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April 5th is National Raisin & Spice Bar Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then why don't you head to the kitchen because it's National Raisin & Spice Bar Day!  I bet you can't wait to smell the aroma of these bars baking!  Let's get right into celebrating National Raisin & Spice Bar Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, if you smelled these bars being baked as you walked into your home you might just want to celebrate the scent alone! But these bars not only smell good, they taste good too! And even though I'm at risk of sounding like a broken record... when food tastes good and enough people eat it then they're going to find a way to set up a holiday to celebrate it! I mean, it does give them an excuse to eat it again after all.  Raisins have been around for a long time because all they are is a dried grape. The name was borrowed from the French because raisin literally means grape in French. So what do they call a dried grape? Well that's a raisin sec or... dry grape.

They come in a bunch of different varies, have a bit of protein and fiber in them and they're very sweet. The fact that they contain so much sugar is the little added bonus to adding these to your spice bars.  When you bite into your spice bar you're going to taste the flavors of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and so on but you'll also get a burst of sweetness every time you bite into a raisin. So you have a complex blend of spices that tickle your tongue and your nostrils but then you get that that jolt of sugar from the warmed raisins. Trust me, it's a nice one-two punch!  Are you ready to bake some aromatic bars?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, you might luck out and be able to find a local bakery that makes raisin and spice bars daily. I'm sure you'd already know if they do if you walk by the bakery often enough, because of the scent these bars give off. So if you can find some at a bakery then you've got one of the easiest ways to celebrate.  But if you can't then why not make some of these bars yourself? It doesn't take long at all; in less than an hour from start to finish you should have one of these bars in your mouth. And hey, if you cook them at home then your house gets to smell nice for a day.  But don't be afraid to experiment a little. You can use regular raisins, golden raisins and I think they even have green raisins as well as a few other varieties. You can also use a variety of different spices in your bars. Just go through your spice rack and smell each one to be sure that it'll compliment the rest of the spices. I'm not sure that something like garlic powder would be good in these bars but hey, I could be wrong! You can also add in a variety of different chopped nuts to the mix to give the bars some added crunch and flavor.  And if you want to experiment with the texture of the bars then please do! When I first made them the name (bars) kept making think they were going to be a chewy granola bar texture. But in reality they were fluffy, almost muffin-like, bars. So if you want to you can combine the spices and raisins to a chewy (or even crunchy) granola bar recipe and create your own unique kind of raisin and spice bars!  I hope you enjoy your day and the aroma!





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