June is an extra sweet time of year, not only is it the start of peak wedding season, it’s also National Candy Month.
Butterfields Candy in Nashville has found a way to combine both with dropping a peach bud in a glass of sparkling wine or champagne. It’s an easy way to add a little something different and a touch of North Carolina to your big day.
Butterfields Candy are the original makers of the popular Peach Bud hard candy, described as “fresh, ripe, peach tang, mixed with a sweet dab of smooth, creamy coconut.” The company has been a family-owned and operated in Nash County since 1924. Their other hard candy flavors include key lime, lemon, honeybell and orange.
Owner Dena Manning said it was a friend of hers that first thought to drop a peach bud in her glass of champagne. “She loves champagne and she loves Peach Buds so she got the idea to mix them,” said Manning. “It adds a nice hint of color in the glass and gives the drink a peachy taste.”
“Customers have also called us to tell of other ways they have used our hard candies for mixers,” she added. “Including the Key Lime Buds in vodka and the Honeybell or Lemon Buds in tea.” The candies also make a good party favor for guest to take home from the special day. Butterfield’s Candy is found online or at specialty stores and grocers.
Adding a Peach Bud to your sparkling wine isn’t the only way to add a little Got to Be NC to your big day. North Carolina has several wineries that offer sparking wines. Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville, Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda and Shelton Vinyards in Dobson have all been winners at the N.C. State Fair for their sparkling wines, but other wineries also offer sparkling varieties.
Finally, consider a North Carolina agritourism farm for your wedding destination. There are more than 150 farms that offer wedding packages and breathtaking views.
Peach Buds and Sparkling Wine recipe:
- Pour a glass of sparkling wine or champagne
- Drop a peach bud into the glass
- Serve immediately