Weddings are a time of joy, of love, and of panic. What can you get the bride and groom that won’t cost you your mortgage or say “I’ve never met you, so please enjoy this gift certificate?” The answer, of course, is something from your heart and kitchen. These homemade touches are the perfect addition to your wedding gift and after a night of dancing and drinking, will be the first thing that the bride and groom appreciate when their hunger pangs hit after the party.
These bite sized morsels are elegant and easy enough for children to make. Discs of chocolate are scattered with pistachios, candied orange peel, and other ingredients that elevate this gift from ordinary to extraordinary. Get our Mendiants recipe.
2. Take No Prisoners Hot Sauce
What better way to start off a marriage than in a hot and steamy way? This hot sauce is carrots, serrano peppers, and just a pinch of sugar. It’s sure to put a memorable mark on your wedding gift. Get our Take No Prisoners Hot Sauce recipe.
3. Red Onion Marmalade with Bay Leaves
The perfect addition to grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, and almost anything else that you can imagine. Put it in a decorative jar and be sure to include a note so the newlyweds refrigerate the gift ASAP. Get our Red Onion Marmalade with Bay Leaves recipe.
4. Thai Beef Jerky
The perfect snack for that long flight to the honeymoon. Beef is layered with honey, coriander, and other spices before being very slowly dried in the oven until it’s full of flavor and pleasantly chewy. Get our Thai Beef Jerky recipe.
5. Spiced Candied Pecans
These can be made the morning of the wedding and slipped into cellophane bags to tie to the box. They are sweet, savory, and delicious out of hand or added to a fresh salad. Get our Spiced Candied Pecans recipe.
6. Charles Chocolates Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles
These are so simple to make that you won’t believe how elegant and delicious they taste. Simply roll refrigerated chocolate ganache into balls and then cover them with cocoa powder. It’s a chocoholic’s dream and a sweet ending to an event celebrating love. Get our Charles Chocolates Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles recipe.
7. Fragrant Blueberry Jam
This jam captures the essence of summer and stays up to a year before being opened. Once opened, keep in the refrigerator for up to two months and enjoy the taste of blueberry pie every morning with toast. Get our Fragrant Blueberry Jam recipe.
8. Nacho Cheese Crackers
These addictive little crackers should be eaten within a week, but they are so delicious that they may not even make it through the night. Each crispy cracker is infused with cheese flavor from mac-and-cheese powder and the crowning touch of a spicy jalapeno slice makes this the ultimate late night treat. Get our Nacho Cheese Cracker recipe.
9. Slim Mints
Those Girl Scouts can hit the road with their ho-hum chocolate mint cookies. These are loaded with fresh peppermint flavor and coated in a thick, shiny layer of semi-sweet chocolate. They are a fantastic edible gift. Get our Slim Mints recipe.
10. Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
These cookies are perfect for anyone who is gluten intolerant. They are chewy and crispy with hunks of bittersweet chocolate scattered throughout – who could resist? Get our Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe.
11. Matzo Brittle
The gift that keeps on giving, whether it’s during Passover or not. Matzoh is layered with caramel, chocolate, and nuts. The final touch is a few crispy grains of fleur de sel for that salty-meets-sweet taste that is unforgettable. Get our Matzo Brittle recipe.
12. Sweet Potato Crisps
A crunchy, savory snack that won’t undo all of that wedding dieting. Sweet potato slices are baked until crunchy with paprika, oil, and salt. Place them in a decorative bag or tin, add a jar of your favorite dip, and it’s a midnight snack fit for a bride and groom. Get our Sweet Potato Crisps recipe.
Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching "Arrested Development" reruns.