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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Caramel Apple Grapes

I'm considering re-naming this blog: Things I Saw On Pinterest That I Actually Tried :)

This post's inspiration came from a pin I saw that used green grapes as vessels for caramel & chopped nuts, like a caramel apple only bite-sized. I was intrigued and had to try it out...

Ingredients were pretty simple:

About 1/2 bag of caramels (I used 25)

 Green grapes

Chopped peanuts. Riesbeck's was out when I was there, so I substituted walnuts. They were good, but peanuts would have been better.

I also needed a splash of heavy cream, toothpicks, and some parchment paper. You might want to go ahead and clear out some space in the fridge for these babies, too.












 

I was lucky to have my bestest Cassie helping me with this little endeavor! Thanks, Cass! :)

We began by slowly melting the caramels in a small saucepan on medium-low heat. A splash of heavy cream makes for a creamy caramel dip. This is kind of a slow process but you wouldn't want to burn the caramels by cranking up the heat too fast. Take a minute, eat a caramel or five and if you're like Cassie and I, we do a little kitchen dancing & singing!




Wash those grapes. Dry em' off. If you want to, you can toothpick the grapes & put your chopped nuts in a small bowl for dipping. I found that my little 1/2 c. Pyrex bowl was perfect for this job! Have your parchment-lined cookie sheet(s) ready, too.


Aren't the flag toothpicks, awesome?!?

Eventually the caramel sauce will be smooth & you can begin!


We started working on the counter and eventually set up our work station right on the stove, so we could keep the caramel warm, but you could also transfer to a glass bowl & microwave for 15 second increments when it gets cool.

Dip your grapes in the caramel & into the nuts. Place on cookie sheet. Once you get going., it's really quick work. It just took a few minutes to fill a cookie sheet.


When your cookie sheet is full, place in the refrigerator to cool.




We made some with nuts and some without. They were really good either way!

Hints: these will STICK to regular aluminum foil! I'm so glad I used parchment, as well.

Like I said, the walnuts were good, but peanuts would  be better, IMHO :)


Really tart green grapes would make the best version of this.


Happy 4th of July weekend!