If you're looking for a unique Mother's Day gift for a plant-lover or gardener, take a look at Garden Bon Bons, which might just make you do a double-take. While these bon bons certainly do look like chocolate truffles, they're actually specially designed seed bombs that would make a great gift for the experienced or novice gardener.
Garden Bon Bons are made by the Seattle-based design firm Moulton, and they employ a centuries-old planting technique. Each one contains seeds, compost and clay. The compost helps feed the seeds, while the clay holds each ball together and protects the seeds from insects. Some of the truffles are even rolled in coffee grounds or cinnamon, which serve as natural pesticides.
The bon bons come in a number of varieties including collections of Italian herbs, herbs for making herbal tea, herbs for making cocktails and even edible flowers. They are arranged in a box and decorated with ribbon so they look just like a box of chocolates.
To plant the bon bons, simply place them on top of soil in a sunny location (either outside in the garden or inside in pots) and water regularly. Make sure not to bury them in the soil because that will hinder the germination process.
Each box of Garden Bon Bons comes with eight seed balls that will grow into four different kinds of plants. Boxes cost $15.95 each and can be purchased at Moulton's website or at the Garden Bon Bons Etsy shop.