Sour Patch Grapes – Healthier than the Candy!

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Sour Patch Grapes are a great sour candy fix! With only two ingredients they taste like you threw grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!

Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!
Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory! 

These Sour Patch Grapes go by a bunch of different names on Pinterest including Glitter Grapes, Candied Grapes, Frosted Grapes and of course the way I refer to them, as Sour Patch Grapes. Any way you cut it, they’re tart and sweet and delicious!

All my life I have been a HUGE fan of Sour Patch Kids and sour candy in general. I’m such a fan of them that I had started buying them in bulk and then switched to bulk but individually wrapped packages so I don’t eat a huge handful!

The tart and sweet flavors are a favorite and given a choice between a bowl of sour candy and ANY other dessert (ok 99% of other desserts) I would choose the bowl of sour candy. So when I stumbled across this idea on Pinterest I had high hopes that I was trying to keep in check while I sent my husband out for ingredients.

I knew I was going to work with my own flavors and recreate the original mix, but I wasn’t prepared for us to all gather around the bowl eating them with reckless abandon. I think the bowl lasted about two minutes flat. But can you blame us when they look like this?! Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!I chose Jolly Rancher Green Apple, Jolly Rancher Watermelon (I can’t do cherry or strawberry jello ever again after the hospital stay when I had my youngest. Red jello is officially not a part of my diet ever again!), Jello Lemon and Jello Orange.

You can of course use any flavors of jello that you want, but the idea here was to capture the flavors of the candies and the colors. I have also tried other flavors with awesome success.  They’re DELICIOUS! And since originally making this post, we’ve made them frozen too. They’re perfect for the summer when frozen.

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Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!

The directions are super simple but I will tell you there are many different ways to accomplish the same thing here.

  1. Use my method with toothpicks (more details below)
  2. Rinse the grapes, put them in a ziploc back and pour desired flavor in, seal and shake
  3. Roll each grape through the mix by hand after rinsing.

Each method has positives and negatives:

  1. Cons:My method takes longer than the others and uses toothpicks. Positive: Beautiful, even coverage, no messy hands.
  2. Cons: Messy uneven coverage, no beautiful presentation. Positive: Done in literally seconds.
  3. Cons: Messy hands, imperfect coverage, still takes a heck of a long time, if not as long as mine. Positives: Prettier than #2

Here is my method (I used toothpicks since I had a box of 1000 laying around not being used). Take one bowl of freshly washed green grapes and a small bowl of water. (Foam dinosaurs optional)Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!Poke a toothpick in through the spot where the stem was attached. Using toothpick, dip in water and roll in mix that is in a tilted bowl for easy rolling. Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!Let the grapes stay on the toothpicks until the liquid is dried and they have formed a crust of sweet and sour magic.Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!

Put in fridge for as long as it takes to chill them completely. I also froze a few to test, I will update my post in the morning about how good they are! Once they are fully chilled you can easily remove the toothpicks.

Repeat the steps with each individual flavor, you can choose any flavors you’d like, I chose mine to mimic the colors of original Sour Patch Kids. Once they’ve dried, serve it up in a bowl and watch your toddler (if you happen to have one handy) say “wooooooowwwwwwwwww” over and over again!

Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!

 

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Sour Patch Grapes - Healthier than the Candy!

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  • Yield: 24 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Course: Snack
  • Cuisine: American
Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 box Jolly Rancher Watermelon Mix
  • 1/3 box Jolly Rancher Green Apple Mix
  • 1/3 box Jello Lemon Mix
  • 1/3 box Jello Orange Mix
  • 3 pounds green grapes
  • toothpicks
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Pour 1/3 of each flavor into small bowls.
  2. Poke a toothpick in through the spot where the stem was attached.
  3. Using toothpick, dip in water and roll in mix. (Or just have a bowl of grapes sitting in water).
  4. Put in fridge for as long as it takes to chill them completely.
  5. I also froze a few to test, I will update my post in the morning about how good they are!
  6. Once they are fully chilled you can easily remove the toothpicks.
  7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!

Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!

Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!

Sour Patch Grapes are a great sour candy fix! With only two ingredients!
2 Ingredient Sour Patch Grapes are also known as glitter grapes and SO EASY!

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  1. Waiting for the update on the froze grapes. I love sour patch kid, but I also love frozen grapes. They look amazing!

    1. So my husband ate them this morning because that is what husbands do. He said they were great. So now I need to make more to try them myself!

      1. Good to know that frozen was good! I’m looking to do these this weekend for some college football tailgating. Have you ever tried vodka in stead of water?

        1. The vodka will evaporate quickly so it may not help the topping stick as well. But I do like your style and would LOVE to know if it works! Have you tried the vodka/gummy bear idea?

        1. I spritzed my grapes with a little lemon juice before putting the jello on, it adds a little more zing if you like sour things!

  2. This might be the single greatest thing I’ve ever seen on the web. I mean it’s genius. You get a little fruit. You get a little candy.

  3. This is one of the best healthy alternative recipes I’ve seen. I love that you coated the grapes in candy. Now you get that great flavor without nearly as much sugar.

      1. This was my first question as I read this too! I ran across the article because I was looking for homemade green candies/desserts for a Grinch mason jar Christmas gift. Perhaps it will work if I refrigerate them and include those instructions on the jar?

        1. If you make them, let them dry out in the fridge then layer very carefully I think you’ll be fine! The thing is once they sit for a bit the moisture from the grapes will make the jello powder wet again and they’ll stick. But if it is short term I think you’ll be fine 🙂

  4. This is such a fun treat! I was always a fan of Sour Patch kids. This is a really cool way to make a healthier version.

  5. I am so impressed with this recipe. This would be perfect for a party table because they are so pretty and are surely a hit with kids and adults.

    1. Thanks Valerie! I’m making them again for my toddler’s birthday party coming up next month in theme appropriate colors.

    1. I know, right? My toddler woke up this morning saying “Mommy you want sparkly grapes?” and when I said no I was told “That’s okay Mommy, I eat them for you!”

  6. I have a funny feeling I would score cool auntie points with this recipe! I love frozen fruit for summer! 🙂

  7. Oh wow. This made my mouth water. How awesome is this! I love all things sour, and I really love grapes. This would be great!

    1. Jeanine you should totally try them. I’m eating my way through the second batch of them right now (while saving about a dozen to test how long they keep for) and they are addicting. Also, I tried them frozen, they are amazing frozen too!

  8. My husband is a Sour Patch Kids fanatic, has to have them every time we go to the movies. He’d die a happy man if I made these for him!

    1. My pleasure Christie! I know mine had to look pretty but sometimes making it in 10 seconds for a gaggle of kids wins over beauty! Haha.

      1. Me too. (Randomly from Pinterest.) When I first started pinning, & pinning parties were “all the rage”?…. We tried basically this. Yours turned out MUch MUCH more beautiful, & I love the flavor combos. Why our brains didn’t go there, I’ll never know. You have re inspired me to try these! I know a certain little girl who can’t enjoy chewy candies, & will go nuts for this version!!! Thank you & can’t wait to try your toothpick method! ….maybe these will be my Easter contribution?

  9. Are you serious! I LOoooooooVE Sour patches and literally have to stop myself from buying them on every grocery visit. I would definitely try them, these looks so cute and delicious. I can already feel the lemon, orange and green apple flavors 🙂

    1. That’s exactly what I did with the second batch. I stored them successfully for almost a week (this was a trial run to know how long they would last). You can also freeze them. They were DELICIOUS frozen!

  10. These look beautiful, but I don’t understand what makes them sour. Is the Jolly Rancher gelatin a sweet/sour blend? If not, would Jello brand work? Thanks!

    1. Both Jello and Jolly Rancher work equally well, I just really like the flavors of Jolly Rancher. They both have sour to them. I hope you love it!

  11. This looks Sooo awesome, I can’t wait to make them. Where does the sour flavor come from? Is it the green grapes that do the trick?

    1. The jello/jolly rancher powder and the green grapes. Tart from the grapes and sour from the powder 🙂 If you want a more muted flavor you can totally use red grapes instead and the only sour flavor will be the powder.

  12. Just finished making a batch of these and OMG I LOVE THEM!!!!! My boyfriend is a huge sour patch kids fan so i made up a batch for him as a Christmas present! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  13. WHILE I Love your recipe idea is it wrong that I’m just as excited for the jolly rancher watermelon jello flavor? How did I miss that? I am going to the store right now as I have a bunch of grapes leftover from the New Years celebration and I can make them today!! Yay!

    1. I found them at the local Safeway, but worst case scenario they are on Amazon (for way more than I would want to pay though!)

        1. Yes! They are. The jello powder in its concentrated form is quite sour. It contains a form of citric acid (the sour stuff on sour patch kids) which is why in addition to the flavors, it tastes so similar 🙂

      1. This would be great for a child diabetic snack made with sugar free jello. I have 4 type one diabetics…..3 children. great idea…….wonder how I could transport them? Thank you.

        1. Thank you so much! I’ve never transported ours as they seem to quickly disappear before having a chance to even put them away, haha! My suggestion is probably keep them chilled in shallow type containers and transport them in a cooler depending on how long they’ll be out of the fridge. Let me know if how that works or if you came up with a better solution.

    1. Add a bit more water to the grapes and roll a bit slower. I promise if you do that you’ll see it stick really nicely and you can even sort of mold it into a perfect coating.

  14. I would like to add an alternate method. After rinsing the grapes in the colander, shake it a few times and pour the grapes onto a papertowel lined cookie sheet. Dry the colander well and pour the grapes back into it. Slowly sprinkle the jell-o over the grapes, stirring with a wooden spoon as you go. Remove the papertowels from the cookie sheet. Pour the grapes back onto the empty cookie sheet. Put in the freezer or refrigerator until chilled to desired temperature. Green grapes with pineapple jell-o is my favorite although the kids at our end of season lacrosse jamboree loved the TMNT booykasha berry and the watermelon jell-os on green grapes. Thank you for this amazing recipe!!!!

  15. I have tried this ten times, frozen grapes, refrigerated grapes, warm grapes. The jello either doesnt stick or sets and then gets mushy what is the Secret?????

    1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! You may be using too much water. Dip the grapes (room temp or fridge temp is fine), let excess water drip off then roll slowly. If you see it soak through the jello quickly its too wet. As you roll it you should see where the powder doesn’t soak through immediately. Then refrigerate until it completely dries out. I’m confused about the sets then gets mushy though, if you want we can troubleshoot via email too? contact @ dinnerthendessert.com

      1. HI!
        I was wondering how much sugar is in these?
        I made small snack bags for my kids,
        I did 1 tbsp of the powder and 10 grapes.

        How much sugar is in the 1 tbsp??
        Thanks!!!!

        1. Sorry, I’m not sure how much sugar is in these. You could probably look at the back of the package and just divide it by how much you’re using to get a ballpark idea.

  16. I have a question….do u mix any of these together? If not, how do u get the sweet and the sour in one grape? Is the grape the sweet n each of the mixes r all sour! Would like to màke these with a little one next week over spring break.

    1. You could mix them but I’ve found the the tartness of the jello mix with the sweet of the grape is the perfect combination for that sweet and sour taste. Enjoy!!

    1. Was it patchy or just didn’t stick at all? I might try freezing the grapes a bit before rolling them in the mix (might make them a bit more firm to help with rolling in the mix). You also want to make sure your grape is completely wet before rolling and because the grape is more firm, apply a bit more pressure when rolling it to ensure it gets a good “stick”. If you want to trouble shoot more, feel free to email me at contact @ dinnerthendessert.com

  17. Wow!!!! I tried these with my boyfriend’s son this weekend. Talk about an instant hit! Even my boyfriend loved him- he said this is the most genious “healthy” snack he’s seen. Thanks so much for such an amazing idea!!!

  18. I am so going to try this with blueberries and serve them frozen! I’m so excited about this!! Thank you for the idea!!

  19. It would be interesting to try this with Cotton Candy grapes. I love them frozen! Guess I’ll have to wait until August to o try those also.

  20. So glad I came across this awesome idea. My grandson asked me the other day if we could make sour candy. Since we are trying to keep him off candy, thisvis an excellent alternative. Making them this week with him.

  21. Didn’t see the update about how the frozen grapes turned out. Are they better in the fridge of the freezer?

  22. These look super good! Gonna try them today 🙂 how long do they keep in the freezer? Not that i’m expecting them to last long or anything … 😉

  23. The jello powder wasn’t sour at all unfortunately 🙁 so I added some citric acid powder… lol that soooooo solved it. Oh and frozen works great! I actually did this the first time with frozen because I ALWAYS have a huge bag of frozen grapes in my freezer and they get kinda sticky during the freezing process so it helps the coating stick and you can eat them frozen right away!

    Rating: 4
  24. Planning to make these for my two-year-old’s birthday party this weekend. I saw you said they keep in the fridge in an airtight container for almost a week. Did you use a shallow container or is a deep one fine. I’m worried about them getting mushy and stuck together. Thanks for the idea. We’re going for a space themed party and my daughter will love eating these sparkly little “planets.”

    1. Such a cute party idea!! We ate them so fast so the container was smaller because there weren’t many left. My suggestion would be to place parchment or wax paper between the layers if you’re using a larger container. That might help to maintain the coating and ensure they don’t get squished.

  25. What a cute, quick, easy and unique recipe! This is great for parties and I love the comments about VODKA. I’d be lying if I wasn’t already thinking the same!

    1. I don’t think it would with them being already frozen. I would suggest just dipping your frozen grapes into the mix and treat it like FunDip, haha!

    1. I’ve never tried it so I can’t really say but as long as it has the same powdery consistency, I would think it would still work. Obviously, the taste will be a bit different because of being sugar free. Let me know if you decide to try.

  26. So much fun and easy !!! I used red grapes because of the resveratrol in the skin. Blue raspberry gelatin would be tasty. This recipe is great thanks for sharing it!! 

    Rating: 5
  27. Our Dillons didn’t have many Jolly Rancher flavors, but I went with a Jello Brand Berry Blue and it was by far our favorite! We also tried lemon, orange, cherry and Jolly Rancher Green Apple, and the best were Green Apple and Berry Blue. If we make again, will probably just use those flavors!

  28. Love this idea, we are having a Watermelon theme party for my 1 yr old granddaughter next month, I am going to try green and watermelon colors and arrange in a bowl to look like watermelon.

  29. I tried these because my kids love sour patch kids, but my kids didn’t like these.  They just tasted like sugary powder on the outside.  The look beautiful but we didn’t like them.