These Candied Grapes are easy, quick, and customizable. Learn how to make candied grapes that are fun, sour or sweet! Delicious and simple.
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If you're looking for a fun snack - try these candied grapes! I love eating grapes all by themselves, but this recipe really takes them to a whole new level!
Candy Grapes are surprisingly easy to make and are totally worth the reactions your friends give you. They are also a great idea for parties and after-school snack options, along with my Mini Cherry Pies and No Bake Oatmeal Cookies. Plus, they’re easy enough, the kids can make their own and choose their favorite flavor or color. They’re definitely unique, which is why they’re so fun in the first place.
Why We Love Candy Grapes Recipe
There's a lot to love about candy grapes!
- so fun to make
- kids love them because of the fun colors and flavors
- lots of variety!
Ingredients for Candy Grapes
To make candy grapes you only need 2 ingredients!
- Kool Aid Powder
How to Make Candied Grapes
- Prep - Remove the grapes from the stems and wash. Submerge in water, then drain. Let dry a bit.
- Coat - Place the kool-aid powder in a ziploc bag and add the grapes behind it. Close the bag and gently shake and move it around until the grapes are nicely coated.
- Chill - Remove the grapes from a bag and place in a sealed container. Chill for about an hour or until dry. Enjoy!
Candy Grapes Recipe Tips
- My grapes are sticky - I ran into this issue as well, but it’s because my grapes were too wet when I put them in the powder. You don’t want them dripping wet. You want them just wet enough that the powder will stick.
- Use other flavors - I liked using the red flavors as it made the color pop up better for photographs. However, you can use any kool-aid flavor or off-brand powder you like.
- Eat right away - If you don’t want to wait for your grapes to chill for an hour to be a little drier, no problem! You can definitely eat them right away although I would suggest using a fork or toothpick to eat them as they may get a tad gooey from the undried kool-aid powder.
Storing Candied Grapes
Storage: Store in a sealed container, in the fridge, for up to 6 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Freezing: I haven't tried freezing these grapes but I think the coating would get funny.
Reheating: Do not reheat these candied grapes as it will make them very sticky. You can eat them frozen as well since frozen grapes are a delicious treat!
Variations for How to Make Candy Grapes
Other Toppings: I haven't tried making this with other candy but I think that nerds, skittles, jello, jolly ranchers and pop rocks would all work!
Just use sugar: If you don’t want to use kool-aid flavors for a touch of sour, you can just use sugar. I like using the more natural sugar that’s a touch coarser and brownish in color. It works the best for hanging onto the grapes without dissolving.
Go with lighter coverage: If you don’t want such a thick layer of flavoring on your grapes, you can opt for dipping them one by one. Use a toothpick and dip them into the powder to control how much coverage they retain.
Candied Grapes Recipe FAQ
Grapes are an awesome treat when served by themselves. They have a ton of awesome health benefits and are delicious! That being said, candied grapes take on a whole new face. Though they are not nearly as healthy as raw grapes, they can still be enjoyed safely in moderation. The kool-aid powder, without added sugar, is very low in sugars and carbs, making it a much better option for a snack than most choices.
It is so easy to make candied grapes with just kool-aid powder and grapes. Follow our recipe for full directions, it's easier than you think!
Candied grapes, as far as I can tell, are a fairly new market. Most people will do special orders if you can find a local shop that makes them. The ingredients are very easy to find and would be worth the time to make a batch of your own, or give my recipe a try!
Crack grapes are another term for candied grapes! Ours are made with kool-aid powder. Some versions are made with jolly ranchers, sour patch kids or other candy treats.
Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 6 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
It takes about one hour for candy grapes to dry.
Kick up your snack game a notch with these Candied Grapes, then let me know in the comments below if they were a win for you!
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- Place the grapes in a bowl and cover with water. Let sit for a minute or two.
- While the grapes rest, place the kool-aid powder in a gallon size Ziploc bag.
- Drain the grapes and shake as much excess water off as possible without dabbing them with a paper towel.
- Dump the grapes into the bag with the kool-aid. Seal the bag and shake all around until the grapes are coated.
- Remove the grapes with tongs, a toothpick, or dump them into a dry colander to separate them from the excess kool-aid powder.
- Store in the fridge for an hour until dry.
- Serve and enjoy!