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Make Your Child the (Rice Krispies) Apple of Her Teacher's Eye

What does every teacher get on the first day of school? An apple. Smiling faces would be more than enough for any educator, but parents often usher them in with a less than shiny fruit that ends up in the teacher's lounge. In an effort to do something fun the night before my daughter's very first day of preschool, together we made Rice Krispies apples that I hope won't be tossed into the compost.

To see how to make these tasty delights,

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Using the same ingredients (plus one) that you use for regular Rice Krispies treats, melt the marshmallows and butter in a pan or bowl. Add some red gel dye to the mix. When the mixture is a lush red, add the cereal to the mix and stir. Instead of pouring the mixture into a pan, make baseball size balls and lay them out in pans that can be refrigerated. Once they have cooled off for a little bit, take them out and sculpt them into apple molds. For my stem and leaf, I used a diced up caramel and half of a green sugar candy. Using a straw, poke a small hole on top and add a leaf and a stem. Wrap it up in cellophane and tie a ribbon around it. Attach a card with your child's name and that teacher will be begging for apples year-round!


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PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
These look great and such a nice gesture too. It's something that you can do with your child and an opportunity for a child to do something in the kitchen that is age approriate and safe. I'm not a mom but maybe I'll try this out with my sisters. Great idea here, thanks BabySugar :)
andiealex andiealex 6 years
A parent made these for us at the end of the year. They were delicious! She made green & red apples using food coloring. She used green decorating sugar in one area on some of the red apples which was cute. For a leaf she used the green part of a fruit roll up. Each apple had an M & M in the middle. It was the best rice krispie I ever had!
itownsend itownsend 6 years
These are great! I can't wait to make them for the next party at school.
mpn mpn 6 years
I wonder about making them green, a la granny apples, would avert the first pass "looking like raw meat" problem. Might be easier to find something natural to turn them green versus red (per the comment worried about red food coloring).
KrisB KrisB 6 years
@ Michelann: I was thinking the same thing. They do look like raw meat at first glance, lol.
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 6 years
I love these!!! I think I just found a project for this weekend!
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
Looks really neat and would definitely be a great activity for a child. And think of their pride when presenting it to their teacher to say that they made it.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
These are REALLY cute, and a really great idea. Things can get a little overdone with purchased gifts, one year when i was in 4th grade, one of the girls in my class brought in a gigantic basket of apples. Like half a horse bucket size..lol. She was uncomfortable and it was obvious her parents were forcing her. So, when my sisters and I were in school, we never purchased anything for our teachers at the end of the year or christmas, but we always made them something. Our teachers have always really apreciated the home made things, and we often saw them on the walls or their desks years later. So, I really like this idea! We used to do things like small school themed cross stitching, homemade photo albums, etc. It's a shame so many people think people don't care about home made things.
Michelann Michelann 6 years
It's a cute idea but it sort of looks like raw hamburger meat :/
Moms Moms 6 years
babysugar — this is a cute idea and I'm sure your daughter will remember making them with you for her first day of school. So exciting!
FrankiLee FrankiLee 6 years
I love this idea but I would probably look for an alternative to the red dye in the recipe.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
I hope that when school starts for me this year, parents of the older kids I teach will send them off to school with a "no-snarky-attitude" chip embedded into their heads. That would be a very well received gift ;) Though, this is such a cute idea. I may make these to celebrate the start of the school year and maybe win some brownie points so the said snarky attitude may not rear it's head until mid-terms come along :)
babysugar babysugar 6 years
This was definitely not a bribe... rather a fun activity for my daughter and I to do together the night before school. It has nothing to do with trying to bribe a teacher.
Angelica Angelica 6 years
This is such a creative alternative to just picking up something at the store - it's so heartfelt and sweet and I love that you can do it with kids. As an added bonus, teachers will totally enjoy this apple more than a fruity one. Adorable!
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
These are so cute! I am going to save this for when I have to bring snack to preschool this year
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