Photographed by Alyson Moschcovich

Wedding favors are often an afterthought, but not for these local confectioners. From engraved candy bars to artisanal cakes to hand-painted truffles, these chocolatiers can help you make your event extra sweet. Send your guests home with something they can savor after they kick off those dancing shoes. And remember: Though most of these artists don’t need too much lead time (4–8 weeks is usually enough), the more time the better to create something truly custom.

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Tschudin Chocolates & Confections

Middletown

With Tschudin, the sky’s the limit. Owner Roberto Tschudin Lucheme can make just about anything you can dream up, from frozen “moussicle” mousse pops to hot chocolate (with a little brandy), to bon bons in just about any flavor, shape and color you like. Tschudin also specializes in chocolate mousse cakes in a variety of flavors, and can make them in individual sizes so each guest can have their own. You could even do two types — maybe a mandarin orange with some crunch and a smooth chocolatey hazelnut cake — and alternate every other seat to create some variety (and conversation!) at your tables. And if you’re looking for something really showstopping, consider a chocolate sculpture centerpiece for your sweetheart table. About $6 for a two-piece favor box; individual cakes are about $15 per guest. 860-759-2222

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Fascia’s Chocolates 

Waterbury

Fascia’s has some very fun options for favors. They offer the classic assorted box, and full solid candy bars with custom-printed wrappers, but you can also send your guests home with their very own chocolate-covered caramel apple confection rolled in toppings like Oreos or sprinkles. S’mores kits with chocolate-covered graham crackers and marshmallows (and a custom label) would be a hit for summer or fall, and you can’t go wrong with individually wrapped chocolate-enrobed doughnuts any time of year. Two-piece favor boxes start at $3.50; chocolate caramel apples start at $14.95 each. 203-753-0515

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Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates

Goshen

Want something really, really fresh? You can’t get much better than this: The folks at Thorncrest Farm, a working dairy farm in Goshen, create their chocolates using milk, cream and butter from their very own cows. At Milk House Chocolates, they specialize in favor boxes and chocolate bars, and invite couples in for a tasting to choose their chocolates. Mix and match treats like sea salt caramels, pecan turtles, chocolate-enrobed fruit, truffles and more. You can also pick your box size and color, ribbon color and create a custom label — and visit the cows after, too! Many couples choose the two-piece “couples box,” but four-, six- and nine-piece boxes are also available. Two-piece couples box starts at $5.25. 860-309-2545

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Bridgewater Chocolate

Brookfield and West Hartford

Keep it classic with Bridgewater Chocolate and send guests home with a two-, four- or six-piece candy box of delicious, handmade sweets. All of Bridgewater’s favors include milk or dark versions of their Almond Toffee and Soft a’Silk Caramel, and their elegant boxes come in classic ivory and white, plus other options like burgundy and navy. Each is finished with a flourish of wire ribbon (which also comes in several colors). You can personalize your favor even further with a customized message or photo on the inside of the box. It’s tasteful — and tasty. Two-piece favor boxes start at $7.50 per box. 800-888-8742

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Castle Hill Chocolate

Newtown

Owner and chocolatier Erica Sullivan doesn’t just make chocolate — she creates little pieces of art. Every bon bon is handmade and hand-painted, so couples can truly customize a look, and Sullivan loves to make them partners in the process. “My job is to capture your vision in chocolate,” she says. Couples can share their favorite flavors, the palette or theme of their wedding, and work with her to come up with something that uniquely captures this special moment in their lives. Erica has created everything from bon bons with a water-inspired design in swirling shades of blue, to a garden-themed ruby chocolate bar with organic freeze-dried strawberries and pistachios. Favors start at $7.25 for a custom box of two bon bons, including packaging. 203-270-1199

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Noteworthy Chocolates

Bethel

Want it in writing? Go to Noteworthy Chocolates for engraved chocolate treats. Couples can choose from two sizes (a rectangular business card-size “impression” or a 3-inch round medallion) in white, milk or dark chocolate. Choose from one of their new ready-to-order designs, or create your own: Keep it simple with your names and wedding date, or make it even more personal with a favorite quote. You can also create chocolate seating cards which double as favors. Noteworthy is a great choice for eco-conscious couples, too: a 99 percent zero-waste company, they strive to use biodegradable materials. And of course, their tasty chocolate won’t go to waste — it’ll likely get eaten on the way home! Impressions start at $4 apiece, medallions start at $6; seating cards start at $5.50. 203-456-6894

 

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Fridas Fluttering Heart Our own unique artisanal techniques are used to create a fanciful heart with wings sending a sign of love in pure chocolate. $4, Mystic Sweet Shop, Mystic. mysticsweetshop.com Photograph by Alyson Moschcovich

Mystic Sweet Shop

Mystic

From long-stemmed roses to lobsters to “Frida’s Fluttering Heart” pops, inspired by Frida Kahlo and traditional Mexican and Oaxacan pieces, owner Rita Lara can make your chocolate dreams a tasty, hand-painted, 3D reality. “I like to make my things very whimsical and fun,” she says. Because she mixes her own colors and hand-paints every piece, she can make truly anything. Nautical pieces are popular with brides getting married along the shoreline, but she’s also done bride-and-groom Oreos hand-detailed with a gown and tuxedo. For Rita, every detail is important: From mixing the colors to tying bows onto the gift bags, every step is hand-done. Small pieces start at about $3.50 apiece. 860-536-1616

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Le Rouge Chocolates & Cakes by Aarti

Westport

“I do this because I’m passionate about creativity as well as the taste,” says Aarti Khosla, owner and chocolatier of Le Rouge Chocolates. And she’s serious about luxury too: Her high-end offerings include everything from hand-crafted truffles to elegant cakes. She loves to work with couples to create a full dessert spread for their special day, but you can also handpick stunningsweetslike the Open Truffle Flower made with dark chocolate, sliced almond “petals” and a fresh raspberry center, or the hand-painted Give a Little Love chocolate puzzle.If you’re looking for an untraditional (and unforgettable) cake, Aarti can create a truly incredible dessert with your favorite flavors surrounded by chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache. Call for pricing. 203-293-6106