19 Edible Wedding Favors That Are Impossible to Leave Behind
Why are edible wedding favors always the best wedding favor idea? Um, you can eat them. No wedding guest forgets an edible favor on their chair or on the table by the exit. It’s just a fact. Monogrammed shot glasses, maybe. A box of matches, probably. But chocolate chip cookies, herb-infused olive oil, or hot cider doughnuts? Those kinds of treats rarely get left behind. Since they’ll be so popular, plan to make or order extras, just in case. (And don’t forget to double-check the groups’ allergy situation.)
The best part about sending guests home with something edible (or drinkable) is how personal you can make it. If you spent half your relationship on the hunt for the best hot sauce, your top-choice bottle is basically a built-in favor idea. Did you meet over tacos and tequila? Hand out nips of your favorite tequila. If you're getting married in the town where you grew up, pass out fudge from the family-owned neighborhood sweet shop, jars of local honey, or your go-to coffee shop's award-winning French roast.
You could also offer up DIY treats—DIY for the guests, that is. Individually packaged s'mores kits, hot chocolate fixings or brownie mix are a fun way to keep the party going after the night’s over. But delicious favors don’t need to be perfectly wrapped and eaten later. Surprise everyone with late-night bites from a food truck or dessert bar (anything from an old-fashioned cotton candy stand to a pizza truck will do).
If you’re looking for the perfect party favor for your guests, check out these creative and crowd-pleasing eats no one will leave without.
End the night with something sweet, like jars of delicious honey. Whether you support a local honey purveyor or look to your go-to brand for jars, this is one edible wedding favor that won't go unappreciated. (If you make your own, find the perfect jars to store them in on Amazon.com.)
To buy: Personalized English Garden clover honey, from $49 for 12; myweddingfavors.com.
Give a nod to your German—or New York—roots with hot soft pretzels before the night's over. Surprise everyone with a roaming pretzel cart or let them grab and go on the way out. Either way, they'll swarm those pretzels.
To buy: Mavora pretzel wedding favor bags, from $1; etsy.com.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Another true classic for wedding favors is the trusty chocolate chip cookie. Treat your guests to the good stuff: chocolate chunk cookies from New York City's famed Magnolia Bakery.
To buy: Magnolia Bakery chocolate chunk favor box, $16; magnoliabakery.goldbelly.com.
Herb or Spice Blends
This is such a special and unique wedding favor idea. Maybe it's the mix your new cooked with on your first date, or it might be your grandparents' secret recipe. Since a little goes a long way, guests will get use out this edible wedding favor for a while after your big day. Want to customize your own signature spice blend? This company will create one specifically for you two.
To buy: Alta Cucina Italian gourmet seasoning blends, $8; etsy.com.
A classic through and through, chocolate bar wedding favors never go wrong, especially if they're wrapped in a colorful custom label.
To buy: Personalized Hershey chocolate bars, from $310; myweddingfavors.com.
Popcorn is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Individually wrapped caramel or kettlecorn is a perfect rustic fall wedding favor, but you could also rent an old-fashioned popcorn machine to get everyone excited.
To buy: Personalized caramel corn, from $2; beau-coup.com.
Mini bottles of maple syrup are great for fall and winter wedding favors (when it's technically maple syrup season), but they're obviously delicious all year. And if you're saying "I do" in New England, maple syrup wedding favors are an ideal take-home treat.
To buy: East Mountain Maple maple syrup wedding favor, $4; etsy.com.
S'mores work pretty much all year around—from summer camp weddings to winter ski lodge weddings—and make the perfect bite for guests to make and enjoy at home. Plus, they're crazy-easy to DIY.
To buy: Mavora s'more love stickers, $8; etsy.com.
How cute are these confetti cake pops? Hand them out at your wedding reception in addition to (or in lieu of) wedding cake for an extra sweet and festive touch (that's also conveniently Instagrammable—and ships nationwide!).
To buy: New York Cake Pops vanilla cake pops, $36; nycakepops.com.
Cider doughnuts, glazed doughnuts, doughnut holes, doughnut walls—your options for sending guests home with this snack are pretty much endless. Some couples even opt out of wedding cake altogether in favor of a giant stack of doughnuts (and you can too).
To buy: Ivory and Sage Co. doughnut favor bags, $1; etsy.com.
Pay homage to your Mediterranean roots or that unforgettable trip you took to Italy by handing out quality olive oil. Whether it’s flavored with truffles, rosemary or chili oil, guests will use up these beauties until the last drop.
To buy: Natura Greca organic olive oil, $198 for 60 bottles; etsy.com.
It’s hard to refuse a mini bottle of bubbly on the way out of someone’s reception. To make this favor truly yours, print and wrap each split with a custom label featuring your new name, a sweet message and your wedding date.
To buy: Moet Chandon mini Imperial, 13; shopwinedirect.com.
Jars of Jam
Whether it’s your grandmother’s famous blackberry jam recipe or your absolute favorite jar of preserves from a local cafe, this is one rustic wedding favor guests always appreciate—and it lasts for months.
To buy: Bonne Maman mini preserves, 76; englishteastore.com.
If you’re campaigning for Wedding of the Year, this is the fastest way there. After hours on the dance floor, your friends and fam need a break and a snack. Offer late-night pizza they can eat while dancing or box up for the ride home.
To buy: Kraft single slice holder pizza box, $71 for 200; papermart.com.
Keep your favors light and elegant with delicate macaron cookies. Have them double as edible escort cards by package them in small portions, labeling with everyone’s names and displaying on your escort card table. And don’t worry about people leaving them behind—they’ll probably all get eaten before the end of the night.
To buy: Woops! macaron favor boxes, from $30; bywoops.com.
Coffee Grounds or Beans
Coffee connoisseurs should definitely hand out individual bags of their favorite coffee. Include a custom label with a punny message (or just your names and wedding date) to personalize. Guests will wake up to the memory of your amazing wedding day every time they have a cup.
To buy: Modern Zebra Design personalized coffee favor bags, $20 for 12; etsy.com.
Hot Chocolate Mix
Keep guests cozy and warm—while satisfying their sweet tooth—with pre-proportioned jars of hot chocolate mixings. This one's layered with cocoa, dry milk, marshmallows, peppermint, chocolate chips, so all they need to do is add hot water.
To buy: Natrual Honey Bee hot chocolate mix wedding favors, from $8; etsy.com.
What better way to top off your party than with a nip of tequila? And this doesn't need to be tequila, by the way. Nips of your go-to rum, whisky, or vodka won't get left behind either. As a fun twist, tag each bottle with guests' names and use them as escort cards. Then, for your first toast as newlyweds, have everyone take a shot.
To buy: Casamigos Reposado 50 ml bottle of tequila, $36 for 12; blackwellswines.com.