Monday, August 23

{mini desserts} ice cream apples

it's the first day of a new school year.
let's celebrate with an adorable mini-sized treat...



these adorable little creations came about when i had to come up with an alternative plan for the original idea i had in my mind for our "back-to-school" dinner last night.
i had hoped to make THESE apple cupcakes as a special surprise dessert for my girls.
when i realized there was no time for baking, i quickly went to "plan B".


they were a hit!
and they were pretty simple to make.
they are a little messy...but oh so easy!


i especially love the "bitten" apples...

here are some of the ingredients you'll need...
(you can get creative and come up with some alternative things - i just happened to have each of these in my pantry).

and here's the entire process...for those interested in recreating these!!
cute, right?
i love it when a first plan fails only to be led to an even better idea...
it happens to me ALL of the time! *wink*

picture #4 are the "ice cream apples" i made for the girls last night...
i made another batch this morning, tweaking some of the techniques.
Notice the difference in the "finish" of the sugar crystals between picture #4 and the rest of the pictures.
If you let your ice cream become too soft, the sugar crystals dissolve and you end up without a "glitter-crystal" finish.
I don't think it matters much - both versions are pretty darn cute!
oh! and the rest of our back-to-school dinner consisted of:
fried chicken
corn on the cob
mashed potatoes (these were supposed to be a potato salad but me getting side-tracked led to them becoming too soft).
(thanks kfc for the chicken, corn and biscuits) made dinner prep a cinch! *wink*
The girls LOVED it - we never eat kfc - so this was a surprise treat for them.
and it was also j's idea as i was fretting over what to make.
i thought it was the perfect way to bring summer to a close...


Kori Clark August 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

OH MY WORD! The cuteness and creativity in these is ridiculous! I love them and I will certainly be making them for my little girl before she starts back (to preschool - hehe) in a couple of weeks!

Renee August 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Jess, this is so much fun. I love the ice-cream apples! Oh, your family dinner sounds super. Yum-I am hungry now, wink!

'Wishing everyone a super year at school!!



Roberta August 23, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

Cutest candy apple I've seen in a while...only better because no apples...I'm allergic ;)

Suzie @ cupcake monkey August 23, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

Oh my gosh!! Those are precious!!! The bitten apples are KILLING me!!!

{ L } August 23, 2010 at 1:24 PM  

Are you kidding me?! This is the MOST adorable idea ever! You make everything in life SO that. <3 These are truly amazing.

Office To Aprons August 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

The whole dinner sounds delicious! Ice cream and doesn't get better.

JC's Loft August 23, 2010 at 3:03 PM  

I am SO going to try this recipe! My son will love it! Thanks for sharing!!

Amanda Kreller August 23, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

I LOVE these lil' apples! Super creative and adorable!

Becs August 23, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

These are so cute!!!I can see that they would get extremely messy.. but surely that's part of the fun! Thanks for sharing :D

- Becs @ Stiletto Studio

lisalyn August 23, 2010 at 6:32 PM  

This was a last minute idea??? Wow! These are fabulous!!

Jordan - Polkadot Prints August 23, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

What a way to end the season! Your daughters will totally remember these moments you're making for them! Love it Jess! xo

I run for cake! August 23, 2010 at 9:46 PM  

Super cute treat for your girls! Love how you created a custom logo and step by step card for these little creations, so unique!

*Ingrid* August 24, 2010 at 3:21 AM  

I agree Jess!! these little ones are so adorable,artwork!!!

have a beautiful day

Jessica August 24, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

I am SO making these for the little pumpkin tonight!!! I have all the ingredients on hand (is that bad???). I've got to perfect the technique so that I can make them for "apple week" at Grace's preK. You come up with the "bestest" ideas!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Gwynn @ Gwynn Wasson Designs August 24, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

THese are just too cute!! I especially LOVE the bitten one. Your creativity continues to astound me.

jess @ pen n' paperflowers August 25, 2010 at 6:32 AM  

i'm so glad everyone has loved these as much as i loved making them...please come back and share your versions if you try them out with your kids!!

Jessica August 25, 2010 at 10:39 AM  

So we made these last night...HA! Ours are probably more the "when good things go bad" version...but they were enjoyed nonetheless...even my 14 month old grinned from ear to ear as he made a huge mess! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

jess @ pen n' paperflowers August 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

i'm SO glad you tried them Jessica!! And you are too critical! Yours came out adorable too. Go take a peek everyone:

Rebecca @ Fresh Chick Design Studio August 26, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

You are so creative!!! I wish I had school age kiddos to make these for, but I am sure that time will come soon enough! Thanks for sharing!!

Chic Cookies August 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

These are so beyond brilliant! I posted a link on my column ( love love love 'em!

janice Bella Birthdays and Celebrations August 26, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

these are SOOOO cute! i can't wait to make them. thank you for sharing janice~Bella Birthdays

Alberta August 26, 2010 at 9:09 PM  

Adorable and incredibly creative!

Naomi August 27, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

Brilliant idea! I'm going to tell everyone about this and try it at home.

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