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Caramel Apple Bar with Opal Apples

Looking for a fun and healthy(ish) after school treat? I love the idea of a caramel apple bar, where your little ones can help themselves to sampling healthy apples with some sweet toppings.

Caramel Apple Bar | Five MarigoldsJust set out a fun array of toppings – choose chopped nuts or pretzels, chocolate chips, peanut butter, or caramel or chocolate sauce.. Then set out a variety of  sliced apples to choose from. I always love to get Honey Crisp when they’re in season, and this time I tried Opal apples.

I picked up some Opals because I received a coupon from BzzAgent to try some for free in exchange for sharing my opinion. While they’re not available in every grocery store, you can spot them easily at participating grocers by their bright yellow color. Something that makes Opals unique is their  non-GMO no-browning claim. While I’ve found them to eventually succomb to browning in my experience, they are non-browning enough to pass the school lunch test – in that they still look good enough for my finicky 6-year old to eat hours after I’ve sliced them for lunchbox prep! I also like that they are sweet, but not too sour – which makes Opals a winning apple in our home.

As a marketer by profession myself, I love a company with a good cause marketing campaign, and Opals are a brand with heart – a portion of Opal Apples’ sales goes to their Youth Make a Difference grants, which support youth-led non-profits involving food, nutrition and agriculture.

Would your little love a caramel apple bar? Tell me about it below. I’d love to hear your favorite tasty apple toppings !

PlaySkool ShowCam – Bzz Campaign


I was sooo excited to recently be chosen for the PlaySkool ShowCam Bzz Campaign.  A Bzz Campaign is a program through BzzAgent that sends free products and coupons to people to let them try it out, harnessing the most powerful form of marketing there is right now – word of mouth.


As soon as we got the box, I knew how I wanted to introduce this to the kids.  Sunday morning we grabbed donuts and went to a local park where I brought my own camera to take a few snapshots of the family fun.  I sent them on a picture scavenger hunt and let them snap away.


Now I should mention, I was surprised upon opening the packaging that there were absolutely no instructions inside.  So we popped the batteries in and found that it was pretty intuitive to operate.  Just a little testing of the buttons to figure out what-was-what, and we were off and running.

Dub took pictures of a spider, butterfly, leaves, and the rest of us at the park.  camera_2  P00047

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A cool feature of this camera is the in-picture templates.  You can make your subject a pirate, ballerina, dragon, skunk…all sorts of fun things!

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When we got home, we all watched the pictures through one of the camera’s coolest features – the projector.  They loved this and were delighted when the in-picture templates played animations along to music.  They watched them over and over…until a fight ensued about whose turn it was to play with the camera.

This camera is lightweight and made of plastic, yet it seems reasonably durable. I see lots and lots of fun with this toy in our future.