Apple of our eye – Teacher Appreciation 2011

Isn’t that cute? We just got done making 101 of them!! That is ALOT. We volunteered to make one for the entire staff at our children’s school for the theme “apple” for that day. I can’t wait for them to get them tomorrow.

You start off with the basic rice cereal treat recipe.

10 oz of marshmallows
4 tablespoons of butter/margarine
6 cups of rice cereal

In addition you will need

Tootsie roll candy
leaf gummy candy (found at local drug store)
red food coloring
small box of strawberry gelatin (or you could use cherry)

You will also need wax paper and cooking spray. I used cooking spray on my hands while I worked on the apples.

In a sauce pan- melt your butter and marshmallows. Once they are completely melted and mixed well, add in your red food coloring (your desired amount) and 1 box of gelatin.  Mix well.

Stir in your rice cereal

Once it lightly cools, start forming your apples. We were able to get 10-11 apples per batch. (yes that is right if I needed 100 apples– I made 10 batches of this in 2 days.. whew!!)

Once you form your ball, I used my thumb to make an indention.

Add in your tootsie roll candy….

Add your leaf gummy candy.

2 Tips…

1-  Clip off the BACK side of the gummy leaf candy. It will expose the back and it will be stickier and will help stick better to the apple. I thought the marshmallow in the treat would be enough but they often fell off. So I used kitchen scissors and snipped off the back and it worked like a charm and you never know the back was snipped off. 🙂

Tip 2-  Don’t sit there and peel 101 tootsie rolls. Enlist your children.. that is why you gave birth to them right?? (Kidding) They actually enjoyed helping mom.

I just love how they turned out!!! SO FUN!!!

I then bagged up the apples individually  once they were cooled completely.

Added a Tag from the PTA.

But I will share the tag with you too 🙂 I love sharing!!!

I used the 3 inch – Uchida Clever Lever Giga Craft Punch, Scalloped Circle punch for this tag.



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30 Responses to Apple of our eye – Teacher Appreciation 2011
  1. Cathy Hammett
    May 4, 2011 | 8:32 am

    I love this idea! Tried to download the tag, but it said the file had been removed.

  2. C&MB
    May 4, 2011 | 9:39 am

    Sorry – I am not sure why. I reuploaded new link Try that. 🙂

  3. Kat Griffin
    May 4, 2011 | 11:30 am

    sweet …in more ways than one!

  4. Kimberly Moore
    May 4, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    This is a GREAT idea! Definitely tucking it a way in the files. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Erin @ Making Memories
    May 4, 2011 | 5:37 pm

    Okay, you seriously rock. I love all of your ideas!!! I just can’t get enough! I wish your kids went to my school!

  6. Hollie
    May 5, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    This is such a cute idea!

  7. michelle
    May 6, 2011 | 10:24 am

    love this great job!!!

  8. Cheryl@SewCanDo
    May 9, 2011 | 9:33 am

    Love how cute this is and am WOWED that you made 101 of them! Thanks for linking this up to Craftastic Monday:)

  9. Joni
    May 9, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Super cute — I never can find the green leaves where I live. Great job! Joni

  10. C&MB
    May 9, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Do you have a walgreens? That is where these came from. However I also know people have used watermelon flavored “airhead” candy and then cut out diamond shapes with kitchen scissors. They made great leaves as well 🙂

  11. C&MB
    May 9, 2011 | 10:56 am

    I still can’t believe I made 101 of them either. I think I have lost my marbles!!

  12. Laura
    May 9, 2011 | 9:38 pm

    Really really cute and wonderful photography!

    May 10, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    I love ideas which I can make! This is doable ffor me!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Stephanie Lynn
    May 11, 2011 | 11:54 pm

    Oh I love these! Super cute and creative. Thanks again for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today as well. Hope the rest of your week is wonderful~ Stephanie Lynn

  15. Amy@happylittleparty
    May 12, 2011 | 4:24 pm

    Love it!! I will definately be making this for my teachers!

  16. Allison @ Alli 'n Son
    May 13, 2011 | 11:21 am

    These are awesome! So creative.

    I’d like to invite you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there!

  17. Cheryl@SewCanDo
    May 16, 2011 | 9:20 am

    You’ve been featured today at Craftastic Monday. Be sure to stop by & grab a Featured On button!

  18. Amy
    May 26, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    What a yummy idea. I just featured it in my Teacher Gift Roundup!
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  19. @pril
    June 7, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    I love this project, really cute. I featured it on my blog:

    Feel free to grab my Featured Button.

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  21. ashley
    September 26, 2011 | 10:07 am

    love this just got done making 24 of them for johnny apple seed day for my little girls class they are so cute i love this idea..

  22. Red Hott Mamma
    October 3, 2011 | 9:36 pm

    Ya know I was super excited to try these (saw you via pinterest 🙂 but they turned out ROCK HARD! I mean I was almost breaking my jaw trying to eat one… the taste was good and all… and I thought I did everything you did… I used big marshmallws instead of small… and I’m wondering if maybe I cooked them too long? I dunno… just wondering if you had any ideas on why they turned out so hard?! Thanks 🙂

  23. C&MB
    October 4, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    I am so sorry they came out hard. That is strange. Did you use a larger box of jello than usual? Maybe that made it harder? Mine were not that hard. Or compressed them too tightly? I am sorry to hear this happened to you.

  24. Red Hott Mamma
    October 5, 2011 | 9:40 am

    I used the smaller box of jello… but maybe I did compact them too tight? Who knows… they were very cute though, and my husband loved the taste, (apparently he doesn’t mind breaking his jaw!) Thanks for the tips… I might have to try them again.

  25. Renee
    May 16, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    link doesn’t work 5/16/2012.

  26. nicole
    September 17, 2012 | 5:12 pm

    LOVE this idea…thinking of using it for next year..we would have to make the about the same you remember approximatly how much it cost you to make 100 of them?

  27. Theresa
    September 22, 2012 | 8:54 pm

    I believe this will be a great art project for Johonny Appleseed. I’m a second grade teacher and I will share this with my co-workers. Thanks so much!

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  30. Marji
    May 6, 2013 | 9:48 am

    I used half the ingredients to test it out…came out hard. Do you think adding extra butter will soften them out? Thank you on the idea of using airheads instead. Do you suggest using the big marshmallows (I used the small ones instead). The gelatin made the treats a little too sweet for me will cut it down by half…what do you think? Overall, I can’t wait to make about 60 for our teachers and staff…love this wonderful idea!

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