Bomboniere origins & meaning
“The concept behind Bomboniere (koufeta or sugar almonds), originated in France, around 300 years ago, when a small box of sweets (the french word – bonbons) was given away to guests on happy occasions. Over time the idea spread to other parts of Europe, and in particular to Italy and Greece. Bomboniere consisted of an uneven number (typically 5) of sugar-coated almonds, representing the bittersweet life of a married couple.
The five almonds have significant meaning – wishing the new husband & wife: happiness, health, wealth, children & a long life. In Greece they are known as “Koufeta” (the Greek word for wedding favours) The giving of the bonbonnière is also traditional for christenings, baptisms, communions, confirmations, and graduations.
Our sugar-coated almonds are made in Australia by a family of second generation Italian confectioners. The best of both worlds: a traditional family recipe, made to the highest Australian health standards. They are made with premium Australian almonds and Australian sugar. There is no need to worry about buying the almonds too soon, or them going stale. These candy almonds have a 2 year shelf-life! Our white bomboniere almonds are approximately 24mm long and five will fit comforatbly in our mini organza bags. With approximately 300 almonds per 1 kilo bag, you should be able to make wedding favours for 60 guests. The colored candy almonds, shown top left, are very popular for christenings. These dry roasted almonds are covered in thin sugar coating.
Each piece measures about 30mm long, 11mm thick and 22mm wide. There are approxiamately 240 pieces in a 1 kilo bag. Buy 2 kilos and get free freight within Australia!”
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