Candy Grapes

Looking for a unique and irresistible treat to elevate your snacking experience? Look no further than these delightful Candy Grapes! This recipe takes ordinary grapes and transforms them into a dazzling and delicious snack that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a party, craving a sweet pick-me-up, or simply want to impress your taste buds, these Candy Grapes are sure to delight.


  • 20-25 fresh grapes, washed and dried
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • White gel food coloring
  • Other gel food colors of your choice (neon pink and sky blue suggested)
  • 2 teaspoons flavored oil (such as vanilla or citrus)
  • Sprinkles for decorating (optional)


1. Prep the Grapes: Begin by inserting a skewer into each grape and set them aside.

2. Cook the Candy Mixture: In a saucepan, combine the white sugar, water, and corn syrup. Cook over medium to high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 300°F (149°C). Use a candy thermometer to ensure accuracy.

3. Add Color and Flavor: Once the candy mixture reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the heat and stir in the white gel food coloring and flavored oil. For an extra pop of color, add 3-4 drops of other gel food colors and gently swirl the mixture.

4. Coat the Grapes: Dip each grape into the candy mixture, allowing any excess to drip off. For added flair, roll the coated grapes in sprinkles of your choice.

5. Let Them Set: Place the coated grapes on parchment paper or a silicone mat to dry for approximately 15 minutes at room temperature. Alternatively, you can speed up the process by refrigerating them for 10 minutes.

6. Serve and Enjoy: Once the candy coating has set, your Candy Grapes are ready to be enjoyed! Serve them as a standalone snack or incorporate them into your favorite desserts for a burst of sweetness and color.

Nutritional Information:

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Calories: Approximately 80 kcal per grape
  • Servings: Makes 20-25 Candy Grapes

Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Serve with Style: Present your Candy Grapes on a decorative platter or in colorful bowls to enhance their visual appeal. Consider adding fresh mint leaves or edible flowers as a garnish for an extra touch of elegance.
  2. Pair with Complementary Flavors: Pair your Candy Grapes with complementary flavors to create a memorable tasting experience. Serve them alongside cheese and crackers for a sweet and savory combination, or pair them with a glass of sparkling wine for a sophisticated treat.
  3. Create Eye-catching Displays: Arrange your Candy Grapes on skewers or cocktail picks to create eye-catching displays for parties and gatherings. You can also thread them onto a string to make a vibrant and edible garland for special occasions.
  4. Store Properly: Store any leftover Candy Grapes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Avoid refrigerating them, as this can cause the candy coating to become sticky.
  5. Refresh if Needed: If your Candy Grapes lose their shine or become sticky over time, you can refresh them by lightly rolling them in granulated sugar before serving.
  6. Enjoy Responsibly: While Candy Grapes are a delicious treat, they should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Keep portion sizes in check to prevent overindulgence.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Candy Grapes remain fresh, delicious, and visually stunning for all to enjoy. Whether you’re hosting a party, preparing a special dessert, or simply treating yourself to a sweet snack, these tips will help you make the most of this delightful treat.


  1. Chocolate-Dipped Grapes: For a decadent twist, try dipping your grapes in melted chocolate instead of candy coating. Use dark, milk, or white chocolate, and consider adding chopped nuts or shredded coconut for extra texture.
  2. Fruity Flavors: Experiment with different flavored oils to add a burst of fruity goodness to your Candy Grapes. Try using strawberry, raspberry, or lemon flavored oils for a refreshing and tangy twist.
  3. Citrus Zest: Enhance the flavor of your Candy Grapes by adding finely grated citrus zest to the candy coating mixture. Orange, lemon, or lime zest can add a bright and zesty flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the grapes.
  4. Spiced Sugar Coating: Add a kick of flavor to your Candy Grapes by incorporating spices such as cinnamon, ginger, or chili powder into the sugar coating mixture. The warm and aromatic spices will add depth and complexity to the sweetness of the grapes.
  5. Nutty Crunch: Roll your coated grapes in crushed nuts, such as almonds, peanuts, or pistachios, for a deliciously crunchy texture. The combination of sweet candy coating and nutty crunch creates a satisfying contrast of flavors and textures.
  6. Rainbow Assortment: Create a stunning display of Candy Grapes by using a variety of gel food colors to coat your grapes. Mix and match different colors to create a vibrant rainbow assortment that’s as visually appealing as it is delicious.
  7. Alcohol-Infused: For an adult-friendly version, soak your grapes in your favorite liqueur or spirit before coating them in candy. Popular choices include rum, brandy, or flavored liqueurs like Grand Marnier or amaretto, adding a boozy kick to your sweet treat.
  8. Customized Sprinkles: Get creative with your decorations by using customized sprinkles or edible glitter to adorn your Candy Grapes. Personalize them for special occasions or holidays by using themed sprinkles, such as hearts for Valentine’s Day or stars for New Year’s Eve.


  1. How long do Candy Grapes last? Candy Grapes are best enjoyed fresh, but if stored properly in an airtight container at room temperature, they can last for up to 2 days. However, for optimal taste and texture, it’s recommended to consume them within the first day of making.
  2. Can I use different types of grapes for this recipe? Yes, you can use different varieties of grapes based on your preference. Red, green, or black grapes all work well for making Candy Grapes. Choose grapes that are firm and ripe for the best results.
  3. Is it necessary to use a candy thermometer? While a candy thermometer is helpful for achieving the perfect candy coating consistency, you can still make Candy Grapes without one. However, using a thermometer ensures that the candy mixture reaches the desired temperature for proper coating.
  4. Can I skip the flavored oil? The flavored oil adds an extra layer of taste to the Candy Grapes, but you can skip it if you prefer. The grapes will still be delicious with just the candy coating. Alternatively, you can experiment with different flavored oils to customize the taste.
  5. Are Candy Grapes suitable for vegans? Yes, Candy Grapes can be made vegan-friendly by ensuring that the ingredients used, such as the sugar and corn syrup, are certified vegan. Additionally, opt for plant-based gel food coloring and skip the optional sprinkles if they contain animal-derived ingredients.

With their eye-catching appearance and irresistible sweetness, these Candy Grapes are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Whether you’re craving a fun and fruity snack or looking for a creative way to add flair to your next gathering, this recipe is guaranteed to impress. So why wait? Whip up a batch of Candy Grapes today and treat yourself to a taste sensation like no other!