My coworker Joanna had been thinking for awhile about what treat would be perfect to put in her wedding guests' hotel gift bags. She had even considered buying Crumbs mini cupcakes (thank GOD she didn't do that; might have had partly to do with my ranting about them...), but decided against it once she found out she would have had to package them herself. However, post-blog launch, Joanna came to me with a proposition: would I like to make favors for the gift bags, as my first big order? Um, YES...
|Squealing with delight about this.|
This started me on a mad hunt for packaging, something I had not envisioned I would need until much further down the line. Luckily, I have parents that work in the promotional industry, so an order like this was right up their alley. I consulted my mom, who pointed me in the direction of a packaging company to pick out the boxes; meanwhile, she and a colleague designed the labels. They came up with a cute design that incorporated my blog patterns and advertised the site URL and email address. I found small clear boxes to affix them to, as well as small yellow-swirled cups to set the truffles in. I was beaming and giggling like a eight year-old that just got a pony as I assembled these - the label made everything feel so real! I was thrilled that that part was set. Now, onto the actual truffles....
|Dull peanut butter.|
|Too-thick white chocolate.|
|Lemon Raspberry White Chocolate with Candied Lemon Peel|
For the chocolate peanut butter, I made my amazing fudgy brownie recipe, mixed in homemade peanut butter frosting, then dipped in a coating of peanut butter chips and the Paramount Crystals, which gave the coating the sheen and constistency I had been seeking. I then drizzled milk chocolate over top to garnish.
|Good coating consistency.|
|Peanut Butter Brownie with Milk Chocolate Drizzle|
However, I made it through, and got a few hours of sleep before Joanna came over to pick them up. She made cute little gray cardstock cards that said what the flavors of the "gourmet handmade cake truffles" were. I have yet to hear from her how they went over; she kind of has more important things to worry about, like, her honeymoon. But hopefully it will drive some more blog traffic and possibly some more orders! And the experimentation itself was totally worthwhile: I am now more confident about dipping and melting, and have some good new recipes up my sleeve. So let me know if you think cake truffles would make your next event really special.... ;)