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.

 

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!

 

Recipe

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Sour Patch Grapes - Healthier than the Candy!

4.88 from 32 votes
  • Yield: 24 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Course: Snack
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

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 ⅓ 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!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24 servings, Amount per serving: 39 calories, Calories: 39g, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 108mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 37g, Vitamin C: 2g, Calcium: 6g, Iron: 1g

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Keywords: candy, grape desserts, grapes, snack, sour candy
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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. 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 šŸ™‚

    1. It would be awesome if I had some right now! šŸ™‚ I haven’t made them in a couple of weeks and now I am craving them again!

      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?

  2. Thanks for listing the pros and cons of each method! I have to say the results are beautiful! Fun for kids

    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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. I have a funny feeling I would score cool auntie points with this recipe! I love frozen fruit for summer! šŸ™‚

    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 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.

  7. 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.

      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 šŸ™‚

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

        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!

          1. Or you can buy food grade citric acid if tounlike the extra sour. Its very cheap online can get a few pounds for under $10. Then add however much you want šŸ™‚

  10. 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?