First, over the summer when everything is rediculously cheap, I stocked up on supplies at Target. A box of pencils for a quarter, are you kidding? I also picked up some cute ribbon when I purchased my basket. I already have a stockpile of tissue and anti-bacterial gel, so I added those. Finally, we collected all of our box-tops we had saved over the summer, so that we could inluded those as well. I also had darling daughter write her teacher's name on the board.
Time to make the apples...Since I didn't go to the store we had to use what was on hand (hence the Mickey Mouse sprinkles and the sticks). We gathered some good sticks from outside. I scrubbed them with dishsoap and hot water, then I microwaved them at 30 second intervals two times until they were dry. Use caution when doing this and watch them carefully.
We used a bag of Kraft caramel balls I purchased at Walmart. We simply added the caramel and water to a glass measuring cup and microwaved according to the package instructions.
After rinsing and drying our apples we inserted our sticks, this takes a bit of muscle. Then, we dipped them in the caramel and trasferred them to parchment paper. We cupped the parchment paper gently around the apple and poured in some sprinkles and gently pressed them into the apple. Into the fridge they go for one hour. After they have set you can now wrap and tie them. We used clear treat bags, found in the candy making section at Michael's.
Mmm...of course we made extra so we could taste test!
All in all, my daughter and I were able to contribute to her class room, have fun doing it, and add our own personal touch. Mrs. Jacob's opened it in front of the class and everyone begged her for the apple.
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