by Madeline Laughs
Last night I made chocolate covered grapes to bring to a party. I love the taste of them and they’re so easy to make. Best of all, not too many folks have ever had them, so as party food goes, this one is always a hit!
Here’s all you need:
Grapes, Semi Sweet or Dark Chocolate to melt (it can be chips or bars), a bit of half and half or cream, a saucepan, and wax paper.
Wash the grapes the night before and refrigerate. You’ll want to test the grapes for flavor too. Grapes that are too tart are just not good. Around this time of year they’re usually very sweet though. I like to get red and green for color variety. Make sure they’re seedless.
The morning you plan to coat them in chocolate, take them out and place them on paper towels to dry at room temp.
Melt the chocolate on the stove and add cream until you have a nice ganache. You don’t want it too runny, but you do want it to be shiny and thin enough to drizzle with a spoon.
Pictured above is the chocolate being melted on my stove. I have a flat top stove with a Melting function, so I can get away without using a bain-marie. However if you have an electric eye or a gas stove, you really should use one to melt the chocolate or else it will burn quickly.
While the chocolate is melting, move the grapes to a piece of wax paper. The wax paper will make removal to a bowl much easier once the chocolate has dried and re-hardened.
A word about re-hardening; I live in a very humid climate so I’ve found that making an ice bowl to sit the drying grapes on makes the hardening process expedite. Just fill a nice sized bowl with ice and sit the chocolate covered grapes on top with the wax paper in between. Or you can make them on a cookie sheet and just pop the whole thing in the freezer for 30 minutes.
The chocolate is melted! Your grapes are dry and positioned on a piece of wax paper! Now you can drizzle and coat them to your hearts content!
Chocolate covered grapes are a great summer time treat and they make a nice dish to bring to any party. They’re also economical. This batch only cost me $5.
I leave the grapes on the vine for fun finger food. Party goers just pluck the grapes off one at a time to enjoy.
This is also a fun dessert to make with your kids 🙂
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