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!
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?!
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.
The directions are super simple but I will tell you there are many different ways to accomplish the same thing here.
- Use my method with toothpicks (more details below)
- Rinse the grapes, put them in a ziploc back and pour desired flavor in, seal and shake
- Roll each grape through the mix by hand after rinsing.
Each method has positives and negatives:
- Cons:My method takes longer than the others and uses toothpicks. Positive: Beautiful, even coverage, no messy hands.
- Cons: Messy uneven coverage, no beautiful presentation. Positive: Done in literally seconds.
- 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)
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.
Let the grapes stay on the toothpicks until the liquid is dried and they have formed a crust of sweet and sour magic.
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!
- 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
- 1 cup water
- Pour ⅓ of each flavor into small bowls.
- Poke a toothpick in through the spot where the stem was attached.
- Using toothpick, dip in water and roll in mix. (Or just have a bowl of grapes sitting in water).
- 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.
Was wondering if I sold these at a farmers market, would they hold up to heat? Or would the jello melt off? I live in Arkansas..
Maybe we don’t recommend people give choking hazards to toddlers?
Or maybe parents can decide what’s best for their toddlers? As in waiting until they have enough teeth, cutting them in half, or watching them closely while they enjoy a treat?
Maybe if someone is unable to determine what is best to give their own toddler, they have no business having that child at all?
my baby swallowed every grape in the recipe what should I do
I was excited to make these as a healthier summer snacks for the kids. I froze them and when first served were good. I did think everyone would be popping them in their mouths, but that did not happen. The leftovers were just a sticky mess.They took a lot of time to individually roll each grape in the powder, so I am not sure I will waste the time to make these again.
I’m sorry this recipe didn’t work out well for you! Maybe I have another recipe that will keep well longer.
So this is probably a dumb question but you wet them n the put them in the jelly and then what do you do next?
Hello Jammie, thank you for your question. after those two steps you then put them in the fridge until they are chilled completely. Then they are done.
Question: do the grapes have to remain chilled
No, they can be left out but over the course of a day or so the candy can get a bit sticky if there is any heat!
may seem like a silly question, are they GLUTIN free?
Does it have to be the jolly rancher brand?
Nope! Use whatever preferred brand you’d like 🙂
It states39 calories per serving g but does not say what that serving size is. Can you please share that? Thank you!! These look amazing!!
About 6-8 grapes.
When you say 1/3 box of the Jolly Rancher, do you mean the packets?
I can’t wait to try this recipe but I’m just confused about the amount of the Jolly Rancher drink mix.. Thank you!!
Yes, the jolly rancher jello mix. Enjoy!
Is there an update on the freezer ones?
Just place them in the freezer for 2-3 hours. They’re so good!
Cherries might work for this recipe
Do the gelatin mixes need to be cooked ? I mean, sorry if this is a foolish question ?
No need to cook the mix. You’ll just be rolling the grapes in the mix out of the package. Enjoy!
Woooow. Such hostility over grapes. I have 2 sons, 1 of which is an 18 month old and if you’ve kept your kids alive long enough to call them toddlers and still can’t figure out how to feed them grapes without them choking, maybe you need to reevaluate some of your own methods or competency. Snowflakes, i swear they’re breeding faster than guppies. Anyways, I made these for the kids tonight and I thought they were great, but my boys thought they were too sour after eating a few, and I was wondering if this would work with the seedless purple or red grapes? Any flavors of jello that would work better with the reds? We have sugar intolerance issues in the house so I had to use SF jello, but I used a variety of different flavors and I didn’t have any issues with coating evenly or anything, but even with toothpicks my fingers were all yucky, lol it’s definitely something my kids enjoyed doing more than I did but worth it all in the end and I love recipes that I can invite my son to be a part of. All in all, this recipe is a win. I thought it was pretty cut and dry, explained very well, directions and ingredients all very easy to understand.
Please cut those grapes for toddlers and never serve frozen grapes to kids. That is such a choking hazard.
Even better with Lemon or lime juice instead of water!
These are beautiful! I wonder how well they would do shipping them to my family over the holidays.. what do you think?
I don’t think it’ll work. They’re pretty delicate and I would think the jostling from shipping wouldn’t allow it to arrive in good shape. Sorry. You’ll just have to make your family come to you, haha! Happy Holidays.
I cant buy jolly ranch jello in my area, any ideas I can use
use similar flavored jello (do not use sugar free).
Why should we not use sugar free?
I used sugar free and they were awesome!
Would maraschino cherries work?
I haven’t used them myself, they are pretty sweet on their own would be my own caution. But if you try it out, I’d love to hear how they turned out!
How long will they last?
We’ve had them last as long as a few weeks. Enjoy!
You have very intresting recipes.. Do you have one for lemon merigue pie?
Stay tuned for that one. 🙂
How did it come out when froze?
They turned out amazing! Perfect for summer too.
What do you mean by mix. Not sure what to buy
Yes, the mix comes in a jello box (pictured above in the post). Hope this helps clear things up!
At the front of the article it says “with only two ingredients,” but the recipe calls for more of that.
The two ingredients are the jolly rancher mix and grapes. 🙂 Enjoy!
Is the “Jolly Rancher mix” a type of jello or a powdered drink mix?
It’s a powdered jello mix.
Has anyone tried this using strawberries, apple slices or tangerines…just curious
What a fun idea! Here is my gut reaction: The strawberries and apples would release too many liquids and the tangerine skin (if not removed) would not adhere. If removed it would also release too much liquids.
We did something like this with apple slices and called them stained glass apples… no water needed of course, consume immediately. We just sprinkled several colors over each slice. Very pretty!
Just bought grapes then ran into this recipes I’m definitely going to try it! Thanks for the post!
I was looking forward to these and thought they were way too sweet and not sour at all.
Use lemon juice instead!
Use vodka. Its was the bomb
So I did the hardest way, using a toothpick and it didn’t work. It wouldn’t cover, and the few spots that did, were ugly bumps!
Michelle, I have been making these for years. What type of jello mix did you use? I have had hiccups before too.
However if you think of it like battering something, it’s helpful. Try the water dip repeat method a few times to get a beautiful sugary coating.
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