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Sugared Jordan Almonds, also known as confetti or dragees are a candy favor that is used as a wedding favor.
The origin of confetti comes from ancient Rome where births and marriages were celebrated with a form of confetti. However up until the time of the Renaissance confetti were made from honey. It was only with the introduction of sugar cane in the fifteenth century that modern confetti were born. The 'modern' era confetti were real sweetmeats made from dried fruits, cinnamon, pine nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and candied fruits. These were served at many important banquets.
The first literary reference to confetti was in Boccaccio's Decameron in the early 1350's. The common use of it was recorded from the late middle ages to the Reanissance. In the mid-1400's there is a reference to a wedding banquet for Lucrezia Borgi and Alfonso D'Este, son of Ercole I, Duke of Ferrara, where more than two hundred and sixty pounds of confetti were consumed. (My stomach aches just thinking about it!)
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In the 18th and 19th centuries the use of confetti spread throughout Italy. And the first modern confetti factories were begun in the region of Abruzzo, which has remained the confetti capital ever since. In 1783 it became known as the confetti capital due to the skill of a single family according to a simple recipe that remains unchanged today.
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Many modern brides still give confetti as wedding favors, some electing to make their own, others purchasing them from one of the many companies that sell pre-made wedding favors.