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Let Them Eat Truffles

Abby and Ivan's Wedding Truffles

After a beautiful ceremony, gourmet appetizers and a three course meal at our friend Abby and Ivan’s wedding, it was time for the cake. No one had seen the cake, but assumed it must be there, somewhere. After all, this was a wedding. No one saw anything being cut, but we must have missed it since waiters were scurrying around carrying little plates of something. A fellow guest spied a round shape on one of the waiter’s plates and convinced us all it was a cupcake. Not a traditional cake, but close enough.

After all the speculation, the waiter arrived at our table and we were all proven wrong. We should have known better. The bride and groom have unique personalities and a great sense of style; they opted for something much more exciting than cake. Each guest was served a white chocolate amaretto and dark chocolate espresso truffle set on a swirl of red raspberry sauce.

Truffles, cupcakes and other gourmet desserts are a rising trend in weddings, and a nice alternative to the traditional multi-tiered cake. When I asked Abby why she chose truffles for her wedding instead of cake, she had three simple reasons:

1) Cake is so typical
2) The cost of wedding cake is absolutely ridiculous
3) Truffles are unique, tasty and much less expensive

The total cost of truffles for 80 people was less than $200, barely reaching the price of a basic cake.

Chocolatiers are paying attention to this rising trend, and offer arrangements and services specifically for weddings. H. Mangels Confectioner, the source of Abby and Ivan’s truffles, offer truffles in individually wrapped, bulk or boxed (imprinted with custom “nuptial information”) form. There is also a special 3″ inch diameter heart truffle for the bride and groom to cut and feed to each other, just like the old days.

Congratulations Abby and Ivan!

H. Mangels Confectioner
58 River St
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 783-9770


Ivan Kirigin says on April 12th, 2005 at 12:35 pm:

They were awesome!

Another great part about our source was the sample box they sent, where we needed to choose which flavors among the ~20 we would want. We certainly enjoyed the process :-D

Barbara says on April 12th, 2005 at 8:19 pm:

How cool and unique! A co-worker decided against a traditional cake when she got married as well. She chose a more southern alternative……a Krispy Kreme doughnut cake. Yes, that’s right…doughnuts. They were glazed and stacked in rings with each level getting smaller to form a pyramid shaped ensamble. Her guests loved it.

molly says on April 19th, 2005 at 3:49 pm:

What a great idea, and your pictures rock. Love your site.

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