Choosing Wedding Favors will be our last Marry Me on Main update for 2016! Soon we’ll ring in 2017 – the year Mike and Ann get married!! For those who are new to the Marry Me on Main Series here’s a recap:
Earlier this year we partnered with Charlie’s on Main and Wood Violet Events + Styling to host the Marry Me on Main Dream Wedding Giveaway. The overall wedding package is valued at nearly $20,000, and we asked couples to submit a short essay and photo for the first round. After reviewing the entries our panel of judges chose the Top 3 and those couples moved on to the Interview/Photo Shoot round. We met all three of the lovely couples at The Edgewater to learn more about them and their wedding day visions, and to treat them to a mini engagement session with Abbots Lane Photography. It was a tough decision, but there was just an undeniable spark between Mike and Ann. As they sat at the table and shared their story with us we just knew that this giveaway was created for them.
It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know Mike, Ann and Jade over the course of the year and we are SO EXCITED for their wedding day! Mike and Ann will say “I Do” in an intimate ceremony at Charlie’s on Main on Friday, May 19, 2017.
In the Marry Me on Main series, we’ve been following along on their wedding planning journey and shining a spotlight on the participating vendors. Wedding planning is in full swing for Mike and Ann! In the past couple of months they met with the Chocolate Caper, Charlie’s on Main AND their officiant. Many of the details are coming into place and choosing favors at The Chocolate Caper was certainly a sweet task.
Here is our opinion about favors – only give them away if your choice of favor is meaningful to you and something your guests will use and enjoy. Sharing the gift of gourmet chocolate is an obvious choice, and it is surprisingly cost effective. Chocolate Caper owners, Dan and Elizabeth, offer many options and arrangements to accommodate most budgets so we definitely encourage local couples to set up a consultation to discuss the possibilities.
During our consultation, we were greeted with a table full of chocolate to sample and warm welcomes from Dan and Elizabeth. Within moments of meeting Dan and Elizabeth, you instantly feel comfortable and confident that everything will be perfect. They take pride in their craft and customer service, and are so, SO sweet.
Dan and Elizabeth shared their story, explained the artistry behind each type of chocolate, and asked Mike and Ann questions to better understand their wedding day vision. They of course also asked about food allergies and other logistics and then let Mike and Ann consider some of the product and packaging options (while we all continued to sample, of course!).
During the consultation we sampled:
All varieties of The Chocolate Caper’s signature confection – pralines!
- These beauties are a blend of pure nut butters and chocolate, topped with a solid layer of chocolate.
- Flavors include: Toffee-Almond, Smooth Almond, Hazelnut, and Peanut Butter, all in milk, dark and white chocolate.
A variety of truffles including:
- Divine red heart calvados truffle – a red heart shaped truffle filled with a white chocolate ganache with calvados apple brandy for flavor.
- Raspberry heart truffle – a white heart shaped truffle with a layer of dark chocolate ganache, a layer of raspberry ganache, then dipped in white chocolate.
- Brazil dark chocolate mousse truffle – a dark chocolate mousse filled truffle with a cookie crumb foot dipped in dark chocolate
- Checkerboard truffle – a milk chocolate hazelnut filled truffle with a white chocolate “checkerboard” top
- Nougatine truffle – a milk chocolate hazelnut truffle with a caramelized sugar cap.
- Cappuccino truffle – a cappuccino filling inside a dark chocolate cup.
By the end of the meeting, Mike and Ann had chosen their chocolates, packaging type and color, and finalized almost all other details. Their guests will receive a box with a Raspberry Heart truffle and a 1/2 piece of praline, and the flavor of praline will rotate among the boxes. Elizabeth and Dan made it so easy!
A little Chocolate Caper History
The Chocolate Caper was founded in 1983 in the home of Ellen and Claude Marendaz. After perfecting their praline recipe, they began selling at the Dane County Farmer’s Market. In a few short years their chocolates were in high demand and they opened their first retail storefront in downtown. In 2013, Ellen and Claude began considering retirement and a search for like-minded people to continue The Chocolate Caper traditions. At the same time, current owners Elizabeth and Daniel Donoghue were pursuing a dream of their own. Elizabeth’s baking background became a focal point and the couple started test marketing a bakery out of their home, mirroring the humble origins of The Chocolate Caper. Their dream was to open a local, family-owned business with the simple mission of adding magic to the simple moments in life. In the summer of 2014, demand for their baked goods send them searching for a commercial kitchen. They contacted Ellen and Claude to discuss sharing space – and from there, the rest is history. Ellen and Claude shared their desire to sell The Chocolate Caper, and Elizabeth and Dan couldn’t think of a better match than chocolate and baked sweets. Ellen and Claude began teaching Elizabeth and Dan the Chocolate Caper secret recipes that summer, and they officially took over the business in the fall of 2014.