Sunday, July 31

{TUTORIAL} Teacher's Oreo Apple Pops

I'm always so torn this time of year. Back to school time makes me both a little happy and a little sad. Sad that the un-scheduled days of summer with no homework and after school activities will soon come to an end and happy that once again mama can work in a quiet house without 3 little ones fighting over who ate the last of the Chocolate Cheerios. Ah, the joys of childhood and siblings!

And with back to school comes the fun of meeting new teachers and classmates. My kids have always loved taking a little something special in for their teachers on the first day of school. I think it makes them feel special, too, when they can walk in and hand their teacher a sweet treat.

With that in mind, I've worked up a cute FREEBIE BACK TO SCHOOL printables set and a tutorial for some chocolate covered Oreo Apple Pops that I hope the teachers out there will love. The printables include a monogrammed note card set for teachers, teacher gift tags and lots more so be sure to grab your download and be ready for all those teacher gifts we like to give throughout the year.

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These are much less difficult to make than they look with the help of Chocolate Covered Oreo Molds from Spinning Leaf I must say these are the easiest and most amazing tools for making a professional looking cookie in minutes. And at only $6.00, I recommend buying 2 molds so that you can make a dozen treats super quick.


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CHOCOLATE COVERED OREO APPLE POPS

What you'll need:

- Plain chocolate covered Oreo molds from Spinning Leaf
- Wilton Shaped Party cellophane bags (I bought mine at Walmart)
- Red candy melts
- Wooden skewers (find in grocery store, Dollar Tree, etc.)
- Double Stuff Oreos
- Green Air Heads candy
- Stick pretzels
- Sharp Knife
- Back to School FREEBIE printables - print the "Welcome Back" tag and the green chevron paper to make your "ribbon"
- Shredded red paper crinkles
- Pencil vase or another simple vase to hold your apple pops

Step 1:  Melt your chocolate in a double boiler following the instructions on the candy melts bag. Spoon chocolate into your cookie mold, filling about 1/3 of the mold cavity. Place your Double Stuff Oreo into the mold and press into the chocolate, making sure the Oreo is slightly lower than the top of the mold and level.

Step 2: Spoon more melted chocolate over your Oreo to cover. Tap your mold onto the countertop to make sure the chocolate slides down the sides of the Oreo and to remove any air bubbles. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until your molds are filled.

Step 3: Using the back side of a knife, scrape the excess melted chocolate over the mold to create an even surface of chocolate over your Oreo cookie.

Step 4: Repeat step 3 over again until your molds are level and ready to place into the refrigerator for 10-15 to set.

Step 5: Remove molds from refrigerator and slightly bend and tap the Oreos gently out of the mold.

Step 6: Using your knife, cut off the excess chocolate around the base of your cookie.

Step 7: Take the pointed end of your wooden skewer and gently twist it into the side of your chocolate covered Oreo until you've made a hold large enough for your skewer to fit into the cookie. Once the hole is large enough, dab a little melted chocolate onto the end of your skewer and insert it into your cookie.

Step 8: Make another hole with another wooden skewer on the opposite side of your cookie for your apple "stem."

Step 9: Place a small piece of pretzel stick in the hole with a little melted chocolate on it as well. This will help the pretzel stay in place.

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Step 1: Unwrap your Air Heads and cut a diamond-like shape with a sharp knife.


Step 2: Mold the cut candy into a leaf shape using your fingers.


Step 3: Using the back side of the knife, make a crease down the center of your leaf for "veining"

Step 4: Put a dab of melted chocolate on the bottom point of your leaf and place it on top of your chocolate covered Oreo apple.



Step 5: Press and hold the leaf until the chocolate sets.

Step 6: Insert your apple pop in your cellophane party bag.




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Step 7: Add a small piece of green or red ribbon to the base of your apple pop and tie in a bow.


Step 8: Insert your apple pop into a vase filled with styrofoam or green florist foam.

Step 9: Add red shredded paper crinkles and you're done!


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I just love it and I hope those wonderful teachers out there will, too! If you'd like to make a few extras, the apple pops would make a great prize for your child's classmates as well. Just wrap a pop individually in cellophane and use a lollipop stick instead of a wooden skewer for the stick (it's safer with no sharp points).


Be sure to check out tomorrow's tutorial for the Teacher Pencil Vase. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and Freebie Back to School printables download! If you like the printables, be sure to let me know by becoming a FAN of Amanda's Parties To Go on FACEBOOK by clicking the "Like" button. Thanks everyone!

53 comments:

Jenn said...

I LOVE this idea. You are amazing and I can't believe you came up with this! It has got to be the cutest teacher gift I have ever seen.

Lorie said...

Amanda! These are so cute!! What a fun gift to give a teacher at back to school night! Now if only I can get my act together and make some!!!

Kristin said...

How cute are these!!! You have such creative ideas! Love those Oreo molds!

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Charisa said...

These are adorable!

btanders said...

These are so cute! Love it! I've seen these with the mini oreos, but not the big ones. Thanks for sharing!

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Aug. 01, 2011. Thanks again.

Erin said...

These are awesome! I just pinned this!

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I'm a teacher and will be making these for my new little friends AND my daughter's teacher! Thanks for the great idea!

Heather McMullin said...

You are so amazing!!! Would you mind if I used this for my week of back to school ideas in a couple of weeks. I will link back to your page and your facebook page to give you credit and hopefully send new fans your way!

Hugs!
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Carmella said...

It's official...you rock! these are the cutest things ever and I'm sure any teacher would love getting these as a gift!
I'm off to share this on my Facebook page!

thanks so much for sharing!!

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

thanks, this is genius

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trophyw.blogspot.com said...

Adorable, I bet the teachers will love them. I'd love for you to link this to my brand new linky party. http://trophyw.blogspot.com/

Ginger@gingersnapcrafts said...

Adorable! :) Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog.. if you haven‘t already. Hope to see you there. {I’m a new follower.} :)

Ginger

HI THERE! said...

So so cute! I will be looking up those molds as soon as I am done here. Such a fun back to school gift! If you get a chance I would love it if you could link these up to my link party.
Jenn :)
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TSOUL IT IS said...

Hi I just love these I just ordered the mold off e-bay so I can make these and they would make cute Pumpkins thank you for showing us these

Brianne said...

I saw your post because you linked up at www.sugarbeecrsfts.com, and I have to say I LOVE you idea!!! I'm a teacher, and I think I'm going to attempt to make these for my fellow staffers. What a great back to school treat!!!!!

Valerie@Occasionally Crafty said...

These are so beautiful- I hadn't heard of the molds, so that's a great tip to make them gorgeous!

I'll be featuring these on my blog tomorrow for Three Things Thursday- stop by and check it out!

Valerie- www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com

Shannon said...

What a great idea.. LOVE THEM!!

Lori said...

This is just darling! Saw your picture on Whipperberry and had to take a closer look!

Sommer said...

No way! These are the absolute CUTEST 'pops' Ive seen! I would love to feature these on my blog. I hope you will show this off at my VIP party today!http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-22.html

Sachiko said...

I love this idea, so fun! Thank you for sharing!

elliesbites said...

I love the oreo apples!!! I am absolutely doing this for my daughter's first day of Kindergarden! am so glad I found you through Show and Tell Saturday! :)

shopannies said...

what sweet treat for teachers

Beth @ Hungry Happenings said...

What a great idea. The whole bouquet looks so sweet and I'm sure any teacher receiving one of these will truly love it.

I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

Oh my gosh this is SO dang cute!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Thanks for sharing!

xo-
Jamielyn
I ♥ Nap Time

Something Swanky said...

I'm sure you already know this, but these are incredible looking! Great tutorial. I'm doing a special "pop" related giveaway at my link party this week, and I'd love for you to link these up! I'm your newest follower-- I'd love a follow back when you get a sec to swing by my blog :)

Ashton
http://www.somethingswanky.com
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Amanda Dale said...

That is so stinkin cute! totally pinning this! Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial!
-Amanda
www.theivycottageblog.blogspot.com

Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe said...

These are seriously cute! Great job!

Stephanie said...

These are so cute! What a great gift idea!

Anonymous said...

These are adorable. I bought the molds to make them, however i ran into some issues when trying to poke the holes for the pretzels and the skewer. I had several of them split. Any suggestions?

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

SO GLAD YOU LINKED THIS ON my link party. I shared it on my COM-FB page. winks-jen

MamaBear said...

I love these! My daughter is going into first grade and this would be a great gift for her new teacher!Thanks for sharing the awesome idea!

Pam @ Keeping Life Creative said...

I'm so in love with these! I'm the new PTA president at my son's school...I think these would be a perfect "welcome back" treat for our first meeting! Thanks for sharing such a cute idea!

Marci Coombs said...

These are absolutely adorable! I shared a link to these from my blog.....thanks for being so creative!

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ACreativeDreamer said...

Those really are very cute... makes me wish mine were back in school!

Kara said...

Super cute. One of the cutest teacher gifts I've seen so far.

Heidi said...

Love this~! I am seeing pumpkins for the fall or halloween and ornaments for Christmas too! I shared on my facebook page (Bringing Me Joy) for others to see. Love your work!!

Heidi said...

Love this=! I am seeing pumpkins for fall and ornaments for Christmas too! I shared on my facebook page (Bringing Me Joy). Love your blog and party stuff!!
You are amazing!

Sheri@childmade.com said...

Thanks for sharing! Your tutorial has been featured on this week's newsletter. You can view the newsletter here. Keep up the great work!

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Sara said...

I'm a Kindergarten teacher and I have fallen in love with this. I am getting 2 new teachers on my team this next year and this will make a great welcoming gift! And I'll have time this summer...I hope to make them up! How did you do the pencil holder? I want to try that too...without ruining the pencils!

Kristen said...

I ordered those molds and they arrived just in time. My first time working with candy melts and molds and mine aren't coming out as nice on both sides, but they look pretty good. Tutorial made this very easy. Thanks!

Chad said...

These are awesome! I just pinned this!

Amy said...

How long ahead could you make these without the cookies going stale?

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Yvonne said...

So, my melts are not as red as yours...is there a way to make them redder? Did you use Wilton? Also, does using double stuff help them to fit on the skewer? I only got single stuff because I was worried about the depth of the mold....

Yvonne said...

So, my melts are not as red as yours...is there a way to make them redder? Did you use Wilton? Also, does using double stuff help them to fit on the skewer? I only got single stuff because I was worried about the depth of the mold....

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