Twelve Grapes

Ever try to eat twelve grapes in twelve seconds?  Hang out at our house on New Year’s Eve and you will be forced challenged to give it a try.



As the ball in Times Square drops, we gobble down twelve grapes in the last twelve seconds of the old year.  Since my poor husband gags nearly every year, I’ll give Allan a head start with a full 60 seconds to eat his grapes.


Growing up in an Hispanic/Italian American home, I’ve mastered my craft.  I can swallow them down before anyone hollers “Happy New Year!” or belts out the first note of Auld Lang Syne.


The madness behind this Spanish tradition is motivated by the promise of twelve months of good fortune in the New Year.  And like any other home on New Year’s Eve, it’s all goes down with a bit of bubbly.


But to give our evening even more of a bang, we’ll also pop any leftover Christmas crackers.  After all, we have to incorporate some of Allan’s British customs into the fiesta.


No matter how you celebrate (with grapes or without),
we wish you a safe and Happy New Year!



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  1. Natalie says:

    haha that’s so neat! Never heard of that tradition. Ours is to eat cabbage (for wealth), bacon (for health), and black-eyed-peas (for luck) on New Year’s Day. I know,.. crazy but I dunno if I could totally have eaten/swallowed 12 grapes in 12 seconds..maybe LOL Happy New Year!

  2. christine says:

    I lived in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) for 12 years and my New Year’s Eve’s there had to include the 12 grapes ….. twice each time – the first time at 11pm because it would be midnight in the mainland and Malta, then at midnight proper. You do have to get used to popping them down so fast though, otherwise you’d see your dinner in reverse quite quick! 🙂

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