Saturday, July 4, 2009


I came across some Jordan Almonds the other day and I was instantly transported back to my childhood. I remember an array of small pastel tulle with stain ribbons containing these candy coated almonds being a major part of many family celebrations.

But what, if anything, do these confectionery gems with a powerful crunch mean? I knew they had to be more than just candy.

And I was correct. They do have meaning. Jordan Almonds are dragées (dra-ZHAY), a form of confectionery that is used for decorative or symbolic purposes in addition to consumption.

In Greek weddings, Jordan almonds are called koufetta. An odd number of almonds are placed in small bags and given to each guest. Odd numbers are used because it is indivisible and symbolizes the couple will share everything and remind undivided.

In Italian weddings, Jordan almonds are called bomboniere. Five almonds are used and signify five wishes: health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity.

Both traditions are a sweet and worthy pursuit for all newlyweds. So, if you chip a tooth on one know that it was, after all, for everlasting love.

The Jordan Almond Poem
Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
Five wishes for the new husband and wife -
Health, Wealth, Happiness, Children and a Long Life!

Colors for Other Occasions
White or Ivory for Weddings and Bridal Showers
Silver for 25th Anniversaries
Gold for 50th Anniversaries
Light Blue, Pink, Yellow, White or Ivory for Baby Events
Red for Graduation
Green for Engagements

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