Melissa Mullen PhotographyAdd a little local flair to your dessert bar with treats from Dean’s Sweets. This Portland based boutique offers artisan truffles, caramels and chocolates in an array of delectable flavors. A custom set of your favorite creations can be the perfect party favor to thank guests for joining the celebration!

Dean's Sweets

L&L: Your truffles are the perfect classic wedding favor. What is your most popular flavor?

SWEETS: The salt caramels are probably our most popular flavor. They’ve got that yummy sweet and salt combination, and it’s Maine sea salt, of course. Then again, everyone has their favorites. We had a couple recently who ordered two flavors for distinct reasons: the first flavor was blueberry because the bride wanted to augment the Maine theme, and the second flavor was Scotch because the groom and his friends were single-malt Scotch aficionados. Another match made in heaven it would seem. Our Champagne truffle – a white chocolate and Champagne center dipped in luscious dark chocolate – is very popular among wedding couples.

L&L: What sort of packaging do you offer for wedding favors? Do most couples present one, two, or more truffles to their guests?

SWEETS: For wedding favors, we offer a one, two, or four-piece box, with any choice of truffles or caramels. Our usual boxes are clear tops with frosted bottoms, but we can also supply white or gold boxes in the favor sizes. These come with a custom label (the bride and groom’s names, plus the date, for example), as well as a ribbon matching the color scheme of the wedding. Most couples choose to offer their guests two or four chocolates. Some couples also choose to put packages of Dean’s Sweets in the hotel room welcome gifts or as a special thank you to people who have helped with the arrangements. We offer boxes of eight or sixteen for larger gifts.

L&L: How far in advance should a couple place their favor order with you? Do you require their order be picked up, do you deliver or do you ship? 

SWEETS: A safe rule of thumb is to order your truffles about three to four weeks in advance (more time is great, less time is doable but challenging). That gives us time to make sure we have all the information, all the necessary ingredients, and to make, package, and ship the truffles by the big day. Couples can pick up their order, or we regularly ship Priority Mail (USPS).

L&L: Thank you for giving us an inside peek into Dean’s Sweets. If readers want to get in touch with you to inquire about tasting and purchasing your chocolates, what is the best way for them to reach you?

SWEETS: We are always happy to have folks visit our store to try any of our chocolates. We know it’s important for brides and grooms (and family) to be able to sample and find out what they like most. If that’s not possible, we are always available by phone (207 899-3664) or through our website.

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