Decorating Ideas

DIY: Burlap, Lace & Jute

Rustic – romantic – traditional – Daffy Apple Petite Caramel Apples may be the perfect fall favor!  And there is nothing better than a touch of burlap, lace, or jute to fit the theme.

We started with a Petite Caramel Apple with Crunch, a Clear Cellophane Bag, and piece of burlap.  Our burlap came in a bundle for $2.99 and we were able to cut approximately 10 pieces from the bundle, which comes out to around 30 cents per piece of burlap.

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We simply tied the burlap around the stick and trimmed the ends a bit.

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Lace also adds a fantastic classic, vintage vibe.  We set out looking for something more, lace-y, and ended up with this beautiful roll of crocheted white cotton.

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We cut a piece and tied it on.  That’s it!  This roll of crocheted lace had 9 feet on it for $2.99.  Depending on how long you wish for the tails on the ribbon to be once tied, we found we could cut anywhere from 10 to 15 pieces at a price of 30 cents to 20 cents per piece.

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Now jute!  Jute very quickly became the most popular idea for this post and it is by far the most economical.  We purchased a roll of 243 feet of natural brown jute for $2.99 and used nowhere near a foot to tie the bow in the photo below.  It would be very easy to cut 250 pieces from the roll, at a cost of only a couple of cents per jute bow.

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Unique Toppings

While preparing for the IDDBA Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo 2014, we made over 170 gourmet caramel apples in order to showcase our Daffy Apple Traditional Dipping Caramel.  It was a fun experiment in which we learned which toppings work with both the flavor and the holding power of our caramel.

Cranberries are a topping we have used in the past and currently use on our Daffy Apple Premium Caramel Apples with Cranberries and White Chocolate with Milk Chocolate Drizzle.  Granola, though, is an entirely new idea based on an suggestion from a customer.  We used a very basic granola, but there are so many different mixtures that would taste excellent with apples and caramel.  We also added a white chocolate drizzle to a few of the granola caramel apples to take the taste one level further.

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Sprinkles are a classic topping choice.  We have several color combinations available for order on our website, however for the show we did a few sports themed combos.  We are located in Denver, Colorado – bet you can’t guess which teams we chose!

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There are a number of sprinkle-like toppings out there, too.  We only scratched the surface by including shaped decorettes and nonpareil pearls on this spring holiday themed caramel apple.  Go to the cake decorating section of any craft store and you will find a whole new world of edible sugars, crystals, and even glitter!

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The theme of the expo was camping and so we took our favorite campfire tradition, S’mores, and turned it into a caramel apple by using graham cracker cereal, mini marshmallows and a a milk chocolate drizzle.  Most desserts, from pies to candies to pastries to frozen treats, could be translated into pieces and rolled onto a caramel apple.

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DIY: Beyond Ribbon

Ribbon is wonderful.  Ribbon comes in every color, print, style, width, and it beautifully serves the purpose of keeping a cellophane bag, with a Petite Caramel Apple inside of it, closed.  Not to mention it is inexpensive, easy to use, and readily available.  We love ribbon, but we wanted to go beyond ribbon and see what else we could come up with.

Sparkly clothespins?  Yes!  These blue sparkly clothespins came in a package of 6 for $1.99 or around 33 cents each.

They fit perfectly around a Petite Caramel Apple stick and you could add a piece of clear tape to secure the cellophane bag further.  We’re thinking baby shower with this idea!

Sparkly seems to be a theme developing in this post.  Here are some lovely little sparkly green gemstone brads.  This package contains 9 gemstone brads for $2.99, or around 33 cents each.  We found these in the scrapbooking section and they come in a bunch of different colors and shapes and sizes!

The backs of these gemstone brads are just like regular brads.

They unfold and the metal is plenty strong enough to hold them in place, though, again, you could secure the cellophane bag closed with a piece of clear tape first. We would like to think our next DIY post will be less sparkly, but we can’t make any promises…

The Wonders of the Clear Caramel Apple Box

The Clear Caramel Apple Box.

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It is easy to fold.

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It looks good.

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It is a decorator’s dream.

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Q&A Tuesday: Does Daffy Apple Traditional Dipping Caramel need to be heated?

Yes, both our Traditional Dipping Caramel and Red Candy Caramel must be heated to 180 degrees to become the right consistency to properly stick to apples.  Our 20 ounce and 6.5 pound tubs are microwave safe, so they are super easy to heat up in the microwave.  For further info on how to use our caramel apple dipping caramels, check out the Heating Instructions page on our website and our How to Make a Caramel Apple video on Youtube!

 

DIY: A Rainbow of Ribbon

Ribbon.  The classic closure.  It keeps a cellophane bag with a Petite Caramel Apple in it closed and adds a decorative touch.  The problem, though, is that you have to buy a whole roll of the same color, that is, until now.  Look what we found!  It came from the scrapbooking section of a craft store and is called exactly what you would think it should be called: Ribbon Scrap Pack.

This package cost $3.99 and it contains 12 pieces of ribbon that are 1 yard each, which we found to be long enough to cut in half and tie 24 bags closed.  So that comes out to around 17 cents per ribbon.

Here is what it looks like if you tie a single ribbon on each cellophane bag.  We opted for no bow and cut even more length off of the ribbon, but we promise there was enough ribbon for a bow before we started getting crazy with the scissors!

And here is what it looks like if you double up the ribbons.  If you tie two ribbons on each bag, the Ribbon Scrap Pack will only be enough for 12 apples, at around 34 cents each, but the mix of colors does look pretty neat!

DIY: More Inspiration from Cupcakes

OK, we know you’re on to us with the cupcake thing now.  It’s true, though, many fantastic cupcake ideas can also be used for our Petite Caramel Apples!  Today we introduce the cupcake box.  This package contains 3 cupcake boxes for $2.99, or about a dollar a box.

These boxes take a little bit of modification, but they are the perfect size for Petite Caramel Apples.  Though the window is suppose to be in the top, when used for a cupcake, we flipped the box over on its side and punched a hole in what is now the top to make room for a stick.

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We then put a piece of parchment in the the new bottom of the box, to make our cupcake box food safe, and put a Petite Caramel Apple with Carnival Sprinkles inside.  Since we’ve turned the box on it’s side, it isn’t quite as secure as usual, so it may not be a bad idea to stick it closed with a little piece of tape or a cute sticker or seal.

DIY: Inspiration from Cupcakes

We are often asked about the size of our Petite Caramel Apples and whether or not they will fit in a cupcake wrapper.  The good news is that they do!

We picked up these super cute cupcake wrappers so we could show you.  Each package contains 50 wrappers and was $1.99, or about 4 cents per cupcake wrapper.

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The bright colors of these cupcake wrappers would be fantastic for a birthday party, but think of all of the options this opens up.  They make cupcake wrappers in every pattern and color imaginable!

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And if they need to be a take home treat, they look great in a cellophane bag with a ribbon, too!

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Easter

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Caramel apple created with Daffy Apple Traditional Caramel and placed in a Clear Caramel Apple Box.

Easter is fast approaching!  We think a basket full of caramel apples, dipped in spring sprinkles, would be a great gift for anybunny, or, er, anybody!