These Vanilla Fudge Apples are the perfect treat to thank your children’s teachers with! Instead of a traditional apple give them this deliciously sweet treat that you can personalize however you’d like.
The school year is winding down and I’m sure many of you are looking for a sweet way to thank your child’s teachers for all their hard work. These Vanilla Fudge Apples can be personalized with a special message for Teacher Appreciation Week or end of the year teacher gifts.
Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 6th, and we wanted to thank a few of the teachers that have gone above and beyond to help our exchange student this year. Although her English was pretty good when she arrived in August, she still struggled with translating math terms, learning American history, and doing vocabulary in English class. Her teachers have been so supportive and helpful, and she has gained valuable knowledge of our language and culture, thanks to them.
Each apple shaped teacher’s gift is handcrafted from vanilla fudge. I’ve used this edible craft recipe several times to make Sweet Serenity Stones, Fudge Rocks, Cookies ‘n Cream Tombstones, Edible Garden Stones, and Conversation Heart Fudge. I love the versatility of this idea.
Get creative and customize your fudge apples with a teacher’s favorite quote, their name, or class information. If you prefer, you can just leave them plain, wrap them in a cellophane bag and attach a nice note. Either way, they are pretty sweet.
Personalized Vanilla Fudge Apples (makes 6)
1 batch of red colored vanilla fudge (see vanilla fudge recipe and tutorial, here)
use either red confectionery coating and sweetened condensed milk to make the recipe
OR use white confectionery coating, sweetened condensed milk, and red food coloring
green food coloring
corn syrup (to use as edible glue)
green taffy (I used Watermelon Airheads)
letter embossing stamps (used for food only and cleaned prior to use in hot soapy water)
small leaf cutter or a knife or kitchen shears
Use the recipe for vanilla fudge, found here, to make your red colored fudge. Take about 1 tablespoon of the red fudge and add a drop or two of green food coloring. Stir, to make brown fudge for the apple stems. Pour the warm red fudge into a shallow dish and allow it to cool for at least an hour.
Scoop out the red colored fudge and divide it into 6 equal sized balls. Shape each like an apple making an indentation at the top.Scoop out a small amount of the brown colored fudge and roll it into a stem. Attach it to the vanilla fudge apple using a small amount corn syrup.
Use the letter embossing stamps to add phrases to your apples. Simply press the letters into the fudge creating your message. Be sure your letters are facing backwards when you look at them before you press them into the apple. Once you press them in, the imprinted letters will be facing forwards.
If you make a mistake, just smash the fudge with your hands, knead it a little bit to soften it up, then re-roll it into an apple shape and repeat.
Use a small leaf cutter or a knife or kitchen shears to cut out leafs from some green taffy. Use a small dab of corn syrup to attach the leaves to your apple stems.
Wrap each apple in a clear cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon to give to the teachers.
To store, place in an airtight container and leave at room temperature. These fudge apples will be fresh for several weeks.
Items used to create this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
If you are looking for more fun Back to School or Teacher Appreciation Gift ideas be sure to check out all these other amazing food craft and recipe ideas on my School & Teacher Treats Page.