Decorating Ideas

Petite Caramel Apple Wedding Favors

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Thank you so much to Stephanie for sending us these beautiful photos! She used our Petite Caramel Apples as her wedding favors and added the most adorable tags ever!!

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…