Saturday, December 12, 2015

'Tis the Season for Giving: Holiday Gift Ideas for the Classroom

 Hi, this is Brandi, from The Research Based Classroom. Welcome to the twelfth day of Christmas here at Focused on Fifth.  Today everyone is blogging about holiday gift ideas for the classroom. Whether you are looking for ideas for presents for your students, for your students to give to their families or for you to give to coworkers or parent helpers, you're sure to find something among all of the post that are linked up.

Gift ideas for the classroom can sometimes be difficult. I remember a year that I only had one parent helper and I went and bought two movies tickets for her and it came to $10. (Dang, I just aged myself pretty badly!) Where I teach now, I have had up to 20 parents who regularly help out in the classroom. It makes small gifts to say thank you add up quickly. By the time I start counting up gifts for neighbors, coworkers, and parent helpers, the list gets pretty big. I've tried all kinds of different things. One year I learned to knit and I made dish rags for everyone. Seriously? What was I thinking? On the good side, my stitches got a lot more consistent in size by dishrag number 40 something. But it turned out to be a little bit of an awkward gift. Some people didn't easily recognize that it was a dishrag and not a pot holder so I had to write a small note on each tag saying it was a dishrag. Plus it took about 2 hours of solid television watching to finish each dishrag. So this year I am going easy and yummy. Especially yummy.

One batch of centers makes about 60 medium large peanut butter cups. I use Peter's milk chocolate caps. Mix up the centers and refrigerate. Melt about 1 1/2 cups of chocolate in the microwave stirring every 30 seconds. You will need to make a second batch, maybe even a small third batch of chocolate, but you don't want to do too much at a time so just do small batches.

Next I pour a small amount of melted chocolate into each paper candy wrapper. The amount of peanut butter center will be determined by the size of your paper candy wrappers, but I make large malted milk ball sized centers and press them into the chocolate. Then I pour more chocolate on top and using the back of a spoon, I smooth it out and make sure that the chocolate flows down the sides.

I put them in clear plastic bags with a raffia bow and a tag and they are ready to be delivered. And did I mention that these are so yummy? Quick, easy and yummy parent helper gifts!

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1 comment:

  1. Peanut butter cups are just about my favorite thing to eat- ever! I'll have to try and make these this year.