A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of attending the baby shower of my best friend, Courtney. As you know, I love to craft, so I was pretty excited when she allowed me to help with some of the finishing touches for the big day. The day was fantastic, good times, great gifts and lots of laughs and love for our new baby boy. Something else pretty rad? The favors. Now, even though I physically put the favors together, I cannot take credit for this amazing idea, that goes 100% to my friend’s crafty mother, Regina. These favors are adorable, super tasty and an awesome thank you gift for any occasion. Since Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away, I thought what could be a better way of thanking your guests, family and friends with a little gift for helping you survive another year. I mean, the only thing better than a thank you, is a treat to go along with it, am I right?! The best part? They are so simple to put together! So, don’t fret, you will have these done with enough time to bake your secret family pie recipe in time for turkey day!
Thankful Little Dipper Pots
What you need:
Small Glass Mason Jars (half pint aka the short and fat ones)
Carmel Sauce (recipe below)
Thank You Tags or Stickers
First off, let’s make that sauce! Now, you could make any kind of dipping sauce your little heart desires, you could even put pre-made dip in that jar! No one would know. But since I have to stay corn free, pretty much everything I make is from scratch. Also, you should make the dip in advance and store it in a cool place (like the fridge or garage) until you are ready to put the whole favor together, it will save you time in the long run.
What you need:
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of whipping cream
Himalayan sea salt
If you have a sweet tooth: pretzels, nuts or chocolate candies (crushed)
If you are feeling saucy: a tablespoon or two of you favorite liquor (think bourbon)
In a large saucepan, bring sugar & water to a boil and continue to let boil for about 10 minutes, you want the sauce to get that sweet caramel color that we all love. Whisk until sugar has dissolved. In fact, don’t stop whisking and don’t leave the stove. This mix will burn and nobody wants burnt caramel! It’s only 10 minutes of your life, so no complaining! Once the color has come, reduce the heat to low. BE CAREFUL and add the cream (and bourbon if you would like.) It’s going to bubble, so don’t be scared. Grind in a little bit of sea salt. Don’t forget to keep whisking. The sauce will thicken as it cools, but let it boil for about a minute more for extra thickness before removing from the stove. While the sauce is still hot, transfer to the glass mason jars. Allow sauce to cool uncovered at room temperature. Before it is completely stiff, add some toppings. A grind of sea salt, crushed pretzels and chocolates, or you can even buy those cute Thanksgiving shaped sprinkles to top the dip off. Once cool, cover with lid and store until ready to craft.
In a small plastic favor bag, stack the jar of dip and then an apple. Tie off with some twine and attach your thank you tag. Your guests will love you forever. Be sure to remind them that they can microwave the dip to get it soft when they are about to dive in with their apple sliced up (or even a spoon) no judgement here.
I personally want to thank and wish all of my followers a wonderful Thanksgiving! Let me know if you try this DIY and how it turns out!
PS You can find all of these items (and more) at Target!