5 Chocolate Wedding Favors You Can Make Yourself

Make your own chocolate wedding favors and save money.

Your wedding doesn't have to cost as much as you think it does if you take on some of the duties yourself.Instead of hiring professional help plan on doing some of the preparation yourself.If you obtain the right advice, purchase the right equipment, and have the stamina to work hard to make it all come together you will find that you can save a significant amount of money on your total wedding cost by "doing it yourself".

One of the ways you can shave off the top is by making your own wedding favors.Chocolate is enjoyed by practically everyone, and has become a popular wedding treat.However, personalized chocolate bars ordered through professional companies can run up to three to four dollars per person.Doesn't sound like much?If you do the math and multiply this by the number of guests you have and add it to the countless other costs the number does not look very friendly.Here are five recipes for you to incorporate everybody's favor treat into your wedding favors.

The most obvious wedding favor made of chocolate is the candy bar with a personalized message on the wrapper.For this pursuit you will need plenty of tin foil, computer paper, and a great recipe.Below is a recipe for a peanut butter chocolate bar; you may choose to eliminate peanut butter from the recipe or you may even decide to find another recipe with different ingredients.Whatever the recipe you do use should provide you with a batch of bars enough to cover your wedding guest list.Use regular or fancy computer paper to add a personalized message, and wrap the bars yourself neatly in tin foil.While this is certainly a time-consuming activity, it will save you money in the end.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

cookies8 medium (3 inches in diameter) packaged chocolate chip cookies

1/4 C. melted butter plus 1/2 C. softened butter (divided)

2 1/2 C. milk chocolate chips, melted (divided)

1 1/2 C. creamy peanut butter

3 C. sugar

2 t. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325°F. Blend the cookie in a food processor until they are well ground.Add the melted butter and mix until combined thoroughly.Press the cookie/butter mixture onto the bottom of an eight-inch baking pan and bake for ten minutes.Let it cool to room temperature. Once cooled, pour the melted chocolate over the crust evenly.Refrigerate the concoction until it is firm, roughly twenty minutes.Keep the remaining chocolate warm.Blend the peanut butter and ½ cup softened butter until the mixture is smooth.Add the sugar and vanilla gradually, and beat until smooth.Spread the mixture over the chilled chocolate and finish by pouring the remaining chocolate over the peanut butter layer.Refrigerate for about one hour.When ready, cut into twenty four to thirty six bars.

If you are a fan of rich chocolate and you think your guests might be too, try making fudge favors.Fudge is a good favor because it is so rich that it can be enjoyed in small quantities; which means less baking for you.Below is a fudge recipe to follow.To present the fudge use some creative pastry wrappings with a bow or place the fudge in a small box with a memo regarding the wedding on it.Remember, the presentation of the fudge is almost as important as the taste!

Chocolate Fudge Recipe

2 cups of white sugar

1 tablespoon of butter

4 tablespoons of cocoa

¾ cup of milk

2 tablespoons of corn syrup

1 tablespoon of Vanilla

Cook the sugar, syrup and milk to a boil.Add the coca.Continue cooking until a ball is formed in the water, roughly 240 degrees.Let it cool a minute, add the butter and vanilla, and beat till it creams.Pour the mixture into a buttered dish.Cut into small squares and prepare as favors.



Bittersweet Chocolate Mints

3 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

3 packets sugar substitute

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Line a nine-inch by five-inch loaf pan with buttered foil and set aside.Melt the chocolate and chips in a bowl over hot, almost boiling water.Stir this constantly to prevent burning.Stir in the sugar substitute and peppermint extract.Mix it well.Pour this into a prepared pan and score mints with a knife into 1-inch squares. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into small squares, wrap, and store in refrigerator.

If you want to incorporate chocolate into your wedding favor scheme but do not wish to make it an edible treat try making small chocolate scented soaps.The cold soap process, while time consuming, can be rewarding given the results.Below is a recipe for chocolate soap.

Chocolate Cocoa Scented Recipe

32 oz. blended vegetable oil or olive oil

74 oz tallow

3 oz cocoa butter

14 oz lye

41 oz cold water

Dissolve the lye in the water and set aside to cool.Met the oils together and combine the mixture with the water once the oils reach one-hundred degrees Fahrenheit.Stir it continuously until the soap reaches trace.Make sure you wear gloves, as lye can cause skin damage.It is recommended that you wear safety goggles as well.

Bon Bons are always a hit at parties, so why not make them a hit at your wedding.Here is a recipe for these superb chocolate treats.With a personalized message on the wrapper these treats can be a tasteful wedding favor.

Candy Bon Bons

Ingredients:

1/2cuppeanut butter

1cuppowdered sugar

1cupchopped nuts

1cupchopped dates

2tablespoonsbutter, melted

6ounceschocolate chips, melted

1square inchparaffin wax

Melt chocolate and wax in double boiler. Mix peanut butter, sugar, nuts and dates and roll into small balls. Roll mixture in chocolate mixture and place on waxed paper.

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