Homemade Holiday: Designer Gourmet Apples Instructions

My husband cannot believe I am doing this because these apples are like my babies. But, I have a good reason.

For years, providing Christmas for our family was difficult. Most of our gift-giving was financed by my exceedingly generous parents. As our family grew, I just did not feel comfortable having my parents pay for their own gifts as well as the gifts we gave to our children. So, I was inspired to sell gourmet apples around the holidays.

One day as I was browsing the internet, inspiration struck and I decided to try to decorate the apples to look like characters. I was no longer satisfied with “gourmet” apples. I wanted DESIGNER gourmet apples.

Instructions for making these really cute apples.  She used to sell them to make money to pay cash for Christmas.

Soon, orders were pouring in and it was not uncommon for me to sell over 80 apples in a season.


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Designer Gourmet Apples Instructions
Designer Gourmet Apples Instructions
Step-by-step instructions for creating gorgeous designer gourmet apples to give as gifts or to sell and make money for Christmas. Instructions include: Turkey, Snowman, Rudolph, Santa, and Pumpkins.
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    • Penny says

      Hi Amy! When you get your first email (should be this afternoon about 3 PM central), look for the picture at the bottom and click to download. Hope this helps. :)

  1. Lej says

    These are great and even though they look slightly simple I don’t think I could make something so nice but I’ll give it a try. Great ideas!!

    • Penny says

      You can do it, Lej! I promise. The pumpkins are the hardest because the milk chocolate melts and mixes with the orange candy coating. Santa is probably the next hardest because of painting on his hat. Everything else is a snap! :)

    • Penny says

      Absolutely, Lisa. In recent years, most of my promotion was through Facebook. I created a page for my apples with galleries of pictures and invited my Facebook friends to LIKE the page and share it with their friends. Int he page description, I was very clear that this money helped provide Christmas for our family and I really think my honesty helped. People appreciated that we were not looking for a hand-out but were using creativity to find a solution.

      Before Facebook was popular, I would make flyers with pictures of the apples and descriptions as well as my contact information. I would make a batch of apples and take one to a large business or doctor’s office with a stack of flyers. I gave a few to the teachers at local schools with flyers. Anywhere I could think to stir up buzz. I also sent out an email to everyone in my address book and took one to church to show.

      This is such a great question, I think I will repost it as an Ask Penny. Thank you. :)

  2. cindy says

    i subscribed and even click and confirmed with the email…but I have never received anything that I can print off instructions…I looked in spam and nothing there. So how do I get the instructions?

    • Penny says

      Hi Cindy. When you receive your first email or delivery to your RSS reader (depending on how you subscribed), look at the bottom of the post and you will see the image (represented in the post above) that states “Click Here to Download Your Free Gift.” The instructions will open in a PDF file that you can save or print. Hope this helps. :)

  3. Barbara says

    Thanks for sharing this great idea for earning Christmas cash. I would love to try this and have also considered selling cake pops. I would just like to ask you how to know what to charge, and if there are restrictions for selling food items. (Will I need a permit or something from the Health Department?) We could really use the extra money this year (and every year so far) and any advice you could give would be so greatly appreciated!


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