Sep 21

Create your own mini desserts

Grape Tuxedo Bites

Grape Tuxedo Bites

Every great meal deserves a sweet ending, and since the trend today is ‘dessert decadence in bite-size portions’ a few little mini desserts are the ideal way to cap off festivities. Displayed on your holiday table or served on a platter with festive cookies after dinner, these Grape Tuxedo Bites – offered two ways – are a certain crowd pleaser.

And a bonus: they also make an impressive food gift, nestled in colourful tissue paper and tucked into a holiday-themed tin or container. But best of all, they’re quick to make, call for just a few ingredients, and look so decadent that guests will think you spent hours, not minutes, in the kitchen.

Grape Tuxedo Bites: Chocolate Toffee

Makes 25

25 green or red seedless California grapes

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup finely chopped toffee bits

Put toothpicks into the grapes, set aside. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment.

In a small double boiler, melt the chocolate and oil together over medium-low heat, stirring until melted, about 5 minutes (or in the microwave on high power 30 seconds, stirring once). Dip the grapes in the chocolate and then in the toffee. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the grapes are used. Chill until set.

Nutritional analysis per dipped grape: Calories 47; Protein .5 g; Carbohydrate 6 g; Fat 3 g; 48% Calories from Fat; Cholesterol 2 mg; Sodium 20 mg; Potassium 22 mg; Fibre .24 g.

Grape Tuxedo Bites: Caramel Peanut

Makes 25

25 green seedless California grapes

½ cup finely chopped salted peanuts

1/2 cup caramel bits or 10 unwrapped caramels

1 tablespoon heavy cream

Put toothpicks into the grapes, set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Place the peanuts in a small bowl and set aside. In a small saucepan, melt the caramel and cream together over medium-low heat, stirring until melted, about 5 minutes. Keep warm. Dip the grapes in the caramel and then in the nuts. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the grapes are used.

Nutritional analysis per dipped grape: Calories 38; Protein 1 g; Carbohydrate 4.5 g; Fat 2 g; 46% Calories from Fat; Cholesterol 1 mg; Sodium 19 mg; Potassium 8 mg; Fibre .3 g.

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