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The Magnificent California Raisins

Updated on November 20, 2016

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).

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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.

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      ClinicallySigni 6 years ago

      I remember being crazy for California Raisins back when I was a kid. I remember my parents running me around to every nearby location of a certain fast food restaurant trying to complete my collection of the collectible figures they offered.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I actually had Raisin Bran for breakfast and I do love raisins. Fun lens!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      I remember when these first came out...I'm a Raisin fan...check out my Sun-Maid lens

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      How nice of you to stop by and present your blessing. THANKS!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great lesn and a special blessing. Featured on April Fools Day Blessings, Hugs

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Here we go: Collectible California Raisins: An Unauthorized Guide With Values (Schiffer Book for Collectors)

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Donald, Thanks for stopping by. I don't know the individual prices, but you can get a general idea via eBay and was selling a book regarding the collection.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I would like to know if anyone knows what the value is of the California Raisin collection? I have several figurines that I am contemplating selling.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Those YouTubes were so cute. I'll take my grapes dried or fresh...I like 'em.

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      4peal 7 years ago

      Love raisins for a quick snack!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Well, I honestly prefer grapes to raisins! Aren't those California Raisins something?

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      howtocurecancer 7 years ago

      I love grapes and raisins. Lensrolling to my It's autumn, eat grapes

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      missbat 7 years ago

      As a kid, my "Meet the California Raisins!" video tape got worn out. Loved that movie. Last year I went to a Will Vinton/Claymation retrospective here in Portland. It was awesome to see the Raisins standing in their case just in front of me. Great lens, brought back lots of great memories!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      My kids loved the California Raisins when they were young. I had no idea that Buddy Miles was the lead singer! I knew of him as a great jazz drummer. Great lens!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      My kids loved the California Raisins when they were young. I had no idea that Buddy Miles was the lead singer! I knew of him as a great jazz drummer. Great lens!

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      [in reply to BarbRad] I understand. There was a point in our lives when money was tight, the TV died and we left it that way. My son hated it for a few weeks but we finally got it together and started doing family things, especially in the eves. It was great! Thanks for the post.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 8 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I hate to admit it, but this is all new to me. We didn't own a television set once we got married in 1964. We just didn't want to spend our lives in front of the tube when there are so many other interesting things to do. So we didn't see any of the commercials. I'm afraid that we are pretty ignorant of popular media culture unless we read about it in the papers or on line. So now I know more than I ever did before on this subject. I think I may have seen snippets of commercials when i visited my mother, but when I was there, she usually turned off the set unless my kids were watching it in another room. They came around about the same time the CA Raisins did.