After a couple of days the flowers are dead, they’ve got pens galore gathering dust in a drawer somewhere, and then there’s the apple themed gadgets and boat load of apples. Seriously how many apples can one person eat?

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What teachers want to make them feel appreciated is cash…cold hard cash. Show them the money.

These aren’t my words, but the words of my babysitter, who also has been a school teacher for the last 23 years. She said it may sound unappreciative, but it’s the truth. Times are tough. Apples aren’t going to pay her bills and unless she can pawn the nice pen you gave her so that she can get her brakes fixed, she doesn’t want that either.

I want to show my kid’s teachers that I do appreciate all that they do. It’s a job that is underestimated and so important. But NOW I’m scared to death to give my kid’s teachers anything for Teacher Appreciation Week but cash or a gift card. But with teachers, teacher aid, and music teachers it all adds up. So I’m torn…

These Edible Crayons come from my friend Mandy from Gourmet-Mom-On-The-Go. We spent a couple of days together in the Betty Crocker kitchens and had so much fun. Mandy also won $25,000 in the Real Women of Philadelphia contest for one of her recipes. Talk about bringing home the bacon!
Who doesn’t like pretzels and chocolate? I thought these would be cute as a snack for your child’s lunch or stacked in a pencil box as a treat for your teachers (in addition to some cold hard cash of course :)).
So easy my sons helped me.

Edible Crayons

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Edible crayons make for a fun year-end teacher gift.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 21 hours 59 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings


  • Pretzel rods
  • Colored candy melts or white almond bark with added food coloring
  • Crayon Labels, make your own or head to Mandy's site for a big selection


  • Break the pretzel rods in half. Don't worry if it's not exact, just do the best you can. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or tin foil.
  • Warm candy melts for 1 minute in the microwave. Stir them and melt for additional time if they are not fully melted. You do not want to overcook the chocolate or it will get clumpy! Colored candy melts are easiest but if you can only find white add a little oil based food coloring to the melted white candy melts making sure that the chocolate is not hot or it will clump.
  • Now dip each end of the pretzel rods into the melted chocolate and place on the cookie sheet to dry. Once the pretzels are dry, print your crayon labels out on colored paper and cut them out. Wrap each pretzel with a crayon wrapper and secure with a piece of scotch tape.
  • A cute way to package these is in inexpensive pencil boxes.
Cuisine: American
Course: Snack