Theobroma, meaning "food of the gods" is the family name of the evergreen trees that produce chocolate. If you like to give your friends and family divine gifts and you have the skills to make truffles, fudge or other chocolate candies, you'll want to present them in an attractive way. There are several ways to wrap chocolates based on the type and size of your candy, whether you will offer them individually or in volume, and the season or occasion they are created for.
Before you wrap up any candy, be sure that it is completely cool. Work with your candy in a cool area and avoid handling it beyond what is necessary; the heat from your fingers can quickly melt your chocolates.
Cellophane is available in a wide variety of colours and patterns. Use a square piece of cellophane, nest the candy in the centre, wrap the cellophane around and tie it with a ribbon. You can also use cellophane as wrapping paper and fasten it with tape. Small cellophane treat bags are also available. Fill the bags with treats and fasten them with ribbons or tape.
Box it Up
Place your candy in a box designed especially for candy. Companies like Sugarcraft (see Resources), have a full range of boxes available to package everything from a single candy or a professional-looking pound.
To have a truly unlimited choice of candy covers, seal chocolates in wax paper, aluminium foil or plastic wrap before using a more decorative material. Once chocolates are sealed, you can fold delicate items over them. Your chocolates can be wrapped in fresh banana leaves, corn husks, wide ribbons, fabric or paper gift-wrap.
Once you have wrapped your candy, add an extra touch to make it stand out. Add a tiny ornament, pine cone or candy cane to a Christmas candy. For birthdays add a miniature toy or birthday candle. Attach special gift tags to your chocolates made out of gift wrap, stamps, scrap-booking paper, or have custom printed tags made.
- The Joy of Cooking; Irma Starkloff Rombauer; 1975