Grapes are featured prominently at the annual Pesach (Passover) seder (festive meal, lit: order). After all, we drink four cups of wine or grape juice and the seder ceremony begins with the kiddush (santification) over the first cup of wine (or grape juice). Wine is featured in the charoset (fruit and nut dip symbolizing mortar) for the maror (bitter herbs).
The seder is a mixture of tradition and whimsy. It is the only night on the Jewish calendar when we sing Hallel (songs of praise) and tell the story of Egypt at length. It is an evening in which we engage the children and pass these Jewish traditions from generation to generation. In fact, so much of the elements of the seder are intended to pique the interest of our children.
Which brings me to candied grapes. We are taught that parents are to give their children special foods and gifts in order to engage them at the seder. So, why not combine the elements of tradition and whimsy in creating these adorable and delicious candied grapes?
One note of caution, though. The round shape of the grapes can create a choking hazard for small children. These grapes should not be given to young children, unless they are quartered.
These grapes can make a delicious snack or the perfect garnish for desserts.
1 box jello
Rinse individual grapes thoroughly in a colander. Spread jello powder in a pie plate or large plate. Coat grapes with powder. Place on waxed or parchment paper to dry.
Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow gelatin to set.
The round shape of the grapes can present a choking hazard for small children. These grapes should not be given to young children, unless they are quartered.