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In a twist on Viennese coffee, a steaming brea sweetened with rum syrup is poured over chocolate hazelnut ice cream. Cocoa-dusted coffee marshmallows top hazelnut whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon. An insulated glass helps keep the temperature contrasts intact. Somewhere between a drink and dessert, the blend can be part of the coffee service or offered before the cake as a refreshing intermezzo.
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Softly sweetened coffee-infused cream makes for deeply flavored panna cottas (Italian custards) that are as silky and light as they are rich. A vanilla-flecked caramel sauce balances the slight bitterness of the coffee. Present them as a delightful dessert course before the cake, or serve alongside it as a creamy counterpoint.
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Coffee and doughnuts are a classic couple and a homey surprise at a wedding. We scaled down espresso-laced doughnuts to two-bit proportions and packaged pairs of them in baking boxes lined with parchment and waxed paper -- easy for early-departing guests to take along for the ride. For those who remain, offer the decadent treats with cups of coffee -- perhaps your favorite flavored blend.
When this icy, foamy frappe is poured into glasses, it separates into layers that intensify in flavor from top to bottom. A cloud of cotton candy gives a jolt of sweetness when stirred into the drink. You or your caterer can buy cotton candy premade or use a machine to make it. These are ideal after dinner at warm-weather weddings; they'd also be stars at the cocktail hour, even without alcohol.
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Coffee-Flavored Wedding Favors
Blue-and-white packaging complements dark coffee favors. Chocolate-covered espresso and coffee beans are stacked in hexagonal boxes tied with silk ribbon. Use rubber stamps (made at an office-supply store) to identify the treats. Homemade coffee truffles, composed of bittersweet chocolate ganache spiked with Irish whiskey and coffee extract, nestle inside candy cups; paper bands, made on a computer using clip art, dress up their boxes. Rich espresso fudge brownies (wrapped in cellophane) are covered with dotted paper. To attach a folded paper fan, pierce its handle with a mini hole punch; thread ribbon ends up from the bottom of the box and through hole in opposite directions; knot on top of fan.
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