My fourth grade students sold Mason jar cookie mixes as a class fundraiser. It is a great project for integrating skills from a bunch of different academic areas. It is also a great project for creating a lot of extra work for the teacher. My teammate and I are exhausted and are not feeling nearly as charitable as we were at the beginning of this business project. However, it is a project that works well for groups of children. If you need a service project for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or your classroom, this might be something to consider. Like the soup mixes I am giving as teacher gifts, these are also something you can make at home with your kids to give to teachers, neighbors and friends over the holidays.
The students kicked off the project by voting on a variety of recipes (oatmeal was out but after testing cookie samples, they approved the M&M White Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix Recipe). Once we selected two recipes, we priced ingredients and estimated sales. We limited production to ~200 jars, and the students calculated the ingredient amounts for that number of mixes. I recommend limiting sales to a specific number you think is possible for your group, so you do not over commit.
The adults have to gather many supplies, and quality control needs to be monitored closely. Most of the stations need funnels, which we made by loosely rolling a piece of copy paper. The baking soda station needs a dedicated adult! With 34 students on 5 assembly lines, we had all of the mixes assembled in about 1 1/2 hours. We spent another half day tying labels and delivering.
If you can buy the ingredients in bulk, it costs between $4 and $5 to make one jar of cookie mix, and we sold our mixes for $8.50. The biggest cost is the chocolate chips and M&Ms. One warning– during the holidays, Mason jars are hard to find. We needed 17 dozen 1-quart jars. If you are buying jars in the Charleston area, stores are sold out (so I have heard). If we decide to repeat this project next year, we will be purchasing our jars in August! Click here for the M&M White Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix Recipe, and click here for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix Recipe.
Wow what an undertaking! But they look pretty and make great gifts.
Funny that you posted this, because I found an article today about mason jar gifts for teachers…clearly not as awesome as this. On a side note, I want you to know that I received a gift card to a local liquor store today in a Christmas card from a student’s family. I was not only full of glee, but was the envy of everyone in the teacher’s room today. Haha. I thought you’d appreciate hearing that. 🙂
That is a good teacher gift! We sent bottles of wine with the freezable meals during teacher appreciation week last year, but the gift card is so much more versatile. 🙂 Clearly that family is thinking about their teachers. Have a great Christmas, Oh Yes They Did!
Yum! I’m always looking for fun gift ideas like this.
So far– the feedback has been great. Families who bought them wanted more to give as holiday gifts. If we repeat the project, I think we will be able to sell more!
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