Recipe developed by Cravings of a Lunatic: I’m a sucker for ice cold grapes. The colder the better for me. There is something about biting into an ice-cold grape that just makes me insanely happy. They have always been the one thing I can never say no to at the grocery store and I buy them all year round. Thankfully when it’s winter here we can still find fresh grapes from southern climates like Chile.
I’m constantly in and out of the fridge because of my job. Being a food blogger can be dangerous to the waistline so we keep a big bowl of grapes in the fridge at all times. Whenever I feel the urge to indulge while I’m working on new recipes and shooting photos for a client, I grab a handful of grapes to satisfy my need to munch.
My kids are older but they have picked up the same habits I have. If the grapes are in their line of sight they immediately grab a handful. I think that’s true of most fresh produce. If you wash it and set it somewhere where it’s easy to grab, the family will gravitate towards making that choice almost every single time.
During holidays or vacation time, it’s always a challenge to stick to our routine. Usually we go out more. We hit the movie theatre or go shopping. Our healthy diet flies out the window. Personally, I think the key is not to feel guilty about indulging a little during those times. In our family, like many others, special treats during holidays or vacations is more than just food; it’s about making memories and enjoying time together as a family.
When my kids were younger we always had a rule about junk food. The rule was simple, whenever you feel a craving for junk food eat something healthy first. If they were still craving some
thing sweet after 30 minutes we would come up with ways to make a healthy snack with a fun indulgent twist. The best of both worlds.
We would drizzle apple slices with yogurt and nuts. Other times we would melt caramel and dunk fruit. Most people think caramel and apples. That combination is great but let me just tell you if you’ve never tried caramel on grapes you are missing out.
Caramel dipped grapes are incredible. They give the kids the fruit you want them to have with the sweet fun twist they want. You can dunk them in caramel only or get a little crazy and double dip into chocolate. That combo is amazing! You can also add other things after you dip in caramel. Things like nuts, coconut, graham crumbs, fun coloured sugar, the possibilities are endless.
Treat yourself and the kids to a fun snack. The perk is a sweet treat while you make memories together.
- 1 package of caramels
- 1 bunch of fresh grapes (we used green)
- Line cookie sheet with parchment. Set aside.
- Wash grapes and dry thoroughly. Keep grapes at room temperature for dipping. If they are too cold the caramel will need thicken too quickly while dipping.
- Prep all your extra toppings in small bowls and set aside.
- Place toothpicks in each grape to make dunking safe. You can also use drink skewers; they tend to be stronger.
- Unwrap caramels and place in a small microwave-safe bowl. Place bowl in microwave and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, checking every 30 seconds. Smooth with a spoon.
- Dunk each grape into the caramel, then into toppings if desired. Set on parchment lined cookie sheet. You can store them at room temperature or fridge. Just know if you put them in the fridge the caramel gets super hard and tougher to eat.
You can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of heavy cream to the caramel if you want it thinner. I like mine thick so I didn't use any. It's easier to work in small batches. I tend to do about 10 caramels at a time. Be sure to adjust cooking time if you do that. If the caramel becomes thick as you are dipping, you can pop it back in the microwave for 5 to 8 seconds to soften it again. Caramel gets hot so be very careful if allowing small kids to help.
Kim is the creator behind the blogs Cravings of a Lunatic and Kiss My Smoke. She lives in Ontario with her hubby, two hooligans, and a vast assortment of furkids. She splits her time between grilling and baking, when she’s not glued to Netflix rewatching The Walking Dead, again and again.
Thanks to our feature member, Fruits from Chile for supporting the development of this recipe.