Since the eldest hooligan began attending school, we’ve always taken the most perfect apples the kids could find to their teachers on the first day of school. This year, I’m kicking it up a notch. I’ve made these Apple and Toffee Dip Gifts as end-of-year treats before (and blogged about it), so I’m just updating the post with a back-to-school tag.
For the dip, I mixed 8 oz softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon. Each batch filled three of the little Glad containers. I think they’re 4 oz ones. You could also use Mason jars, but I liked these Glad ones, both for the cost and because the hooligans will no doubt swing the bags around on the way to school. I put the dip in a large Ziploc, cut the corner off, and piped it into the containers, to be neat. Then I just sprinkled each with Heath bits (they’re with the chocolate chips at the grocery store).
To make the tags, I downloaded this Teacher Subway Art from Eighteen 25. I wanted a chalkboard look, so I opened the subway art in Photoshop Elements, selected the white background, then clicked “inverse.” On a new layer, I filled the selection with white. Lastly, I inserted a digital chalkboard paper in a new layer beneath the type.
After printing them in as wallet-size, I matted each on a piece of wood-colored cardstock to look like a frame. If you don’t want to mess with Photoshop, the primary colors of the original is awfully cute, as well! Just print it out the size you’d like.
I put the dip and apple in a small cellophane bag form the dollar store, and attached the tag using red and white bakers’ twine. And I’m pretty sure they’re durable enough to make the trip to school, even in a backpack!