School may have already started for your kids, but this is a quick and easy idea to give your teacher a little “Thank You” in advance this school year. I found this small silicone apple ice cube tray at my local grocery store for only $2! I couldn’t believe how cheap it was and picked it up right away. Of course, my first thought was Back to School Teacher Gift and not exactly ice cubes (although I will probably make those at some time too).
It is my daughter’s second year of preschool. Last year, I customized a planner with a printable Back to School page I purchased from Jane.com. However, last year her teacher was a family friend and former neighbor. So I didn’t feel odd for giving her a nice gift. This year she will have a different teacher, so our needs are a little bit different.
I also know there is a bit of an attitude from moms around Back to School teacher gifts. They are all over Pinterest this time of year, but when I actually talk to other moms, they think it’s not a thing to do and a little brown nosey.
So that’s why this little gift is perfect. It is small and edible (plus super cute). It takes about 15 minutes to make too, so it is easy for moms to make the night before the first day of school.
How To Make Chocolate Candy Apples
SuppliesSilicone apple mold 1 bag Wilton red chocolate candy melts 1 bag Wilton green chocolate candy melts
Apple Shape Silicone MoldWilton Red Candy MeltsWilton Green Candy Melts
First melt your chocolate. I didn’t need much of the green chocolate, because it was just for the tiny stem. But I also thought it was fun to do some half red and half green candy apples. They turned out really cute!
I used the end of a plastic paintbrush to put the green chocolate in the tiny stem section of the apple. You can also use something small – a toothpick, the edge of a fork, meat thermometer, etc. I wanted the colors to be completely separate.
Don’t be afraid to just go all with one color though. If you can’t get the green to stay in the stem alone, or if you want to make this just a bit easier on you. They will still turn out cute if they are all red or all green. If you decide to do that, I would give a mix of red and green candies in the gift.
Let the chocolate candies harden in the fridge for a few hours. Once they are completely hard, just pop them out of the silicone mold (that is why I love silicone molds so much, they are so easy to work with!).
You can package the candies in a small plastic bag with a twist tie and a ribbon bow, or get fancy with a printed label. Your child’s new teacher will have a quick afternoon pick-me-up in the form of some chocolate at the same time as they are welcomed to the new school year.
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