the myriad colors, tastes and shapes of Italian confetti, the little sugar-coated candies present at every important occasion in Italian life.

(A trend now is to order almonds in the color that matches the theme of your event)

Italian Weddings: Five almonds signify five wishes for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.

Greek Weddings: Sugarcoated almonds in traditional Greek weddings are called *koufeta*.  They are placed in little bags in odd numbers and are served on a silver tray.  Odd numbers are indivisible, symbolizing how the newlyweds will share everything and remain undivided.  Tradion holds that if an unmarried woman puts the almonds under her pillow, she'll dream of her future husband.

Middle Eastern Weddings:  Candy covered-almonds, considered aphrodisiacs, are always on hand (have too many and you may leave the reception early!).

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