It’s all in the presentation when it comes to these ways to dress up a cupful of brew.
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Hot beverages don’t have to be basic at your celebration. Add a little something extra special to them to delight all your guests.
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Just as the coffee is being poured, the dancing always seems to be in full swing, leaving friends and loved ones with a cold drink when they return to their tables. Keep the brew warm by resting caramel covers across the top of each cup. The heat from the beverage will soften each wafer, turning it into a gooey treat too sweet to resist.
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After-dinner cappuccinos positively bloom with a flower drizzle drawn using warm syrup atop the steamed milk. The flower consists of five simple loops of chocolate made one after another in a single smooth motion. For the best results, make sure the foam is thick and dense, and the syrup thin and light.
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As the reception winds down, give your attendees one last delicious treat. Accompany each cup of coffee with a pair of fresh cherries dipped in scrumptious melted white chocolate.
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Personalize your after-dinner drinks by serving cookies in your own likeness. The Victor Trading Co. will create custom cookie cutters using silhouettes of you and your spouse (send them drawings to use by tracing the outline of your profiles from a photograph). For the best results, use the cutters on a firm dough that holds its shape while baking, such as our Cinnamon-Orange Molasses Cookies.
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A petal makes the perfect dish for a sugar cube to sweeten a cup of coffee. These pink rose petals are a dainty touch, but any favorite bloom can be used as long as it’s organic and nontoxic.
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These edible utensils will delight friends and loved ones and add a swirl of chocolate to their after-dinner coffees. Place a tray of these “spoons” at the service table, or add individual cookies to saucers.