I wasn’t going to blog this. I kind of dislike when people talk about the good they do. I was taught to be humble, don’t brag… all that jazz. But a few folks asked for the details of these baking kits we are selling at my son’s school in the week before the Easter holidays and if it helps other people raise money for good causes, then hey, it’s worth sharing. So here I am talking about how altruistic I am. Apologies. Anyway, if you end up making some of these up I hope they sell well and raise lots of money.
Anyway, here’s how you do it. First off order some biscuit cutters. I found these on eBay which seemed like a good deal (and they arrived within 2 days of ordering after we were let down by a wholesaler I use in China). Then order a load of cone shaped cello bags. I ordered 200 as we are filling 80 up as baking kits, 40 as sweet cones and 40 as brownie bite and mini egg cones. (Gulp). The best value bags I could find were these as they included ties too to secure them properly. At just £2.45 for 50 they seem like a good deal. You can get them cheaper if you order 1000 but we wanted to make sure these were a success before we went large! (Postscript: I have found one or two bags have not been able to cope with the weight of the baking mixture so it might be better to use either icing bags or standard food bags – the original cone cello bags have been fine with the weight of the brownie bites and sweets though).
I also ordered some yellow and orange ribbon to make all the bags look pretty. After all, kids (and adults) buy with their eyes. Fox maximum profit steer clear of all the gorgeous cotton ribbon you can buy with pretty rabbits and bunnies hopping on it. Realistically the ribbon will end up in the bin, so go for the crafting or florist stuff to cut on base costs and raise more money. This reel was just £1.85 for 500m! This orange ribbon is ever cheaper for the same length.
Then find a recipe that works (test it more than once) and make up a little recipe card to print off and tie to the bags. You are most welcome to use my one if you wish:
You can easily make your own recipe up, but, beware – you need to ensure it’s one where there’s no need to cream butter and sugar first as it’s nigh on impossible to separate out ingredients once in the cone bag. The idea is that a Mum or Dad can buy one of these and their little one has an easy activity in the Easter hols so do make the instructions simple and legible – fancy fonts have no place here. I like this recipe as it’s just a rubbing in method with no need for specialist equipment and also no chill time. Make sure you tell folk what’s actually in the bag too as they may wish to make the recipe again. (You can easily make your own recipe cards using Canva).
Last thing to do is buy all the ingredients and assemble the bags. Each bag we’re selling has 250g plain flour measuring into it along with 70g of icing sugar. It’s then closed with a silver tie and a cutter and recipe are attached with ribbon. We curl the ribbon with a pair of scissors and that is it. The only thing left to do is decide exactly how much you’re selling them for. I’ll leave that up to you.
P.S. For brownie bite bags you need to bake this brownie recipe without the Double Deckers in, chill overnight and cut into 36 bite size pieces (cut into six equal pieces both length and width ways), wiping the knife after each cut. Measure out 30g Mini Eggs and pop a few in the very end of the cone bag, then add 12 brownie bite pieces to each cone along with the rest of the eggs. Tie and add ribbon. Doing it this way just fills the bags almost to the top and means you get three cones out of each tray of brownies, ie/ a third of a tray goes into each bag.
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