The Magnificent California Raisins
The California Raisins
Will the real raisins stand up!
What are raisins?
Raisins are simply dried sweet grapes, of course. Until medieval times, raisins were the second in choice as a sweetener, honey being the top choice. At one time in ancient Rome, raisins were considered so valuable that two jars could buy a slave. In the 13th century, Damascus had quite a reputation for their sweet raisins.
But, there is another type of raisin, the Magnificent California Raisins. These cute little clay animation characters are as sweet as can be, and they don't sound bad either.
But, getting back to real raisins, which are a favorite of mine. The majority of the world's supply of raisins comes from California, dried from Thompson seedless (95 percent), muscadine, or Black Corinth (Zante) grapes. In 1873, California suffered a devastating drought which literally dried the grapes on the vine. Looking to recoup some of the grape crop, an enterprising marketer in San Francisco sold the dried and shriveled grapes as "Peruvian Delicacies," and the California raisin industry was off and running.
Most raisins are dried naturally by the sun right in the vineyards, although some are mechanically dehydrated. Once sun-dried, a process taking two to four weeks, they are then graded, cleaned, and packed. Some raisins are kept golden in color by the use of sulfur dioxide (sulfites).
Source: What are raisins
Well, that may be true for most raisins but not The California Raisins. I remember when I first saw one of their commercials on television. They were so cute. What a great advertising idea! I hope you will enjoy visiting the California Raisins.
Grab and Go Granola Bars
Grab-and-Go Granola Bars
with California Raisins
Makes 12 Bars
1 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1 cup spoon-size shredded wheat cereal
1 cup walnuts
1 cups California raisins
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly oil or coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
2. Place the oats, shredded wheat, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped (the raisins should be the size of a dried pea or lentil).
3. Whisk together the eggs, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add the oat mixture and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
4. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan, and flatten gently with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula.
5. Bake about 18 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown. Let cool completely in the pan before slicing into twelve, 2 x 2 -inch bars.
Nutrition Information per Serving (1 bar): 200 calories, 9g fat (1.5g saturated, 0.9g omega-3), 115mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 4g protein
The TV Show
Airs Next:CBS at Saturday 10:00 AM (30 min.)
Premiered:September 16, 1989
Last Aired:September 1, 1990
Show Categories:Animation, Action/Adventure
This series was a spin off of the claymation stars created by Bill Vinton. Made popular in a series of commercials for California Raisin Growers. The Motown-Style singing sensations the California Raisins encounter adventures with their hapless show-biz manager while on tour. Their Residence is a Penthouse above their recording studio.
Unwrapped - California Raisins
Ray Charles - Heard It Through The Grapevine!
I hope there are other California Raisin fans out there. How can anyone resist these cute little characters? Thanks for coming by.