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Taiwanese wedding cookies

posted by Martin Rubli at 16:51

Taiwanese weddings have a myriad of customs, too many for a single person to know or for a single couple to follow.

One of the most commonly followed is the "tradition" of giving a box of wedding cookies to the bride's guests. Calling it a tradition would be a little bit of a stretch because this is apparently a relatively new phenomenon. People used to give wedding cakes, which are truly Chinese-style cakes with different fillings. But in a trend of imitating Western culture those are slowly being replaced with Western-style cookies.

Unfortunately the packaging of these wedding cookies is so elaborate that they not only demand a fair amount of patience to eat, but also result in a huge pile of unnecessary trash. Let's take a little tour of such a box of wedding cookies ...

This is one of Taiwan's typical wedding cookie boxes.

This is one of Taiwan's typical wedding cookie boxes.

Opening the box exposes the first layer ...

Opening the box exposes the first layer ...

... which hides another layer underneath.

... which hides another layer underneath.

This is the entire cookie content of that huge box. When I buy cookies in Switzerland this amount might come in two simple bags.

This is the entire cookie content of that huge box. When I buy cookies in Switzerland this amount might come in two simple bags.

Let's weigh, shall we? 596 grams.

Let's weigh, shall we? 596 grams.

The amassed trash from just one box of wedding cookies.

The amassed trash from just one box of wedding cookies.

And the pile of individual cookie wrappers next to a Swiss Army Knife for size comparison. Again, let's weigh ...

And the pile of individual cookie wrappers next to a Swiss Army Knife for size comparison. Again, let's weigh ...

744 grams of trash for 596 grams of cookies. That's a cookie to trash ratio of 4:5!

744 grams of trash for 596 grams of cookies. That's a cookie to trash ratio of 4:5!

So there you have it ... 596 grams of cookies and 744 grams of trash. Multiply that with a - moderately estimated - fifty guests of the bride and you get the impressive amount of 37.2 kilograms of mostly non-recyclable but easily avoidable trash.

So there you have it ... 596 grams of cookies and 744 grams of trash. Multiply that with a - moderately estimated - fifty guests of the bride and you get the impressive amount of 37.2 kilograms of mostly non-recyclable but easily avoidable trash.

In all fairness, at least these cookies were good. Many wedding cookies I've had - and trust me, there were a lot ;-) - belonged into the 'just okay' or 'who baked these sugar mounds?!' category. There even seems to be a pattern where the quality of the cookies is inversely proportional to the fanciness of the box.

One of my favorites so far was the brand that one of my friends picked. The cookie wrappers aside, the simple and useful box has made a good home for my Clif Bar and Luna Bar stock:

The refreshingly simple box of [http://iris.imeifoods.com.tw/Cookie/cookie.htm IRIS wedding cookies].

The refreshingly simple box of IRIS wedding cookies.

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  1. Kathleen says:

    Hello!

    Do you know where I can order a box of these cookies? I've been looking online everywhere and this is the first time I've seen one of the boxes. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks!
    Kathleen

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