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June 10, 2018

Fondant covered cookies - some people love them, some hate them.  They have their place in the world. Some techniques will only work with fondant. There are times when TIME is a factor and fondant is the only medium that will work.

Whether you love them or hate them there are some tips that will make a fondant covered cookie more successful.

Start with a firmer cookie

Fondant sets on the surface but doesn’t go hard like royal icing so will add a bit of softness to your finished product.  The moisture from the fondant also transfers to the cookie over time. To counteract this I start with a cookie that has been baked for a couple of minutes extra.

Don’t add water to the cookie

Adding water to a cooked cookie will make them soft.  If that’s the way you like them, then you can skip this part.  I like my cookie a little crispier so water is the enemy. So how do you attach the fondant to the cookie? Well I use water of course! But the water goes on the fondant not the cookie.  Water and fondant...

June 4, 2018

There are many different recipes and methods for sugar cookies.  Some recipes will give you a soft cookie, others a crispier cookie.  Some claim to be spread free straight out of the bowl and others need chilling.

I know you want me to give you a recipe here but I feel that would be doing you a dis-service.  I’ve tried recipes that claim to be fail-proof - guess what? They didn’t work for me. Everyone bakes a little different. Others I didn’t like the taste or texture of.  Try a couple of different recipes and see what works for you. Don’t despair though, I’ll tell you what I do to counteract some of those common pitfalls - you can apply this to almost any recipe. Keep in mind this is my way, it is not the only way.  It is what I find works for me based on lots of trial and error.

Keep in mind that the end result of a decorated cookie will be slightly different than what the cookie is like straight out of the oven.  Royal icing or fondant will add different texture and fla...

March 18, 2018

Are you flying off to a special destination for your wedding?  It might be so you can keep it small or it might be a central location because you have family all over the world. What ever the why is, there is no reason you can't still indulge in some wedding traditions.

Many brides feel it's all to hard to arrange a beautiful bomboniere or wedding favour for their destination.  Or they find their options very limited if they are bringing them from home. The other common concern is they are more expensive if sources in the destination country/ location.  I'm here to tell you it is easier than you think and you have almost as many options as someone having their wedding at home.

The secret? There are a couple of considerations, well THREE to be precise.  

1. Check the regulations of the destination and your airline.

There may be restrictions on what you can bring into a country or location.  Australia has some of the strictest food import laws but many destination wedding loca...

March 11, 2018

Juggling that wedding budget is tough. If you are anything like me, you will keep seeing things that are "oh so pretty" and you have to consider if you can include them.  My questions is..."why can't some of those things serve a dual purpose?" 

A perfect example of a wedding something that could also be something else is the bomboniere or wedding favour! If you are looking for suggestions, check out the article I wrote recently about different options for favours

Have you considered combining your bomboniere or wedding favour with the place settings? Guests love those special little touches of things with their name on them.  It's especially good if Uncle George or cousin Sandra is known for trying to stockpile a heap of goodies to take home. Options include cookies stamped with names, tags on packaging with individual names or little sign posts on mini desserts.

The next thing is the dessert buffet.  Consider providing small boxes so people can take a selection of small things...

March 4, 2018

Whether it is you or a friend getting married, finding the right wedding favour for the guests can be a challenge.  There are so many options available. 

I tell all my brides, couples, bridesmaids, mother of the bride or who ever is organising the favours - find something simple that resonates with the couple.  Essentially the wedding favour or bomboniere is another extension of the wedding. Here are a heap of examples of what you can do. Some are traditional(ish) and some are a bit more out of the box.  The most important thing to remember is...they are all customisable in a variety of ways.

Chocolate! Everyone loves chocolate (ok yes there may be one or two people who don't but we can't please everyone).

Custom chocolates or bonbons are magical because they can be almost any colour AND flavour! You can have just chocolate or pair with cookies for even more versatility. Have a look at our chocolate gallery to see more colour options

This next group is a modern take on wedding ch...

February 18, 2018

What can branded sweet treats do for you.

We all love a good gift. Your clients or potential clients are no different.  Gift giving indicates you value the recipient.  It helps to build and maintain relationships.

Imagine you have been shopping around for a particular product.  Its a large investment and a couple of the companies offer similar products.  You take all the info home to sleep on it.  A day or so later you sit down to review the info and make a decision.  One of the info packs includes a little something to nibble on while reading.  Hmmm, yep I remember that sales person was pretty awesome and this product does what I want.  Subconsciously it sways your decision.  

Gifting after closing a deal cements the relationship and shows appreciation for their custom.  When you feel good about a transaction you are more likely to recommend a product or service to friends.

It doesn’t matter where your clients are in their purchasing cycle, there is a be...

February 13, 2018

There is no rule to say your branded corporate gifts have to include a logo.  Different options suit different situations.  I want to outline a few real life examples for you.  

These Pantone colour swatch cookies were for a new colour range launch. Regular clients attended the launch which was held at the hosts showroom.  The clients were talking about the cookies for months afterwards.  Several asked if there would be more at the next colour launch. No logo was not an issue here.  The fun nature of the product made it memorable.

Using your brand palette to colour seasonal gifts (eg Christmas, Easter etc) is a great way to stand out from the crowd.  In this instance, logo ribbon or specific messages are used to further identify the creations which are personally delivered by a senior member of staff.  The recipients have regularly mentioned that they look forward to seeing what the company will come up with each year.  

Logo cookies are an ext...

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