Sour Patch Grapes – Healthier than the Candy!

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.

 

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!

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!
Yield 24 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

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

  • 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.
  • Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: candy, grape desserts, grapes, snack, sour candy

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!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!!

  4. These are beautiful! I wonder how well they would do shipping them to my family over the holidays.. what do you think?

    1. 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.

    1. 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!

  5. At the front of the article it says β€œwith only two ingredients,” but the recipe calls for more of that.

    1. 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.

    2. 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!

  6. 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!

    1. 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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