Many materials can be used to construct serving pieces, pulled sugar or pastillage for instance. Nougatine can also be used and it has the additional quality of being totally edible. Thin sheets of nougatine can be cut into decorative shapes and used as garnishes, while thicker pieces can be used like these.
Nougatine is composed with four ingredients: almonds, sugar, glucose, and water.
Lightly toast the almonds, produce a caramel with the remaining three ingredients, add almonds, cool and roll or shape into desired form.
Trimmings may be re-used if you are careful to not let it turn darker brown or allow the almonds to be ground into a fine powder.
[Rose garnish is spun sugar]