Weddings can be hectic—not only for the bride and groom but for guests as well.
Your guests have spent their money on wedding gifts, traveled from near and far to celebrate with you, and might have forgone other important events to attend your special day.
It’s, therefore, a great idea to offer up a small gesture of thanks to your guests for their love and kindness. Wedding favors are a great way to do just that!
Otherwise known as bonbonnieres or bombonieres, wedding favors are a centuries-old tradition.
The tradition can be traced back to 16th century Europe, when newlyweds gave love knots made of lace and ribbon to their wedding guests. Around that time, European aristocrats would also send wedding guests home with small gifts known as bonbonnieres—usually a box containing sweet delicacies.
Although wedding favors have evolved to include all kinds of small gifts, sweet delicacies are still a hit.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled twelve delectable wedding favors for guests with a sweet tooth. You can make these treats at home, or even better, buy professionally crafted pastries.
At Layla’s Delicacies, we have the perfect wedding favors for your guests. They will be wowed by the gourmet flavors and top-notch presentation of our treats.
Traditionally, Kaak Warka is a treat that’s offered at weddings and other momentous occasions.
Kaak Warka are tiny donut-shaped Tunisian pastries that are filled with almond paste. For a distinct flavor and subtle sweetness, we infuse our Kaak Warka with rose water.
Other ingredients in this sweet pastry include:
Unlike most pastries, Kaak Warka is baked at low heat which prevents the dough from changing color.
Once baked, the treat is cooled. Kaak Warka is often served with a cup of coffee or tea.
Kark Warka is a wedding favor that symbolizes happiness and gratitude. The decadent taste will make for an unforgettable experience that’ll make your wedding guests go gaga!
In Greek and Italian cultures, sugar-coated almond treats are traditional wedding favors. With our Almond Finger pastries, you can take this tradition a notch higher.
This delicious snack originated in Morocco before making its way into Tunisian cuisine.
Almond Fingers are made from a blend of almonds and hazelnuts, rolled in crispy brik filo sheets. This makes for a burst of sweet, nutty flavors that your guests won’t forget in a hurry.
Storage tip: Store our Almond Fingers in a sealed container at room temperature. They will stay nice and crispy for about five days.
Are you looking for something sugary and scrumptious? You won’t go wrong with Baklava Pistachio.
The poster child of Mediterranean treats, Baklava is a wedding favor that will delight your guests’ taste buds.
Baklava is made using pistachios layered with a mix of ground almonds, then sweetened with honey. The top and bottom layers of Baklava are made of flaky filo pastry, giving it a unique crunch.
This dessert originated from Turkey and made its way to Tunisia with the Ottomans. Served at holidays, special occasions, and ceremonies, Baklava has become a symbol of joy.
“All of Layla’s Delicacies I’ve had were amazing. I really love that there are so many vegan treats. The Samsa pistachio is light and crunchy and so delicious. The flavor and texture are perfect and these, like the others I’ve tried, are sweet but not too sugary. And everything is so beautiful, and beautifully packaged.”
Heather Harris, Oaklyn
For a sweet crunchy treat that will delight all your guests, Samsa Pistachio is a fabulous choice.
Samsa are triangle-shaped pastries with crispy outer layers (made of brik filo sheets). The soft, moist filling is made of a delicious mix of almonds and hazelnuts. Ground pistachios are then sprinkled on top to add texture and flavor.
Samsa is quite similar to samosas, which are more popular in South Asia and parts of Africa.
Samsa are served at gatherings shared with loved ones—As such, they’re the perfect dessert for celebrating love.
Try Samsa Pistachio with a cup of mint tea or coffee.
For a truly unique treat that will surprise your wedding guests, consider Bjewia Pistachio.
With roots in Tunisia, Bjewia is made from a mixture of almond and pistachio nuts. The pastry is topped with dried rose petals for a delightful sensory experience.
Bjewia, also known as Bjewiya, is usually enjoyed at weddings—which is why it is a perfect wedding favor. It’s also eaten as a special treat during the holy month of Ramadan.
This sweet vegan pastry will satiate everyone’s sweet tooth.
Baklava El Bey
Just like Baklava Pistachio, Baklava El Bey is a crunchy dessert made of crushed pistachios encased in a creamy almond paste. The pastry is then sprinkled with pure organic rose water to give it a unique flavor.
Baklava El Bey is a treat that’s very popular in the Middle East. In Israel, Jewish people adore the dessert, which is served during religious events such as the Rosh Hashanah festival.
Baklava El Bay also makes the perfect wedding favor.
At Layla’s Delicacies, we make 100% vegan Baklava El Bay using olive oil instead of butter. To top it all off, we package the treats in stunning packages that will delight your guests.
In keeping with the tradition of having almond treats as wedding favors, you can’t go wrong with Boule Pistachio.
This pastry is made of almonds rolled in crushed pistachio. It's the perfect combination of nutty flavors and has a delightful crunchy texture.
Our Boule Pistachio balls come with a touch of chocolate and are decorated with sugar lace. This decadent treat is perfect for sharing your joy and love with your VIP wedding guests.
Pineapple Hazelnut is a Tunisian treat made from chopped almonds, hazelnuts, and pistachios.
With a cylindrical, pineapple shape, this delicacy is topped with hand-placed pistachio slivers to complete the look.
Hazelnut Pineapple is both delicious and beautiful to look at.
The nutty flavors give a nod to traditional almond wedding favors, while the artistic shape tells your guests that you went the extra mile for them, just as they did for you.
This jasmine flower-shaped gem is a perfect fit for a bonbonniere.
Made of a mixture of almonds and pistachio, Yasmina is made with love and passion. Perfectly balanced in terms of sweetness and nuttiness, this snack is as delicious as it’s beautiful.
Yasmina is 70% nuts, which means that it will give your guests a healthy dose of fiber and protein.
Yasmina is available in our Vegan Gift Box, which contains an assortment of Tunisian sweets with a modern twist.
The table below showcases some of the different treats included in the Vegan Gift Box:
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Made from almond and hazelnut and rolled in more hazelnuts, this treat is mouth-wateringly delicious and healthy.
Included in our Vegan Limited Edition Box, Rochers will put a smile on the faces of vegan and vegetarian guests alike.
The box contains other equally delectable gems, including:
- Baklava Pistachio—a thin filo dough layered with a mixture of chopped almond and pistachio
- Boule Pistachio—almond and hazelnut rolled in crushed pistachio
Makroudh cookies are a delectable snack loaded with dates, seeds, and nuts including crushed almonds, sesame seeds, and fresh figs.
The inner fillings are wrapped in a flour-and-semolina dough that gives this treat its distinct texture and flavor. The pastries are then rolled and sliced into small diamond shapes—the word Makroudh means “diamond.”
The diamond-shaped pieces are fried in oil or baked in the oven. If you don’t like your pastries greasy, go for the baked variety. That said, fried Makroudh have a crunchier texture.
Occasionally, the pastry is treated further by dipping it into a honey syrup scented with citrus (usually orange or lemon blossom).
This syrupy treat is often served to guests at Tunisian family gatherings. Makroudh pairs nicely with traditional mint tea or strong coffee.
Storage tip: You can store Makroudh at room temperature in a storage box with an airtight lid.
Bambalouni is a very sweet counterpart to American donuts. Just like your usual donuts, Bamboulini is made with round-shaped dough and deep-fried in oil. The pastry is then lightly rolled in sugar or soaked in honey for extra sweetness.
Bamboulini donuts are popular throughout Maghreb countries—including Tunisia. The donuts are also known as Sfenj. In Tunisian towns, you will come across plenty of Bamboulini stalls where you can grab a snack on the go.
Bamboulini will have your wedding guests craving more. These treats are often served at breakfast or in the evening with a hot cup of milk or coffee.
Where Can I Buy the Best Handmade Tunisian Wedding Favors?
Preparing for your wedding is fun, but it can be stressful too.
It makes sense to have your favors taken care of by the professionals so you can focus on other aspects of wedding planning.
For the most delicious, handmade wedding favors, contact Layla’s Delicacies. Our bakers have decades of experience in making delightful delicacies that are suitable for all special occasions.
We make each little gem with immense love and passion, handpicking high-quality ingredients for the most authentic flavors. We use natural honey and add flower water to really delight your palate.
We’re based in New Jersey and deliver all around the US. We ship our products within one business day—ensuring that you get only the freshest pastries.
Every bite of our pastries will leave your guests thoroughly impressed.
Here’s a review from one of our customers:
To satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth and dietary preferences, consider our specialty gift boxes. These boxes are full of a variety of treats that make wonderful wedding favors.
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