I know this is late for many of you, but you can always use this idea for a teacher appreciation gift, too. I just couldn't do it any earlier--I am in denial--and school doesn't begin until next week for us. I have loved having my older girls home this summer to help entertain my younger daughter.
This is one of my favorite gifts to send in because it just looks like fall and back to school to me. Also, if you don't want to make caramel apples, you have several apples on hand, some candy that will save for anytime, and a basket that is good for something. In other words, one way or the other, the gift will probably be used!
Here's what you need:
*individually wrapped caramel candies
(about 50 or a 14 oz. package)
*5 craft sticks
*recipe (printable HERE)
*card (printable HERE)
*I found bushel baskets at Hobby Lobby this year and bought the smallest size. It holds 5 apples perfectly. In the past, I have found these at the Dollar Store. Don't ask me why I didn't buy 17 or 18 of them when I saw them there! You can bet I checked about 10 times this year! I finally gave in and bought them at HL.
Putting this together is self-explanatory. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here you go:
The card with a message to the teacher has a recipe for making caramel apples attached to the back. You can print those out together on white cardstock HERE. I clipped them together with a paperclip for that school-looking touch.
My recipe came from the back of the package of Kraft caramels and can be found here if you want just the recipe.