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Did you know . . .

BannerCrunchApplesRarely do we think of apples in terms of numbers, well at Daffy Farms we do, but that’s because we use a lot of apples!  Throughout the world there are over 7,500 different varieties of apples and around 2,500 of them are grown in the United States alone.  The only variety native to North America is the crabapple. Out of all of the different kinds of apples only 100 varieties are grown for commercial use. Apple trees grow and thrive in all 50 U.S. states, but only 36 house commercial apple growing orchards. Learn more about apples and numbers here!

Did you know . . .

CAM01253 - UseThe Granny Smith apple originated in Australia in 1868. It was cultivated by Maria Ann Smith, who emigrated with her husband, Thomas Smith, to Australia from England in 1839. Maria and Thomas purchased a small orchard in 1855 and though there are different tales, it seems the first Granny Smith seedling grew by chance. Soon after the accidental tree began producing apples, Maria learned that its fruit was green in color, sweet and crisp, and great for cooking and storing. She would go on to sell her apples at Sydney’s George Street Market once a week, where they quickly became popular and known as “Granny Smith’s apples.”

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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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: Apples and Caramel and Leaves, Oh my!

Close your eyes and picture an apple.  What do you see?  Bright red or green skin, a brown stem, a crisp little leaf?  That’s what we see too!  So, we traveled down to our local craft store with the traditional image of an apple in mind to serve as inspiration for DIY decorating our Petite Caramel Apples.

We found these bunches of leaves in the floral department.

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The green leaves were $1.99 for 24, or around 9 cents each.  The white iridescent leaves were $1.99 for 11, but we think we might have had an extra in our bundle, we are assuming there were suppose to be 10, which means they were around 20 cents each.  The stem of each leaf is made of wire, so it is super easy to use and works well in keeping our clear cellophane bags closed.

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We’re partial to our Petite Red Candy Caramel Apples with Crunch with the green leaves attached, but the white iridescent leaves do add some nice sparkle!

We also came across burlap leaves.  Burlap has a fantastic rustic fall feel to it and it is everywhere right now! These leaves were all attached to the same branch, 7 in total, for $1.99, or around 29 cents each.  What we discovered while working with them, though, is that they can easily be detached and used like the other leaves with metal bendy stems.

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How cute would a whole table full of these be at a wedding reception?  Or maybe one at each place setting?

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We also picked up a coral colored burlap flower.  These burlap flowers come in many different colors, so they could coordinate with a number of theme color combos.  At $1.99 each, the addition of the flower may become a bit extravagant for 250 favors, but for a smaller party or as individual gifts, we think the flower dresses up one of our Petite Caramel Apples in quite a lovely way.

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