This is my final post on the Back to School ideas before going back to school and I think we’ve saved the best for last. What better treat to serve at a Back to School party than caramel apples? A tip from my mom, who dipped this apple for me: always make sure your apples are super cold before you dip them in the caramel. We used a pencil as the stick and a cool cupcake liner to set the dipped apple in.

And, like everything else, I think this would also make a great teacher gift…

For more back to school ideas, click on the tag below. Photo by Nicole Hill Gerulat. ©One Charming Party.


  1. I have thoroughly enjoyed your Back to School specials . . . thanks much for sharing! I have never seen cupcake liners like the one used with the caramel apple before. Would you kindly share your source?

    Robin    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  2. How CUTE!! I love it!! Did you cover the pencil in something before inserting it into the apple? (just b/c of the lead)

    Kate    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  3. Its me again. Do you think its healthy to use a pencil as a stick? What about the paint? Or the lead(which I knowis not really lead anymore, but I can’t remember what it is) I don’t want to be a party pooper, but I don’t know if the teacher would be afraid to eat it. But. As all your ideas are, it’s SUPER cute.

    Belinda    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  4. you could perhaps cover the bottom of the pencil in saran wrap?
    I grew up biting on my pencils and am a perfectly healthy soon to be 40 year old ;-)

    adriana    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  5. ah, and great idea, btw… thanks for sharing all your wonderful back to school ideas. I really enjoy your posts! :-)

    adriana    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  6. Robin–I thought that I bought those cupcake liners from Bake it Pretty, but I can’t see them on her site anymore. But they are just a standard size cupcake liner that was flattened more because of the base of the caramel apple. It makes the cupcake liner looker wider.

    Kate & Belinda–No, we didn’t cover the pencil with anything. Pencils have graphite now, not lead, and graphite isn’t deadly. My mom makes these apples for us every year, and we eat them by cutting around the core with a knife, so I don’t think the graphite or the paint would be a problem. If you were worried you could just use the regular old sharpened wooden stick that my mom normally uses.

    Adriana–I haven’t ever tried saran wrap, but it might come off when you force the pencil into the apple. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the Back to School posts!

    Brittany    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  7. I have LOVED these back to school ideas! Thank you! Those who are concerned about the lead and paint from the pencil shouldn’t worry! No one eats right through the core of the apple where the pencil is inserted anyway. If they do then it’s worth the risk because these are so darn cute! :)

    Allison    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  8. LOVE THIS!!!!!

    Jessica/littlepumpkingrace    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  9. Hello again! You’re right! I did a little research (I’m a freak about food safety b/c of all the cakes I make…I need everything I make to be safe) and pencils are made from graphite which is considered nontoxic. Not saying you should intentionally EAT it (lol), but it really should be fine in this case. SOOOOO, yay!!! Its such a cute and great idea. I’m just glad its safe to eat as well. :)

    Kate    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  10. Amazing website! I have particularly loved your back to school ideas and hope that at least one of my students is also reading this! Thanks so much for sharing your tips with those of us who don’t live close enough to hire you!

    Liz    Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  11. This is absolutely the cutest back to school teacher idea I’ve seen this year. So easy and inexpensive, too!!! LOVE IT!

    susan    Thursday, August 19, 2010
  12. Would you please post your caramel recipe? Or, did you just melt packaged caramels? SOO fun to get or receive!

    Emilou    Tuesday, August 24, 2010
  13. I would love to receive this gift! You have wonderful ideas and beautiful photography. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Kendel @ Eating Abroad    Friday, August 27, 2010

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