Ladies Craft Night (LDS Super Saturday) Edible Gifts? I need Ideas please

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Posted: 10/15/2008 10:50:56 AM
It is a little late for me to be freaking out. But I am. This Saturday is our church's Ladies Craft Day-aka Super Saturday. The theme they are doing seems to be ideas for Christmas gifts, all the crafts could make great gifts for neighbors, family, self etc.

I was asked to teach a class or give a demonstration on Edible Gifts. I said yes and then changed my mind, only it was too late I had 5 or 6 ladies already signed up AND I found out they want me to make extras and provide an array of treats for dessert.

DH is no help, he says I brought this on myself.

So what would you expect from a class that was called Edible Gifts????

*I should add that I am 'famous'(in my neighborhood) for my neighbor gift plates. I do 7 or 8 different fudges, dipped cream chocolates, divinity and caramel in addition to a few special cookies. They end up looking like the best little 'taste of' sweet treats. I can't really demonstrate any of that, except for the divinity.

Do you think ^ that is what they had in mind? Me teaching everyone how to make a variety plate like that???

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Posted: 10/15/2008 11:01:48 AM
I'm sure that's what they had in mind when they asked you. Could you demonstrate the divinity and/or fudge? How are you at dipping? You could do those caramel/chocolate dipped pretzel rods too as something that would be hands on for the ladies. How long is your class supposed to be?

Here is what I would do, depending of course on the amount of time I had. First off, I would print up a packet for each of the ladies with any of the recipes that I was willing to share. (Include some of those that you usually put on the plates, and maybe some others...) Do a demo of the fudge or divinity. Then show them how to make caramel and how to properly melt the chocolate for dipping. Then have them try their hand at dipping various things: pretzels, marshmallows, fruit, whatever else strikes your fancy. Then all those things you made/dipped during the class could be the desserts for later. (You may want to make up a couple of extra pans if you think there will be a lot of ladies there.)

Good luck! I know that things like this are always nervewracking!!

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Posted: 10/15/2008 11:05:17 AM
Thanks Shanni!

I was toying with the idea of having them dip pretzels in caramel and chocolate and making divinity. Those could be done in the space of time we have (45 minutes-1 hour)

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Posted: 10/15/2008 11:08:03 AM
I think the easiest thing to demonstrate would be the dipping pretzels?

As far as edible gifts, we've been giving batches of "puppy chow" in our goodie baskets too. That might not be too hard to demonstrate, if you have a bunch made up, and do a small batch as an actual presentation. (if you have a microwave...)

Besides focusing on the actual food part, put part of the focus on the "display" part also. How to package your food items nicely. (We bought a bunch of those target $1 mini buckets w/the fur around them last year, and then put a baggie full of puppychow in that w/pretty ribbon)

That way you could show how to do just two different things, and then the rest of the time, how to go about packaging them nicely~

(and heck, if you're a scrapbooker, you would have alot of the supplies for all the packaging!)

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Posted: 10/15/2008 11:18:49 AM
Thanks Delayney. I am a scrapper and I do have packaging stuff available. I do like the idea of focusing on presentation.

I have no idea what puppy chow is.

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Posted: 10/15/2008 11:23:31 AM
Puppy chow is where you take a mixture of peanut butter/melted choc and pour it over rice chex? Then coat it w/powdered sugar.

Let me go find the recipe. BRB~

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Posted: 10/15/2008 11:25:52 AM

I got this off of T.McFaden's blog!But it's the same as mine. I have also stuck the choc.covered rice checks in a brown paper sack and poured powdered sugar in, and closed it up and shook it. Works just as easy.
9 cups Rice Chex Mix

1/4 C butter

1 C semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 C peanut butter

1 t vanilla

1 3/4 C powdered sugar

Pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl. Set aside. In separate microwave safe bowl, melt butter, ch. chips and peanut butter for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. If needed, microwave another 15 seconds--until smooth. Add vanilla. Stir. Drizzle chocolate mixture over cereal and stire to coat cereal. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. I use a huge Tupperware bowl w/lid and shake the bowl to coat the cereal with sugar. Once coated, spread mix on wax paper or cookie sheets to dry. Store in a covered container. You could also mix it in a large Ziploc bag. We added a bit more powdered sugar.

Makes 12 cups.


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Posted: 10/15/2008 11:33:43 AM
Your neighbor treat plates sound wonderful. I would love some tips from someone whose candy actually turns out well. Maybe you could give some candy-making basics and a demo on divinity, then branch out and give suggestions on presentation and other gift items, such as: candied nuts, seasoned nuts, quick breads, flavored oils and vinegars, mixes for cookies or drinks, or kits (like putting in everything for a fun recipe).

Good luck, sounds like a lot of fun!

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Posted: 10/15/2008 12:54:56 PM
I am such a hands on learner, it's kind of hard for me to teach any other way.

I think divinity would be fun to demonstrate and I've made the caramel for the dipped pretzels. I have some favorite cookies that look extra fancy on the plate, but are super simple to make. Do you think if I have divinity, caramel and chocolate dipped pretzel rods and the chocolate cake cookies that it'd be enough for the dessert??

The ladies that are attending haven't paid anything, do you think they are expecting to take home a plate full of treats? The RS enrichment coordinator said the budget $$ I'm being given is only for the desserts.

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Posted: 10/15/2008 1:42:15 PM
I'm sure at least some of the ladies in your ward are diabetic. Any candy making demo would be lots of fun. But you may want to include other edible gift ideas as well. Even just a small display of other ideas like Salsa's, layered cookies or soup mix in a jar, Wassil mixes, popcorn, hot chocolate mix, flavored oils, etc.
Last year I recieved a airline sized mini bottle of brandy with a couple of whole vanilla pods in it, really surprised methe neighbour who gave it to me is LDS too. .....but it is absolutely the best vanilla flavouring ever!!

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Posted: 10/15/2008 2:16:39 PM
Thanks VanC. I know the ladies that are signed up to take the class, none are diabetic.

I was thinking about doing a couple of other ideas for edible gifts like mini loaves of bread and homemade jams, chips and salsa and even some store bought packaged ideas for edible gifts.

I have some bourbon vanilla, it is fabulous. I have thought about making my own as well. But I'm usually too impatient and end up buying another bottle of the ready made stuff.

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Posted: 10/15/2008 2:27:01 PM
Your ideas all sound great (and yummy!), but I just wanted to add that, as an experienced Enrichment attender, I would NOT be expecting to take home a plate of goodies. Especially if I hadn't paid anything.

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Posted: 10/15/2008 2:52:42 PM
My ward is having someone teach about carmel apples (I don't know the lady teaching the class, but I hear her carmel apples are to die for). There are LOADS of things you can dip them in to make them pretty and taste wonderful. If you are providing the dessert for other ladies you could have a crockpot of carmel, cut up apples into wedges, then have the dipping toppings available (chocolates, candy pieces, nuts, crushed graham crackers, ect). We had a LOT of ladies sign up for this class. However each of the ladies is paying $2-3 dollars and they will each get to take home an carmel apple.

If I were taking the class I would expect to be shown presentation and get some yummy recipes. Even if you can't make all the goodies, could you have a sample and the recipes that they could take home and try later? Then show them how to make one or two of them. If they are't paying anything towards supplies, I wouldn't expect to take home a plate full of goodies. In fact I would feel bad that you used your own funds to pay for the class supplies.

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Posted: 10/15/2008 2:58:01 PM
LippyMans, I was thinking about the gourmet caramel apple route.

But I'm making 35 of those in 10 days, for the teachers at my Ds's school. I'm in charge of teacher appreciation and that is the October treat. I think I'd be burned out before I finished the teachers stuff.

I think one of the biggest drawing points is my fudge, but I sell it and don't think giving out that recipe is a great idea. Is that selfish?

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Posted: 10/15/2008 3:26:54 PM

I think one of the biggest drawing points is my fudge, but I sell it and don't think giving out that recipe is a great idea. Is that selfish?


I don't think that is selfish. That is smart business. If you give the recipe out for free, people wouldn't need to pay you for your fudge. If it were me I wouldn't give the recipe out.


Honestly I think maybe focusing on the presentation aspect and doing just one simple demo would be good. Especially since they aren't paying anything and you are using your own funds/supplies to teach the class. I would love to learn to make divinity. I haven't had that in YEARS. My mom used to make it and didn't ever share her recipe, so now it is gone.

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Posted: 10/15/2008 3:29:37 PM
I'd gladly teach you. It's not too difficult, but practicing makes it easier.

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Posted: 10/15/2008 4:23:48 PM
I also wouldn't expect to take home any treats if I hadn't paid anything. I can't believe your RS president expects you to go to all that work and make things with your own ingredients without being reimbursed in some way. That could get pretty costly.

I taught a sweet treats class at our Super Saturday and I did Oreo Truffles and Cake Pops. My ladies paid and they got to make some of each to take home. It was a hit, but it was a ton of work for me because I had to make all the balls up ahead of time since they have to chill. Recipes can be found on www.bakerella.blogspot.com

I like the idea of you showing cute ways to package the food gifts. It's all in the presentation!

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Posted: 10/17/2008 7:26:43 PM
I like these Nugget Boxes...

Nugget Boxes

You don't have to cook anything -- you just get to fold, stamp and decorate. You can use scraps of SB paper, some avery address labels, any stamps, or if you don't want to use labels or stamps, just use more scrap paper. This site shows how to do boxes for Hershey nuggets from 2 to a bunch. They're just cute little stuffers or neighbor/coworker gifts.

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Posted: 11/5/2008 3:22:59 PM
I know it is way past time for your class but thought for future I would give you an idea that one of our ladies did for us.

She made chocolate bowls and then dipped pretzels and filled the bowls with dipped pretzels.

All she did for the bowls was....melted chocolate chips in a bowl. Blow up a balloon and tied it off. Dipped the bottom part of the balloon in the chocolate (to make the bowl shape) and let it dry. You can decorate it with white chocolate if you would like too. It really looks pretty and who doesn't like chocolate?
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