Candied Grapes….are those a real snack food? For my kids, they certainly are! If you love Sour Patch Kids candy, then you can think of these as Sour Patch Grapes. They are super easy recipe to make, in fact, your kids can make them all by themselves. If you love any type of candied fruit, then learning how to make candied grapes is worth a try. And, you’ll never guess what I used to make the candy coating on the outside….
While they come in many different forms and flavors, a candied grape is simply a fresh grape that has been either rolled in a flavored sugar mixture or dipped in melted hard candy. These are sometimes referred to as Candy Grapes or Jello Grapes, depending on the coating used. Sometimes, these candied grapes are even frozen to add another layer to this unique eating experience.
Cotton Candy Grapes, on the other hand, are a specific variety of grape that naturally has a sweet flavor reminiscent of cotton candy. They aren’t necessarily “candied,” but their unique flavor profile makes them popular among children and adults alike.
Crack grapes, often mentioned in the same context, is another term for candied grapes. It stems from the crackling sound these grapes make when you bite into the hardened candy coating.
Recipe Variations – Candy Grapes, Jello Grapes, And More!
A simple Google search will result in quite a variety of recipes for candied grapes. Here are some options, each using different candy coating material for the grapes:
- Jello Grapes: Any flavor of regular Jello powder works well as a coating for the damp grapes to roll around in, especially those sour versions, imitating the taste of Sour Patch Kids candy. Just don’t use a sugar-free version of Jello powder.
- Jolly Rancher Grapes: Melt Jolly Rancher candies, then dip the grapes directly into the melted candy or drizzle the sugar syrup over the grapes. This coating method isn’t safe for kids due to the hot, molten sugar. Safety first, always!
- Cotton Candy Grapes: While the name may lead you to believe they’re coated in cotton candy, these grapes actually get their name from their natural flavor. However, for a twist, you can try coating these sweet grapes in your choice of candy coating for a doubly sweet treat!
DIY Cotton Candy Syrup And Granulated Sugar Coating
Another fun option is to make your own cotton candy syrup. Start by combining granulated sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and continue to heat the syrup until it reaches the “hard crack” stage (300 to 310 degrees Fahrenheit). You can then dip the grapes in this syrup (carefully – it’s hot!) and let them harden.
If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can test the syrup’s readiness by dropping a small amount into a bowl of ice water. If it forms a hard, brittle thread, it’s ready.
For a granulated sugar coating, you can simply roll your wet grapes in granulated sugar. This will create a sweet and crunchy exterior, similar to a sugared doughnut.
Ice Cream And Other Dessert Pairings
Candied grapes are great on their own, but why stop there? Pair them with a scoop of your favorite ice cream for an elevated dessert experience. The cool, creamy texture of the ice cream balances out the sweet, crunchy grapes beautifully. You could also add them to fruit salads or use them as garnishes for other desserts.
Whether you call them candy grapes, jello grapes, cotton candy grapes, or crack grapes, one thing is certain: they’re a hit with kids and adults alike. You can use any variety of seedless grape, be it red or green, just ensure that they are firm for the best result.
Remember to experiment with different flavors such as lime and strawberry, and don’t forget to try using crushed Jolly Ranchers as an additional coating option. This fun dessert recipe is all about creativity and flavor, so don’t be afraid to mix and match to find your perfect candy grape combination. Happy snacking!
Fun Recipe For Sour Patch Kids Candy Lovers
My kids love Sour Patch Kids candy, so we make them with sour Jello powder flavors for a similar but healthier taste experience. The sour jello grape variety is a wonderful replacement for the Sour Patch Kids candy, offering a satisfying sweet-sour flavor while being relatively healthier.
Enjoy Your Candy Grapes
These candy grapes are more than just a snack, they are a fun and engaging activity for you and your kids. Plus, they are a healthier alternative to other sweet treats. So go ahead and make some candy grapes, your family will thank you!Print
- Green or red seedless grapes
- 1 box green apple or watermelon gelatin
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 12 servings
- Category: Dessert
- Wash the grapes in a mesh strainer and let them drip dry.
- Pour the Jello powder onto a plate, then roll the damp grapes in the powder until coated.
- Place them in the fridge for one hour to allow the Jello to set, then serve cold and enjoy!
Toothpick Trick: A little trick to make the coating process easier is to use a toothpick. Stick the toothpick into the grape and then roll it in the coating. This can help you get a more even layer of candy coating and also keep your fingers clean!
And there you have it, an easy and fun treat that your kids are sure to love. Just remember to maintain a balance with their snacks, and as always, enjoy the quality time you spend with them. After all, family is priceless. Stay frugal, folks!