Playing Favorites

With wedding right around the corner, I thought it was time to share our wedding favor DIY.  As much as everyone would love something emblazoned with the phrase, “Greg + Diane Forever!” we decided to be very realistic with our favor.  After researching, I discovered the most receptive (aka not left behind) favors were either a food item or a charitable donation.

With these two paths open to us, we decided to go with a food favor since we love food which left us with a big dilemma—what food to go with.

My original thought was to make fudgy oat bars for everyone since Greg loves them but I didn’t want to have to be baking the week of the wedding or storing everything in a freezer.  Since we had a slight travel theme going with the wedding, I started researching chocolate lollipop molds.

That’s when I found it—a chocolate Eiffel Tower lollipop mold.

Done!

Greg’s mom found a person on Etsy who would make them for us but with the seller’s price tag, I said, “Thank you for the offer but this is something we could easily do ourselves.”

Chocolate lollipops are super easy to do.  Heck, we do them while drinking and they turned out great.  The best part is chocolate can last for several months.

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What you will need:

  • Chocolate wafers
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Candy Bags
  • Mold
  • Crisco
  • Fridge
  • Stickers

1. Melt a bag of chocolate in the microwave with a tablespoon of Crisco for 45 seconds.

supplies

Side note: the Crisco helps smooth out the chocolate and makes it easier to pour.

2. Stir and microwave for another 30.

3. Repeat as necessary until chocolate is smooth.

4. Pour into mold cavities.  Once you have the mold 90 percent filled, place lollipop stick in and twirl it in the mold to coat it in chocolate.

5. Add a little more chocolate if that doesn’t fill the mold all the way.

6.  Tap the mold on the counter to smooth out chocolate and release air bubbles.

7. Place in fridge for about 20- 30 minutes.

fridge

Side note: don’t worry if it’s not perfect with over-filling the mold.  You can easily break it off once it has hardened.

8.  Drink a beer.

9. When they have hardened, you can easily pop them out of the trays.

plate

10. Place into candy bag.

bagging

11. Tie closed with ribbon.

tying-them

12. Add custom sticker.

finished

13. Repeat another 10 times.

bin

Side note: I don’t recommend having a beer every time.  Maybe nurse your beer.

Let’s give you my price breakdown for 156 lollipops:

  • 17 bags of chocolate @ $2 a bag- $34
  • 200 candy bags- $5
  • 200 Lollipop sticks- $2.50 (bought 100 with the $5 off $5 Michael’s coupon)
  • Crisco- Free (already had it)
  • 6 rolls of blue ribbon @ $.13 a roll- $.78 (woohoo to 80% off Christmas clearance)
  • 6 rolls of gold ribbon @ $.13 a roll- $.78 (same sale)
  • 4 Eiffel Tower molds (with 3 cavities per mold) @ $2.19 a mold- $13.71 with shipping
  • 175 custom stickers- Less than $5.  I purchased these with a $17 for $70 Vistaprint Groupon and ordered several other items with it.  I just paid for shipping.

Total: $61.77 or $.39 per lollipop.

If we had come the Etsy route, it would have been about $280 for 156 lollipops ($1.79 per lollipop) nor would there be custom sticker on it.

What helped with keeping costs low is planning ahead.  When there was a good sale at the store, I went and bought what I needed.  We made the lollipops over two afternoons—one my sister came over to help and another afternoon a friend came over to drink beer and supervise.  It took a few hours each time but most of it was us just waiting for the chocolate to harden/we forgot about the chocolate and got sucked into SVU.

Random side note: Through all of our planning, I found that while engaged, you should list your names in the following order: Female & Male.  Once you are married, you should write them in this order: Male & Female.

Hope this post didn’t make you too hungry.

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