CANDY GRAPES OR SOUR PATCH GRAPES
It’s no secret that kids love sweets. Anything that is loaded with sugar is pretty much a winner with most young people! Parents struggle in finding healthier options that are good for them, inexpensive, easy to make, and genuinely delicious. That last one is key–they want to eat stuff that tastes good. Kids enjoy hard candy like Jolly Rancher so these candy grapes, or sour patch grapes are my go to for parties, occasional snacks, and even dessert. With just 2 ingredients, learn how to make them in about 10 minutes! Set them out for any gathering or celebration, trust me — these treats are a surefire hit!
Easy To Make In 10 Minutes
I came across this idea several years ago when I was planning my son’s 8th birthday party. We had a rented a big game truck which provided all of the entertainment, taking a huge load off of party planning. All I needed to do was provide the food. Easy, right?! Generally I am not one to fuss on food when it comes to entertaining, my favorite recipes are those with ingredients I can count on one hand. Same goes with the amount of prep and cooking time. If I can keep that under 10 minutes each, I call it a success.
These Grapes Look Like Candy
At that age kids are very picky with the way foods look so the fact that these grapes look like pieces of candy made me confident that they would please the party guests. Of course…I was right! But even for young kids, looks aren’t everything, they must taste great!
After the party was over I received random texts from mom friends inquiring about the grapes. They would say things like “he/she said you served some sort of magical grapes and now I am supposed to make them too. Help!” I loved getting those compliments! Especially since I knew that there is literally nothing to it. Or close to nothing for sure. Two easy to find ingredients and like a handful of minutes to get these from the kitchen to the serving table.
Not Just For Parties!
Every so often a small batch of candy grapes will show up in my sons’ lunchboxes. I earn extra mom points those days for sure! The trick is to not do that too often, or it’ll lose the element of surprise. It’s all about the surprise! Sometimes I serve them as a fun after school snack on a Friday. Or as dessert after a healthy meal. They’ve been known to make an appearance in between games on tournament days too. There is really no bad time for candy grapes. Anytime is a good time to treat your family to these yummy delights!
Are Candy Grapes Actually Good for You?
The word ‘candy’ seems to throw people off. While this candy grapes recipe does have added sugar, at the end of the day, they are a fruit. Some would argue that grapes contain natural sugars without having to add more. This is true. However, this candy grapes recipe is not meant to replace fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet. Or in fact, in yours.
When comparing to other treats such as donuts, cakes, cookies, chips, ice cream and more, these candy grapes may prove to be a healthier choice. Grapes are overall good for you. Grapes have nutrients that may help individuals with eye problems, cardiovascular disease, and even protect against cancer. Additionally, grapes are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including fiber and potassium. They are easily a better choice for kids.
Speaking of cookies, try this recipe for the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever!
If you want to provide your family with a sweet, refreshing, and very easy to make colorful treat, candy grapes are a great idea!
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:
- Green Grapes
- Gelatin Dessert Packets in your choice of flavors
TOOLS YOU MAY NEED:
See how simple the process is? Prepare ahead of time and refrigerate for up to 3 days before serving (may even be able to stretch a little longer). Or whip them up quickly to entertain a last minute gathering!
I used Jello gelatin because it’s a trusted name, and it is not an expensive item in general. Jolly Rancher is another great brand, for Sour Patch Grapes, which are essentially the same thing. However, any brand of gelatin powder mix will work.
My son adores these candy grapes! He loves when I make any recipe for this blog, he gets to eat the samples, and I get a fun snapshot. Win, win!
- 4 Bunches of Green Grapes
- 3 Pkg Gelatin Dessert Mix choose any flavor
- Rinse and drain grapes in a colander.
- While still fairly wet, toss grapes into a freezer bag.
- Add full packet of flavored gelatin.
- Close bag, and shake well.
- Set grapes on a wax paper lined cookie to set for a few minutes, may refrigerate if desired.
- Do this for each flavor of gelatin, as desired.
- For best taste, serve cold or room temperature.
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Barbara is the mom behind the blog. She began writing in 2012 as the creator of Hello Life, a craft & lifestyle blog. As life evolved, and her kids became more involved in sports, she aimed to create a site that would resonate with moms like her, and in 2017 Modern Sports Mom was born. Like many of today’s mamas, she loves being creative, cooking, and fashion, and when there are a few minutes to spare, a good book. A baseball and football mom, she is fueled by her strong faith, dedication to her family, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee! Barbara lives in California with her husband, kids, dog, and cat.