(Closed) NOLA themed dessert bar

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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11 posts
Newbee

Pralines might be a good addition to a NOLA-themed candy bar because they come in lots of flavors and are relatively affordable.  The only other New Orleans “candy” I can think of right now is Roman Candy, which is basically a long thin piece of taffy famously served from an old time-y cart at the Zoo (I don’t really like the way it tastes though).  Maybe chocolates shaped like fleurs de lis?  Gummy crawfish?  Candy necklaces as “Mardi Gras beads”?  Not sure about the availability of gummy crawfish, ha, but everything exists out there on the internet, right? 

My favorite NOLA sweets are snowballs (NOT sno-cones haha) and creole cream cheese ice cream…but those things are very melty and wouldn’t really work without special vendors.

Ooo, or maybe candies that play off of classic New Orleans cocktails?  Mint chocolate = mint julep…something fruity = Hurricane…?

But seriously, I think a variety of praline flavors might work really well.

Post # 5
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Newbee

Oooo yum…those look amazing…and beignets would be, IMHO, the BEST late-night-snack ever…with frozen cafe au lait…or just hot coffee with chicory…and chocolate milk.  And Zapps…oh Zapps…when I lived in New York my mom shipped me boxes and boxes of crawtaters.  

Savory beignets would also be amazing as passed appetizers…I spend every year drooling in anticipation of crawfish beignets at jazz fest…nom.

Post # 6
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25 posts
Newbee

Beignets is a GREAT suggestion, as are pralines and shaped chocolates.  Blue Frog Chocolates is a popular New Orleans chocolaterie, and they make choclates shaped like crawfish, gators, fleur de lis etc.  They also do chocolate dipped Zapp’s, which would be a unique dessert bar item.  I would suggest checking out their site for other great ideas.  If you do not want to order all the way from NOLA, you can no doubt find a dessert place near you that can make similar items.

http://www.bluefrogchocolates.com/index.html

Of course, there needs to be a king cake.  You could do multiple varieties of king cakes, from plain to different fillings, which would fill up a good portion of your dessert bar.  It would be a cute option, like those who do different types of pie or different varieties of cheesecake for their dessert.

Bread pudding is a New Orleans desert staple, and would look adorable in little mini ramekins.  You could also do Hubig’s Pies.  Moon pies are a popular throw at Mardi Gras parades, so would be a cute touch.

Angelo Brocato is an old, VERY popular New Orleans bakery, and their packaged biscotti are sold everywhere.  It is an Italian bakery, however, so it may go a bit off thme for you.  NOLA locals would recognize it as a New Orleans food, but others may not see the connection.

You could do cupcakes in Mardi Gras or Saints colors, or with little chocolates fleur de lis on top.  Also, frosted sugar cookies, shaped like fleur de lis or mardi gras masks etc.

While snowballs would be AMAZING, and you can actually affordably rent snowball machines for weddings near New Orleans, I doubt you can find one near CT.  There’s probably just sno-cones around there, which is entirely different.

You could add a coffee station to the end of your desert bar, with chicory coffee.

 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Really, IMO, you can’t call it a NOLA dessert bar without beignets!!  So delicious and so NO!!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

Ooohhh, that sounds like sooo much fun to do a NO theme wedding.  What have you decided so far?  🙂

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