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I am bolstered by Cassidy’s appreciation when I help him in the kitchen or with the house, and I love the kids’ enthusiasm when I prepare meals, desserts, or snacks. I’m a snacks girl. I find that even after all of these years, I’m still at my hungriest late afternoon – when school gets out. When I was asked to prepare a snack or treat using FROZEN grapes as an ingredient, I raced out to Walmart to find these Anna and Elsa grapes. And I mean raced. It was 10:00 at night and I was visiting my parents in New Jersey and my mom joined me on my late night adventure. I have two kids who love both FROZEN and grapes.
I love kid food. I love to tell people that I have the palate of a five-year-old, because I do, but I just can’t seem to resist items off of the kids’ menu. I think I eat them more now than I did as a kid, because I’m with my kids nearly all of the time. I love rainbow sprinkles. I love chocolate-dipped anything. I love pearly, decorative chocolate balls. Did I mention I love sprinkles? Yes, I love sprinkles. Since we were visiting my parent’s house, I decided to create a family get-together snack.
As I said, my mom was my shopping partner-in-crime. We went to Walmart and easily found the FROZEN grapes in the grapes section. I was actually a little tired and walked right past them, but they were beautifully noticeable.
I started brainstorming heavily right then and there so I also picked up white chocolate chips for melting, some blue sprinkles and FROZEN inspired chocolate balls that I figured would be really fun for some of my grape pops. When I was paying for my items, the lady behind us in line saw my grapes, my sprinkles, my white chocolate chips and my chocolate balls and said, “Now that looks like a party!” I couldn’t wait to make my snack the next day with Scarlet helping (watching):
– I melted the white chocolate chips by heating them in a glass dish in the microwave. I used 50% power and would heat them for 30 seconds, then stir, then heat them for another 30 seconds, and then stir. It took a few minutes.
– I washed and dried the grapes and put toothpicks in them. I learned the hard way not to put the toothpick in the end of the grape that has the hole from being attached to the stem. I dropped a few grapes in the white chocolate mix that way!
– I dipped the grapes in the chocolate fully and then I gently shook the blue sprinkles onto them while they were still warm.
– I added the chocolate balls to only some of the grape pops because my daughter doesn’t care for them.
Scarlet had several of the grape pops and Des had about.. 17. (slight exaggeration) My parents both had some and finally so did I! I was surprised at how fast they went. My dad said they were really nice, and texturally interesting – crunchy on the outside and soft and sweet in the middle. Scarlet and Des pretty much just said, “YUM!” but I know they love when I make kid snacks, and with back-to-school time coming so soon, I’m happy to have a FROZEN and grapes-inspired snack to make.