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Nothing ends the wedding on a high note like amazing favors that are undoubtedly Chicago. Here, some of our favorite local companies ready to delight your guests.
Garrett Popcorn Shops (Above)
While the happy couple takes center stage all day, it's that magical marriage of cheese and caramel in Garrett Popcorn's Chicago Mix that will leave guests happy at the end of the night. Mini take-home bags are the perfect size for late-night snacking, and that addictive sweet and savory popcorn is totally worth the stained fingertips. Read real brides' reviews here!
Our favorite local cupcake company— which delivers its fresh, irresistible treats to your doorstep the next morning when you order online by 5pm — is launching Stacks by Foiled, an 8-ounce wedding-cake-in-a-jar perfect for guests to take home as favors. Choose from several different assortments based on your theme and personal preferences, and then wrap it up with a customized label. We're not biased or anything, but the assorted flavors of buttercream frosting will have you booking a personal home delivery.
Not many people realize this gourmet chocolate company is actually based in Chicago, where all its delectable sweets are crafted. Vosges creates unlikely flavor combinations that are totally crave-worthy (such as an entire library of bacon and chocolate products), and it turns up the volume on classic chocolate pairings: For example, the Barcelona bar — which is milk chocolate mixed with roasted almonds and fleur de sel — sounds basic, but you'll never look at another chocolate/nut candy bar again. Plus, you can feel good about supporting a certified organic manufacturing facility that's completely operational on renewable energy. Read real brides' reviews here!
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Though this sandwich shop has grown to more than 300 locations across the country, it was founded here on Lincoln Avenue in the 1970s. Chances are, if you're from Chicago, you're well-aware of this fact, because that homegrown pride is the justification you tell yourself every time you can't resist those warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Luckily, they make for a sweet ending to a long night of dancing.
Inspired by his grandmother's recipe, the founder originally created the McCall's Classic toffee for friends and family in 2002 before opening his shop in 2005. Since then, he's grown his flavor profiles to include chai spices, French lavender and even crushed wasabi peas. Surprise guests with playful combinations like the Matzo Toffee and Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee.