The Tradition and History
of Chocolate Almond Drageés
Fresh almonds have a taste that you may be somewhat unfamiliar with – it’s rather bittersweet and according to traditions, represent life itself. Tradition also dictates that the sugarcoating added to the succulent nuts represents the hope that the newlyweds’ life will be more sweet than bitter.
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. We have a wide variety of shapes, flavors and colors available for our Milk Chocolate Almond Drageés, the little sugar-coated candies present at every important occasion!
The tradition of giving almonds and candied at weddings is one of cultural significance. It comes represented in many different cultures and nationalities, making it a nigh-universally accepted gift. To make it easier for you, we at Chocolateness have asked around amongst our customers and looked up different traditions to find exactly what the different things represent.
In the Italian wedding custom, five almonds signify five wishes for the bride and groom. These wishes are, in no particular order, health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity. The almonds decorate each place setting as favors, tucked into pretty boxes or tulle bags called bomboniere that are often personalized with the couple’s names and wedding date. It is a tradition with a rich heritage in both northern and southern Italy.
The Greek have a name for their sugarcoated almonds – koufeta. These are used in traditional Greek weddings and placed in little bags, numbered oddly and served on a silver tray. As the mathematicians among you know odd numbers are indivisible or more difficult to divide, symbolizing how the newlyweds will share everything and remain undivided. Tradition tells us that if an unmarried woman tucks the almonds under her bed pillow, she’ll dream of her future spouse.
Middle Eastern Weddings
Candy-covered almonds, or mlabas, are considered aphrodisiacs in Middle-eastern tradition – and nuts like almonds have been proven to be a very potent aphrodisiac. Traditionally, you will easily find candied almonds on hand at weddings and other important celebrations in Middle-eastern culture
In Germany and in German traditions, almonds have a more down-to-earth significance in that they represent and are believed to stimulate fertility. This is the reason that you will find almonds – particularly candy-covered almonds – at German weddings and receptions.
A Sweet Idea!
Milk chocolate almond drageés make great wedding favors. Wrap a cluster in tulle tied with ribbon, pack a few in boxes (made of sugar, straw, paper, metal, or plastic), put some of them some in decorative bags or pour a handful into champagne glasses or glass bowls. Attach a little card with a note explaining the almonds’ meaning (so guests know they’re not just an intermezzo between the salad and the filet mignon). With the right wording and accompanying explanation, almonds are, and should be, a central part of the food of the wedding due to the multitude of traditions associated with them in every conceivable western culture.
Consider using this poem:
Wedding Almonds for Thee
Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet
Five wishes for the new husband and wife –
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!
The different colors of the almonds suggests different things according to traditions. If you decide to couple almonds with your celebration, remember the following. Firstly, tradition suggests using five almonds for each guest, each almond representing one of the wishes for the bride and groom. One to signify health, one for wealth, one for longevity, one for fertility and one for happiness.
When it comes to colors, we’ve added an easily persuadable list for your convenience:
White Almonds – for Weddings
Silver Almonds - for 25th Anniversaries
Golden Almonds – for 50th Anniversaries
Blue or Pink Almonds – for Christenings and Baby Showers
Red Almonds – for Graduations
Green Almonds – for Engagements
One can of course mix colors a little to suit the Wedding’s theme, cultural background or favorite colors. Be sure to consult with us to find the perfect colors and almonds for your special event!
Please be aware that our chocolates are made in a facility that may process eggs, gluten (from wheat or barley), milk or milk products, peanuts, soy, tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, pecans and walnuts) or wheat.
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