Frosted Frozen Grapes are perfect for Easy Entertaining, Festive Garnish for Bubbles or Party Snack!
All you need for an instant party is a bottle of bubbles! Am I right? Once you hear that cork “POP” any day and any gathering turns into a celebration.
Whether you prefer Champagne, sparkling wine, Prosecco or Cava, these frozen frosted grapes will simply take it to the next level! Super easy to make and even easier to enjoy.
Grapes on New Year’s Eve: Tradition or Superstition?
Ever since I was a little girl growing up in Dominican Republic, I remember scrambling to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. The Spanish tradition is based on superstition and I’m not even sure why grapes or why it has to be in the first 12 seconds of the new year, but who wants to risk 12 months of bad luck?
My frosted frozen grapes are a fun way to enjoy grapes. Although I must confess, they are meant to be savored. Shoving them in your mouth at midnight is not advisable. Take your time. The gods will forgive you.
My friend Amy Drew Thompson, food writer for the Orlando Sentinel shared this recipe and called them “bougie” in her New Year’s Eve article. I have to agree! They definitely make us feel fancy even when we’re just watching the ball drop in our PJs.
How To Make Frosted Frozen Grapes?
The goal is to coat your grapes completely in sugar. But how do you ensure the sugar sticks? You need simple syrup and a wire rack. (that’s your secret weapon!)
Coat your grapes in simple syrup (a mixture of equal parts water and sugar). The trick is to then let them dry on a rack so that they get sticky. You also don’t want the grapes touching or sitting on a flat surface. The wire rack allows the syrup to dry on the entire surface of the grape.
After about an hour, roll the grapes completely in granulated sugar. Place back on the wire rack and let them dry for at least one more hour. At this stage you can place the rack in the freezer to get frozen grapes or eat as is. Frozen is definitely more fun! (You can blame Disney for the “Frozen” appeal!)
Frosted Frozen Grapes Recipe
These frosted frozen grapes take your glass of bubbles to the next level for a festive celebration. They can also be enjoyed as party snack. Super easy to make and even easier to enjoy.
- 15 each Red and green seedless grapes (washed, with stems removed)
- 1 cup granulated sugar (divided into 1/2 cups)
- 1/2 cup water
Prepare simple syrup by dissolving equal parts sugar and water in a small sauce pot over medium low heat. Stir continuously until sugar is dissolved. Set aside
Place all grapes into the pot of simple syrup or in a separate bowl and coat each grape generously with syrup.
Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and wire rack on top. (This will make for easy clean up.) Using a slotted spoon, place each grape on wired rack. Make sure grapes are not touching. Let sit for an hour on the counter.
Place 1/2 cup of sugar on a shallow plate and roll each grape in the sugar. Make sure all sides are coated.
Place rack with sugar coated grapes in the freezer for at least one hour. (If you prefer not to freeze grapes, let grapes sit for another hour on the counter.
If you want to use grapes as a garnish for your bubbles or cocktail, pierce the grapes with a fancy toothpick before placing in the freezer.
I hope you’re inspired to get together with friends and celebrate life. #MakeSomedayHappen one delicious bite, sip and trip at a time. If you make this recipe, please share your photos on social media and tag @goepicurista and #MakeSomedayHappen #GoEpicRecipe. I would love to see what you make!