Once upon a time, I fell in love with a little organza bag that was out of stock. Well, it miraculously repopulated, and I snatched some up! Thanks to you readers, I learned that they are of Italian origin, called cometa ribbons.
But then I needed some sort of candy to put in the bags. They were made for Jordan almonds, but due to their jaw-breaking quality, I didn’t really want to go for the hard sugar coated rocks. I tried all sorts of different candies – Mike and Ike, M&M’s, mints – pretty much anything round and small. But nothing worked.
It just didn’t look like a flower. So I went back and ordered the almonds. Oh well. They may be a little cliche, but they do make for a very pretty flower. And the taste isn’t that bad either, if you don’t mind the crunch.
So here we go, let’s stuff the cometa ribbon!
We started with five almonds and a ribbon. The actual ribbon itself doesn’t seem so hard to make, but as the price wasn’t bad (and I don’t have time anymore), buying seem justifiable. There was also a silly little tag on each bag, which we removed.
Next, we shoved an almond into every other pocket. It helps if they are all roughly the same sized almonds, since it makes the flower “petals” look more even.
Now, we cinch up the strings!
And finally, we tie up the ends.
Since the plan is to place one flower at each table setting, we had about 125 flowers to make. My grandmother took half, and Mr. Sew and I finished the other half. We knocked our half out in only a couple evenings, so I’d say it was a pretty easy little project!
Ready for shipping!
Jordan almonds. Love them or hate them? And do they really last forever?