Inspired by the Seinfeld episode “Top of the Muffin to You”, I decided to try baking just the muffin tops. Not so impressive looking, since they look a lot like cookies, but the almonds on top definitely put them over the “top”.
Candied almonds have historically been given as wedding gifts or served to the guests as wedding favors. In France, Calissons d’Aix en Provence are said to have been served at the wedding of the king in the 1400s. The Italians serve five almonds to signify five wishes for the bride and groom – health, wealth, happiness, children and long life. known by many names – dragee, confetti, Jordan Almonds, mlabas, koufeta – they are popular at many American weddings as well.