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Recipe: Fancy French Berry Sparklers

Recipe: Fancy French Berry Sparklers

Fancy French Berry Sparklers

by Erin Fletter
Photo by Pixel-Shot/Shutterstock.com
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
makes
1-2 servings

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • mash :

    to reduce food, like potatoes or bananas, to a soft, pulpy state by beating or pressure.

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • squeeze :

    to firmly press or twist a food with fingers, hands, or a device to remove its liquid, like shredded potatoes, frozen and thawed spinach, or tofu.

Equipment Checklist

  • Cutting board + kid-safe knife (a butter knife works great)
  • Metal fork
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Drinking glass
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Ingredients

Fancy French Berry Sparklers

  • 1 C cold water
  • 2 to 2 1/2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 handful fresh or frozen (thawed) raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries, or a mix!

Instructions

Fancy French Berry Sparklers

1.
squeeze + measure + mash

Squeeze the juice from 2 to 2 1/2 lemons into a drinking glass. Measure and add 1 handful of fresh or frozen and thawed berries. Use a metal fork or spoon to mash the berries against the side of the glass.

2.
add + mix + fizz

Add 1 cup cold water and 2 teaspoons sugar to the drinking glass and mix. Then, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, stir, and watch the carbonation form! "Santé" or "Cheers" (literally "health") in French!

Surprise Ingredient: Berries!

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Photo by Ana Hollan/Shutterstock.com (girl eating wild elderberries)

Hi! I'm a Berry!

"To be specific, I'm an edible berry. We might be sweet or sour, colorful, juicy, and delicious! People around the world eat us alone, with other foods, and in jams, preserves, and pies! Yum! Did you know that bananas, pumpkins, tomatoes, and watermelons are technically berries!" 

  • Thousands of years ago, before crops were domesticated, hunter-gatherers picked wild berries, an activity people still enjoy doing today. 
  • Berry cultivation may have begun as early as the 10th century in Japan, the 14th century in Europe, and the 18th century in the United States. 
  • The word "berry" comes from the Old English "berie," from the German "beere."
  • Globally, strawberries are grown twice the amount of any other berry, although strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are not actual berries, botanically speaking—they are aggregate fruits. 
  • Botanical berries include blueberries, cranberries, elderberries, gooseberries, lingonberries, and persimmons.
  • Berries are a wonderful snack eaten by themselves or added to cold and hot cereal. But they are equally delightful when made into preserves, jams, and sauces. In addition, berries are often used in baked goods like cakes, cobblers, muffins, and pies. 
  • Berries are often called a "superfood" and are recommended by doctors and nutritionists for a healthy diet. They are high in antioxidants and fiber, and many have essential nutrients like vitamin C, helping to protect against cancer and chronic disease.

What causes the Fizz in our Soda?

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  • When baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is mixed with an acid, like the citric acid in lemon juice, a chemical reaction occurs that causes carbon dioxide gas (CO2) to form. This results in lots of bubbles and fizziness! Store-bought soda also gets its fizz from CO2.

Let's Learn About France!

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  • Bonjour (hello)! Bienvenue en (welcome to) France and the spectacular Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, and ancient Roman ruins in the Provence region.
  • France is a European country, and its official name is the French Republic. The capital city is Paris, which also has the most people. 
  • France's land area is 248,573 square miles. That is almost the size of the US state of Texas! The number of people in France is 67,874,000, about 43 percent more than in Texas.
  • The official and national language is French, which is also the official language in 12 other countries, and a co-official language in 16 countries, including Canada. 
  • France's government consists of a president, a prime minister, and a parliament and is divided into regions and departments rather than states and counties.
  • The French have a well-known motto, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity."
  • In addition to the Eiffel Tower, France is known for the Louvre, the most visited art museum worldwide (the Mona Lisa resides there), the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) in southeastern France on the Mediterranean coast.
  • France is famous for the "beaux-arts" (fine arts). Paris is still home to many artists and great painters, artisans, and sculptors. Great literature came from French authors, such as Victor Hugo's novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Paris has two popular nicknames. The most common is "The City of Light" (La Ville Lumière), which came about because Paris was the first European city to implement street lighting in 1860, lighting up the city with 56,000 gas street lamps. The second is "The City of Love," (La Ville de L'amour). This name is probably due to Paris being considered one of the most romantic cities in the world and the high number of marriage proposals at the Eiffel Tower!
  • French cuisine is known for its freshness and high quality. Many of the world's greatest pastries originated in France, such as the croissant, eclair, and macaron!
  • Other French foods are escargot (snails!), baguette (bread), ratatouille (roasted tomato, zucchini, and eggplant—remember the movie?!), and crepes (very thin pancakes).

What's It Like to Be a Kid in France?

  • Most kids start school (preschool) at around age three. Depending on the area and the school, students go to school 4 to 5 days a week. They often get a 1½-hour lunch break, and some kids go home for lunch. 
  • Dinner is served at 7:30 pm or later, so afternoon snacks are essential. "Le goûter" (goo-tay), or afternoon tea, often includes a "tartine," a slice of bread topped with something sweet or savory (like cheese, butter and jam, or Nutella). Other popular snacks are yogurt, fromage blanc (white cheese), and fruit. 
  • Popular sports for kids are soccer, bicycling, and tennis.
  • There are several parks in France, in and around Paris. Napoleon III even designed one of them, the Bois de Boulogne, where you can find beautiful gardens, lakes, a zoo, an amusement park, and two horse racing tracks. In addition, kids can go on pony rides, play mini-golf, and race remote control boats at many public parks.  
  • Of course, kids can also go to the most popular theme park in Europe, Disneyland Paris, which opened in 1992. While there, kids can go on a ride unique to Disneyland Paris: Ratatouille: The Adventure!

Lettuce Joke Around

What do you call a sad raspberry? 

A blueberry.

That's Berry Funny

What do you give an injured lemon?

Lemon-aid!

The Yolk's On You

What did the lemon say to the cake? 

"Sour you doing?"

The Yolk's On You

What do you call raspberries playing the guitar? 

A jam session!

Lettuce Joke Around

What’s a ghost’s favorite fruit? 

Boo-berries!

Lettuce Joke Around

What do you call a raspberry that uses foul language? 

Berry Rude.

That's Berry Funny

What do you call a raspberry who got stepped on? 

Toe Jam.

The Yolk's On You

Tongue twister:

Say it 3 times fast . . . "Bake big batches of brown blueberry bread."

THYME for a Laugh

Why did the lemon have no friends? 

Because she was a sour-puss!

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