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! Italian wedding tradition for guest!
Thought to encourage conception, the candy coated almond is often presented to the wedding couple. Sugared almonds are also sometimes used in place of a cake in traditional Italian weddings. Traditionally five almonds are presented to each recipient and are intended to represent fertility, happiness, health, longevity, and wealth. Since fresh almonds are slightly bitter, the sugar coating is supposed to represent the sweetness of the union that makes life less bitter.
Dragées ~ sugared almonds ~ often used as wedding favours in France. The "bitter" almonds and "sweet" sugar coating symbolize the bitterness of life and sweetness of love and they are often packaged in groups of five to represent happiness, health, longevity, wealth, and fertility. | Avail. here: http://www.ukweddingfavours.co.uk/confectionery/sugared-almonds and http://www.aquarterof.co.uk/sugar-almonds-p-191.html