Everyone’s heard of the classic teacher’s gift: an apple. But having grown up in a family full of teachers I don’t think any of them ever actually received an apple as a gift. Lot’s of apple paperweights, apple cross stitch and other miscellaneous appley swag, but no actual apples. Fall is the perfect time to make apple treats, and one of my favorites is a candy apple. Why not make a candy apples for your favorite teacher? So how do you make candy apples? It’s really easy…perhaps a little tricky just because temperature is such an issue. (But I know you can do it!)
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
6 medium apples (I love Granny Smith for this)
- Start by boiling a pot of water. You’ll want to de-wax the apples by dipping them quickly in the boiling water to remove the wax coating found on most store bought apples. Just dip in for a second using tongs, then pull the apple out of the water and wipe off with a paper towel or clean cloth. If you do this ahead of time don’t be alarmed if the apples turn brown-as long as they were only in the water for a second or two they’ll be just fine.
- Have I scared you off with the overly specific instructions? I hope not-candy apples are really easy to make, you just have to be careful with the temperature issues.
- Now for the really fun party-turning your yummy candy apples into a fun gift for a special teacher. First put the apple into a large treat bag. The secret to getting a candy apple-which is sticky-into a treat bag is to turn the bag inside out and place it over your hand. Then put the apple in your hand and turn the back right side out. Easy!
- You’ll also need a tag for your gift. I used white,green, red and yellow papers to make my tag. I printed out my message on the white paper, then I made red and green borders using Elmer’s CraftBond Glue Spots in the pop up size to create a shadow effect. I then attached apples punched out of red, green and yellow paper using the CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner. (I confess, the whole thing turned out a bit bigger than I had planned-you can’t even see the apple!) Just punch a hole in the side or center and tie on with a ribbon. You have a cute teacher treat, plus some extra candy apples for the family to enjoy!
- You can view my shopping trip and extra tutorial pictures here.
- This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias. All opinions and extra candy apples are my own.