Bomboniere (Italian pronunciation: [bomboˈnjɛːre]; singular bomboniera, from the French bonbonnière,[1] a box containing "bonbons") also known as "favors", are gifts given by hosts to their guests on special occasions such as weddings, baptism, First Communion or Confirmation. They usually include Jordan Almonds, known in Italian as Confetti. Five sugared almonds symbolize health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life.

Confetti can be made in many forms using several different ingredients.

Sugared almonds are put inside a bag made of tulle or satin and tied with ribbons in assorted colors. The colour of sugared almonds is white for a wedding, First Communion or Confirmation; pink or light-blue for birthday or Baptism of a baby girl or baby boy, respectively, red for a graduation, and silver or gold for 25 or 50 year anniversaries.

Often they are adorned with dried natural flowers or artificial flowers made of silk or paper. The bag is often given stored inside a small vessel made of silver, crystal or porcelain.

In Australia the word "bomboniere" is applied to any small gift or keepsake given by the hosts to guests at any function held to celebrate weddings, first holy communions and the like. Such gifts may take the form of a wine bottle stopper, glass vase or picture frame as well as the more traditional sugared almonds in decorative bags.[2]

Torta BombonieraEdit

Another type of bomboniera is the Favor Cake or "Torta Bomboniera" as it is called in Italy. It is made using little carton boxes forming one or more tiers of a "cake". Inside each box are sugared almonds and a card printed with the data of ceremony (names, date etc.). On each box is glued one of several types of fine objects made of many materials.

Some samples are below, for various ceremonies:

Another type is made using porcelain boxes shaped and hand decorated like an edible bignè or cream puff. Inside each box there are five sugared almonds and a card printed with the date of the ceremony. Italians call this type the "Pasticceria Artigianale in Porcellana" (Porcelain Artisan Pastries).


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