Monday, May 21, 2012

Showing appreciation!

 It's that time of the year...
Time to show appreciation to teachers and people who have influenced our lives over the past year!   

This year I was going to try a variation on my Gourmet Apples as I had seen on Pinterest people that had cut apples into slices and then dipped them in caramel. However, that did NOT work at all.
 SO, I just did my usual... 
Fuji Apples were on sale for .59 a pound
and so I was able to purchase 12 apples for $2.51.
Made up a batch of my caramels,
dipped the apples...
topped them in with crushed M&M's...
and then drizzled with some melted chocolate.
 After they have cooled, 
put them in a cellophane bag...
attach a note and or bow 
 (along with a handwritten appreciation letter)
and you're ready to deliver yummyness! 
Gourmet Caramel Apples
First clean apples well....then stick a bamboo stick in the top for easy dipping)
Crush up Peanut M&M's, or whatever other treats you would like to top your apples with

(Caramel recipe)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups sugar
¼ tsp salt
1-1/2 cup Karo Syrup
1 cup butter
1-2 tsp. real vanillla

Cook first 5 ingredients to soft ball (235 degrees) stirring occasionally so as not to burn.
Stir in vanilla.

Take apples and dip in the caramel until coated well...
Sprinkle on toppings
and let cool on metal or plastic pans.
After they have cooled slightly,  
drizzle on melted chocolate
AND then pull out bamboo sticks
Let completely cool overnight

Wrap up however you would like and share with teachers, friends, or whomever you would like!


" Hit It......." said...

Thank you for the idea. I guess I better get working on it. I always wait until the last minute and then spend way too much on gifts. :)

Our Paper Plates said...

Oh yum!! What a sweet gift (no pun intended.. ha ha). Can't wait to try this recipe out! Hope you are surviving May ok :)

E. said...

Cute idea!

All Our Fun said...

YUMMY!!!!!!! I want one! Oops, I'm not a teacher. :(

Natalie said...

Yummy. I've been looking for a good recipe for caramel apples. Thanks a lot.

LKP said...

HOLY YUM! hadn't anticipated finding this scrumptious eye candy today. i just MIGHT have to give 'em a go, and let the other unimportant tasks, like laundry, go for the afternoon. :) thanks for sharing! ::hugs::