Valentine's Day

The Delicious Ways Pastry Chefs Hide Engagement Rings

published Feb 12, 2016
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As an introvert, I would be absolutely horrified if a stranger asked me to help with their proposal. Heck, I’d be sweating bullets if a friend asked me to help — I can’t keep that kind of secret! But upscale restaurant staff? They’ve got it down to a science.

It’s true that every proposal is special, but — thanks to them — some are definitely more delicious than others.

To the shock of absolutely no one, Valentine’s Day is a big holiday for engagements. Lovestruck diners often alert the restaurant to their plans in advance, allowing for show-stopping creativity in the ring’s delivery. How about a golden egg filled with glistening crystals of salt and — you guessed it — a diamond ring? Or churros made to look like onion rings, alongside containers of cherry jam “ketchup” and a sneakily placed ring box? I mean, I’d say yes to a Ring Pop … but that kind of pizzazz definitely wouldn’t hurt.

Sometimes, however, diners are so blinded by visions of love and romance that they don’t alert the staff to their plans in advance, which can cause a stir. According to Alex’s article at Bon Appetit, Rebecca DeAngelis, pastry chef at Babbo, once found herself hurriedly hiding a ring under a scoop of sorbet — while the target of her guest’s affections was in the restroom!

For a more thorough look into how pastry chefs play an important role in one of life’s most cherished moments, check out the link below.

Read more: How Pastry Chefs Hide Engagement Rings in Desserts from Bon Appétit