One of my favorite traditional wedding substitutions has been taffy tasting instead of cake tasting. We are not cake people and on our big day we’ll all have white chocolate cheesecake. In the meantime, our guests were going to need treats. Our favorite taffy store is in Morro Bay, CA and just 30 minutes from our house. We planned a date day at the beach, but my goal in the taffy store was to choose a sampling based on colors and theme. Chuck’s goal was to taste as many free samples while we were shopping. Turns out we found flavors like huckleberry, passion fruit, grape, berries & cream, birthday cake, and caramel cheesecake. We purchased 10 of each flavor and brought them home to share with the family for their feedback. Turns out only two unanimous favorites! Passion fruit and birthday cake stood out in our mini taste test while the others were less exciting.
Last week we headed back to the beach to pick up our taffy. We bought two 5lb bags of both passion fruit and birthday cake at a discounted bulk rate. The store has an everyday deal, select and purchase 3lbs and they give you a free assorted 1lb. The sales associate was kind enough to let us choose our free 1lb because we told her it was for our wedding. We also included chocolate chip, pina colada, strawberry cheesecake, s’mores, maple, and pumpkin pie. Our taffy budget was $100.00 and for a total of 14lbs we spent $98.50. I spent my last $1.50 on my minimal supplies including ribbon and paper lunch bags.
DIY Paper Treat Bags
Step 1: Open a program like Picasa or Adobe Illustrator and make adjustments to your photos. Any image will do; an engagement photo may be very complimentary to use. I used a cute selfie of us and applied the pencil sketch filter to enhance the image for print quality and effect.
Step 2: Open a new MS Word document. Make the page size the same as your paper bags. Create your artwork with images & text boxes. My savvy search for fonts led to dafont.com where I downloaded KGA Little Swag & Always Forever free. (Hint: Images and Text Boxes in MS Word can be flipped easily which may help when you are ready to print like it did for me.)
Step 3: You’re ready to print! My home printer has both a paper tray and top loader, but to print without taping down my bags I instead rotated my artwork 180 degrees. Like this.
Step 4: Add taffy or any other small treats to the bags. Fold the top over twice, make 2 hole punches, and finally push your ribbon through. Double knot for a simple bow. (Hint: When you cut your ribbon it will try to fray, so cut all your ribbons first and then run each edge through a small flame to seal them.)
Now these gems are ready to go inside our guest’s welcome bags and each person at our wedding will each enjoy ½ lb or roughly 32 pieces of our favorite salt water taffies. Sweet all around.
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