Candy Wedding Favor Ideas
If you want something sweet for your favors, try some of these great ideas for packaging every sort of candy imaginable.
It's tough to find a wedding favor that guests crave more than candy. Whether dragées, chocolates, caramels, taffy, or gummies, you pretty much can't go wrong with gifting your guests something sweet for the trip home. Need convincing? Get inspired by these deliciously creative candy favors.
Pretty Candy Wedding Favors
These tasty takeaways are so beautifully presented, your loved ones will feel extra, well, loved.
Details (clockwise from top): Agave quinoa sesame in milk chocolate bar, $7.50, JCocoChocolate.com; passion fruit marshmallows, $14/dozen; Sweetniks.com; lavender lollipops, $12 for 6, Sweetniks.com; lavender fleur de sel and honey-vanilla-bean caramels, $6 for 10, CalabasasCandyCo.Etsy.com; Les Cinqs Amandes mimosa pure pearls, $18 for 1.7 oz, The5Almonds.com; Les Cinqs Amandes chocolate dragées, $14 for 4.2 oz, The5Almonds.com; Kubli violet candies, $63.50 for a dozen 5.3-oz jars, CrossingsFineFoods.com; Les Cinqs Amandes classic chocolate carré, $2.75 each, The5Almonds.com.
Chocolate Candy Favors
Upgrade your foil-wrapped chocolates as favors by packaging them in gold-dipped muslin bags. Not only will your guests love the chocolate, they can continue to use the chic bag for anything!
Gold Dipped Muslin Bags, $10 for 6, papersource.com.
Lucite Dessert Display
A candy buffet this eye-catching isn't just guaranteed to give guests a sugar high—it also looks like it's floating on air. That's thanks to the see-through acrylic holder that put the spotlight on the treats themselves. Pick up several types of candy and desserts that satisfy your palate—and palette: The transluscent presentation needs color to pop!
Marshmallow Sandwich Favors
Offer a favor as delicious as your sweet love: Malvi marshmallow sandwiches with a personalized label. Choose from among five flavors including vanilla salted caramel and raspberry hibiscus.
The Details: Malvi marshmallow sandwiches, $4 per 2-pack, MalviMallow.com.
Grown-Up Lollipop Favors
Ain't love the sweetest thing? Keep that feeling going by sending guests home with gorgeous grown-up non-alcoholic lollipops, in champagne (left) and cherry blossom (right) flavors.
The Details: Champagne-flavored lollipop, $13.50 for 3, and cherry blossom-flavored lollipop, $30 for 3, both from ASecretForest.Etsy.com.
Traditional Wedding Candy Favors
If you're Italian, it only makes sense to honor the Italian tradition of giving five Jordan almonds (or "bomboniere" as they're known") to signify health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity. Though typically a tulle bag is used, this bride and groom opted for a muslin option stamped with "grazie" as a token of thanks for all of the guests.
His and Hers Wedding Favors
Colorful Candy Favors
Whatever candies you choose, keep them on-palette, like this bride and groom who offered cotton candy-flavored rock candy and Jelly Belly champagne bubbles from OhNuts.com in clear favor boxes that coordinated with their wedding décor.
Homemade Caramel Favors
To honor the groom's grandmother, who had passed away when he was young, the groom's mother made her homemade caramel recipe. The couple packaged the sweets into foil-stamped favor boxes with a photo of the groom and his grandmother inside.
Festive Candy Favors
Muslin sacks rubber-stamped with either "naughty" or "nice" held peppermint sticks and peppermint-chocolate bark at this December wedding. A nearby sign read, "Please conduct a brief self-evaluation of your behavior this year, and choose one accordingly."
Saltwater Taffy Favors
These little favor baggies were a thoroughly sweet treat—thanks to saltwater taffies inside and a sweet printed note (yum) on the outside!
Candied Apple Wedding Favors
For a fall wedding, what better wedding favors than caramel apples?
On-Theme Candy Favors
Sugarpova gumballs served as a fitting favor for this tennis-themed wedding. A deck of racket-adorned playing cards completed the gift.
Candy Favors in Mason Jars
We love the idea of packaging candy in jars for a cute, affordable favor. Truffles from Momofuku filled the to-go containers at this wedding.
Cotton Candy Wedding Favors
Your friends and family will feel like kids again when they receive these cute cotton candy favors.
Country Candy Wedding Favors
Horseshoe lollipops labeled "Hitched" are a super cute way to incorporate a country-Western theme at a rustic wedding.
Lemon Drop Wedding Favors
Invite guests to pucker up with sour candies.
Unique Candy Favor Packaging
Upgrade your candy wedding favors with a simple piece of fabric, either cinched around a cellophane bag or stapled on the fold.
Candy Cone Favors
Create opalescent candy cones consisting of Pearl White mini milk chocolate balls, iridescent film, metallic opal paper, and ribbon.
The Details: mini milk chocolate balls, $24/2lb bag, CandyWarehouse.com; Pacon iridescent film, $10.75 for 12½ ft, DickBlick.com; metallic opal paper, $13.50 for 1-3 packs of 50 sheets, PaperPresentation.com; ribbon, price upon request, MobukaNY.com.
Fun Candy Favor Wrapping
Sometimes, it's all in the presentation. Roll up your favorite sweets (we used almond dragees) in colorful tissue paper, position a strip of sequins down the center, and cinch the ends with a length of thin string for a fancy take on candy wrapping.
Cookie-Candy Hybrid Favors
Can't decide between cookie favors or candy favors? Our modern version of the classic "stained glass" cookies is a happy medium.
Escort Card Candy Favors
Filled with raspberry gum drops and topped with envelopes containing table numbers, these boxes double as escort cards and wedding favors.
Candy Favor Display
Set up a candy bar and let guests choose their own sweet sendoff. This framed heart mosaic is made with gum (!)—an inexpensive way to liven up a blank space—and the vessels are filled with sweets.
The Details: Specialty candies from Dylan's Candy Bar, price upon request, DylansCandyBar.com; letter pops, 3 for $13, VintageConfections.com; yellow and pink jawbreakers, price upon request, Kidz Confections, 888-452-9547.
Candy Ring Wedding Favors
You exchanged rings, now give your guests a similar token that's actually a treat!
Wrapped Variety Box Favors
A variety of colorful candy in clear rectangular boxes, wrapped with translucent paper, makes for stylish favors.
The Details: Glerup acetate boxes (T109), $0.75 each, Glerup.com; 3 1/2mm ribbon (ER1540), price upon request, MokubaNY.com; Translucent paper, from $10.50 for 50 pack, PaperPresentation.com; Lavender rock candy, from $7/lb, crystallized ginger from $6/lb, and champagne gumdrops, $10/lb, all TheSweetLife.com; Haribo gummi peaches (C100857), $19.50 for a 5lb bag, CandyWarehouse.com.
Lollipop Favor Spread
A spread of lollipops encourages guests to tap into their inner child.
Sitting alongside a bowl of chocolate pennies, these his and hers grab bags are arranged on risers for guests to choose from.
Personalized Candy Favors
Maple Sugar Candy Favors
Maple sugar candies are a melt-in-your-mouth local specialty sure to be gone before the last dance. Transform a store-bought box of candy by replacing the lid with a paper band printed with a personal message (leave the shrink wrap intact). Finish with a yarn bow.
Candy Tube Favors
Humble supplies can take on an elegant air: Monogrammed stickers and crepe paper decorate clear plastic tubes filled with champagne-bubble candies. They're then piled into a glass compote around a smaller compote of crepe-paper flowers.
Candy Rock Favors
A novel favor in a Rocky Mountain state is a bag of little "rocks:" actually nuts, dark chocolates, and dried apricots coated with a sugar shell, from MarieBelle. To echo the rustic motif, we used muslin pouches. Each sack was labeled using a custom rubber stamp.
Candy Olive Favors
Echo the rustic olive theme of your wedding-day appetizers with chocolate "olives" bundled as favors for guests to take home.
Lobster Lollipop Favors
Guests are sure to grin when they receive a pair of bright-red lobster lollipops, playful versions of a seaside icon, from Ju-C Suckers. We tied them together with a blue gingham ribbon and attached a custom-stamped hang tag. The good news: no plastic bibs or drawn butter required.
Peekaboo Envelope Favors
Framed windows allow a look-see into these fanciful paper packets filled with jelly beans. The envelopes are inexpensive and easy to customize; all you need is a craft punch and rubber stamp.
Saltwater Taffy Favors
Saltwater taffy, a popular souvenir of Atlantic City, is shore to be a crowd pleaser, even if you are nowhere near the boardwalk. Deposit the candies (these are from The Original Fudge Kitchen) into a cellophane bag and secure with a satin ribbon, looping it through an oval-punched label stamped with a greeting.
Chocolate Fish Favors
A whimsical wedding-day catch, this trio of chocolate fish is designed to be pinned up on a board at the reception. The foil-wrapped critters (from Chocolat Michel Cluizel Paris) are strung on embroidery floss; the label is a simple hang tag.
For a two-tone effect, we swapped the lids of brown and blue boxes and tied on coordinating ribbons. Clip-art drawings of leaves and nuts grace the labels. Simply add your favorite candy and you've got an instant favor.
Chocolate Bar Favors
Old-fashioned nature-theme wrappers transform trail-mix chocolate bars from Coco-Luxe Creations into unique mementos. We replaced the sleeves on the foil-wrapped bars with computer-printed ones depicting elk, trout, native plants, and evergreens (the images came from clip-art books; some have accompanying CDs of the images). We added the names of the bride and groom, the date, and the location, and printed the labels. Pile the bars in large wicker baskets or trays for guests to dig into when the party ends.
Chocolate Pyramid Favors
Wow your guests with edible architecture—these cookies-and-cream concoctions are as chic as they are tasty. Better yet, you can customize the colors.
The Details: Chocolate mini pyramids, $30 for 12, OverTheMoonSweets.Etsy.com.
Chocolate Egg Nest Favors
Ring Box Favors
Personalized Chocolate Favors
Bite-filled boxes of custom-printed Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates hit the spot at this Philly-themed wedding.
Custom M&M Favors
Upgrade your favorite candy with whatever phrases, pictures, or colors you desire—this couple chose a baseball theme complete with Red Sox logos for their wedding.
Decadent Chocolate Favors
Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates made these gorgeous, paper-covered chocolate boxes, filled with his and hers (dark chocolate lavender and milk chocolate bourbon praline) treats.
Mix and Match Candy Favors
These newlyweds offered a sweet and salty to-go blend, including mini Heath bars, Raisinets, and pistachios.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Favors
Guests at this wedding received a boxed-up pair of salted caramel chocolates.
Wrapped-Up Chocolate Bar Favors
Wrap up chocolate squares in pretty, printed paper for a sweet giveaway.
Peanut Butter Cup Favors
Elevate a crowd favorite by adding white chocolate and crumbled toppings to peanut butter cups.
Fudge Heart Favors
These romantic fudge favors are creamy, on-theme, and simple to make at home.
Italian Meringue Favors
Give Italian meringue treats a kiss of coffee and chocolate flavor.
Pecan Cluster Favors
Adding a personal touch is easy—just make something yourself. Rum, chocolate, and caramel pecan clusters are easy peasy and oh-so-decadent.
Marbled Chocolate Favors
Dragee Favor Boxes
It doesn't get any easier (or cuter) than this. Put dragees in notched-petal favor boxes. Arrange five of these unusual shapes together in a circle and, voila, you've got a classic five-petaled cherry blossom.
Old-Time Candy Cup Favors
For a favor that brings out the kid in guests, turn baking cups into darling dishes brimming with old-fashioned hard candies (these have hazelnut-chocolate filling). The cups are normally used for baking single servings of brioche, so they're made of stiff paper that can hold lots of little treats. To package each favor, add candy to the cup, then wrap in cellophane. Tie closed with a ribbon threaded with a printed paper tag.
Chocolate bars adorned with the faces of the bride and groom are sweet in more ways than one. Choose a few favorite photos, then print them using an ink-jet printer or photocopy onto lightweight paper (enlarge or reduce images if needed). With a paper cutter, trim so photos are slightly shorter than candy bars. Remove outer wrappers but not inner foil. Wrap each candy bar with a photo, and secure in back with double-sided tape. Adorn with waxed twine tied in a small bow.
Paper Candy Dish Favors
The fortune-teller of your childhood can make a grown-up statement at a wedding or shower. To make one, fold a 7-inch square of decorative paper into quarters. Unfold, then (printed side down) fold corners into center. Turn over and fold corners into center again. Turn over again, and place thumbs and forefingers in flaps and lift. Fill with candy.
Colorful Bag Favors
Dress up cellophane bags with decorative paper to showcase candy for favors or guest-room gifts. Cut paper as wide as the bag and as long as the bottom plus 1 inch for the front and the amount you want for the back. Fold. Embellish with a personalized message or monogram. Slip liner into bag, and fill bag with candy. Center ribbon along top of bag; fold bag over ribbon twice. Tie ribbon.
Place Card Candy Favors
These place cards will make a "favorable" impression as guests arrive at their tables. Here, tented cards do double duty: directing people to their seats, and sealing sacks of candy.
Stamped Bag Favors
Simple bags make perfect favor packages when given a handle and personalized with a stamp.
Foil-Wrapped Candy Favors
For a formal look, wrap chocolates in pleated foil. Line a box with lightweight paper, fill, and wrap in gold foil. The tag is a tented place card; fold it over a ribbon (taped at back), and secure with a seal.
Colorful Chocolate Favors
Graphically printed bark (chocolate spread thin and then broken into irregular pieces) is too nice to cover up, so use a clear lid. Grosgrain ribbon, taped around the lid's sides, picks up hues inside. A monogram tag is kept small so as not to obstruct the view.
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