CANDY & WEDDINGS

It’s that time of the year… wedding season! Candy is always a fun touch to any aspect of a wedding, especially if it reflects the feel of the wedding and personality of the bride/groom. For my wedding this past May, of course I incorporated candy into it! I thought I would share three ways it added a touch of my personality to my wedding.

1. Custom Mehlenbacher’s Taffy Favors – When I first ran into Mehlenbacher’s taffy in a sweet shop in Utah, I knew I had to have them at my wedding. The taffy is made BY HAND, tastes amazing, and is the perfect size! They give you the option of using their labels or creating your own, so I designed ours. The taffy comes in almost every flavor you can think of and since I didn’t have specific colors for my wedding (it was garden-inspired with a lot of flowers) I decided to have a bunch of different flavors. Setting them up on a cute table in different jars is a great way to display them. We accented the taffy sticks with even more taffy from Sweet’s Candy to make the table more full and give guests more options. Taffy makes the perfect favor that guests will actually enjoy! 🙂

wedding taffy

wedding favors

mehlenbachers taffy

2. Candy On The Dessert Table – Of course all I wanted at my wedding was desserts, so we had the centerpiece of the reception be a big dessert table. We had multiple tiers we needed to fill and I thought of adding some gourmet candy in cupcake liners to one of them. We went with chocolate covered gummy bears and candy grapefruit slices. They added a nice touch to the table and tasted good too!

dessert table

dessert table

3. Give The Gift Of Candy – All of my close friends know I am obsessed with candy and interned at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City. Well, one of those friends flew in for the wedding and guess what she brought as a wedding gift… a Dylan’s Candy Bar Deluxe Choc-A-Lot Gift Box! It was seriously one of my favorite gifts and so thoughtful and creative. The box is fun and different than normal chocolates (it comes with everything from chocolate truffles to chocolate sandwich cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels and graham crackers!) and makes for the perfect date night. Preston and I tried to control ourselves and make it last as long as we could (which wasn’t very long). Such a fun wedding gift to get. This is an idea I am definitely going to use for other people now!

Chocolate Box Dyaln's Candy Bar Chocolate Box Chocolate Gift

Have other ways you’ve incorporated candy into your big day? Share them with me!

MEXICAN DULCES

Whenever I travel somewhere new, the first thing on my list is to find an authentic candy store. So, of course that’s the first thing I looked for when we went to Isla Mujeres this summer on our honeymoon. Isla Mujeres is a small island off of Cancun and by far one of my favorite places I have been. The island is only about three miles long, so we rented a golf cart for the week and explored the island. The island is private, relaxing, beautiful, and has the BEST food!

We found ourselves asking (more like Preston found himself asking –  thank goodness he speaks Spanish and talked to everyone for us!) just about everyone we met if they knew of an authentic place to find ‘dulces’, or Mexican candy. Everyone told us to go to grocery stores which isn’t the most exciting way to discover candy from somewhere new. But, on the last day we ran into a piece of heaven. We happened to find TWO authentic Mexican candy stands – exactly what I was looking for! When I saw the bright colors and all the sweets stacked up like I imagined, I thought I was a kid again. If you ever get the chance to visit Isla Mujeres, these stands are located on the south end of the island and only open in the evening, which is probably why no one knew about them. Check out some of our favorite finds below.

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Our Favorites:

1.Chilingos (Mango with Chili) – These are delicious!! They are a piece of mango covered in chili powder that almost makes it taste sour (sounds gross, I know) and they definitely take time to get used to but I ended up loving them!

2. Bubli Bubli (Mexican bubblegum) – I’m a big fan of bubblegum so these are one of my favorites because they come in fun flavors like mango and lime.

3. De La Rosa Mazapan – I had never head of Mazapan before, but it is super popular in Mexico. It’s basically ground peanuts and powdered sugar mixed together and it tastes so good! We brought lots of these home and I eat one almost every night.

4. Chocoretas – I am a lover of all things mint, so of course I loved these. The mint and chocolate combo is classic!

5. Limon 7 – These are Preston’s favorite. I am not a fan but there is something about salt and lemon that they love in Mexico! These are basically just packets of salt and lime seasoning.

6. Tubes of sugar – I can’t find the name of these tubes filled with little sugary balls but they are so good! Definitely a favorite so if anyone knows the name of them, let me know.

7. Pelon Pelo Rico – Another one of Preston’s favorites. I saw these everywhere and they are definitely one of the most popular candies in Mexico. They love candy flavored with tamarind that gives it a super strong and distinct flavor that takes some time to get used to.