A new seedless red grape variety that has a strawberry like fruity taste. Also featured in Grapery's Gum Drops line. Find out when and where to find these grapes.
Excuse my lameness here, but I have to say - grapes are the new candy.
Many new grapes varieties have been hitting the market place over the last decade and many of them elude to candy with their sweetness and taste. Cotton Candy grapes were the first and from there the trend has continued into the topic of today's post
Candy Snap grapes!
🧪 How They Were Made
These new grape varieties you have been seeing including Cotton Candy and Candy Snaps were developed by International Fruit Genetics or IFG. They have been working tirelessly to bring new flavorful seedless varieties of grapes to the market. And man have they changed the grape industry for the better!
They don't genetically modify the grapes to taste a certain way. They breed different varieties of grapes together, grow them, and see how they taste. It's a long hard process with a only a portion of the varieties being good enough to continue growing.
👅 What Do They Taste Like?
Candy Snaps grapes have a very fruity flavor with hints of strawberry. They are sweet but with some tartness like a good strawberry. The grapes themselves are on the small side and are a pretty dark red, nearly black color (depending on how light is shone on them). The texture is firm and crisp. Their smaller size gives them a greater ratio of skin to flesh.
Are they like Cotton Candy grapes? In the sense that they both sweet grapes then yes. The flavor is quite different. It's more fruity, while Cotton Candy grapes have more of a toffee/caramel kind of sweetness.
☀️ When in Season?
The season for the grapes has been expanding. Since they are grown in different parts of the world, they are available at different times. Here is a table to help you.
|February - March||Peru or Chile|
|April - early June||Mexico|
|August - early September||California|
They are grown by several different growers. The ones featured above our from Grapeman Farms. I have also heard Anthony Vineyard, Bright Vines, Joy Fresh, Divine Divine Flavor, Sin Pacific Awe Sum Organics, Master's Touch and Pacific Trellis Fruit grow them as well. That list keeps getting longer.
🙋 Are They Organic?
Most of the ones you are going to find are not. Both Divine Flavor and Awe Sum Organics do grow certified organic ones. Look for them during the Mexico season.
You may also find them being labelled Gummy Berries. Divine Flavor uses that name and also has Candy Snaps written on the packaging.
🍬 Gum Drops Grapes
You may also find Candy Snaps under another name as well. Grapery includes them among their Gum Drops line of grapes along with Candy Hearts and Candy Dreams. They are the first variety available in the Gum Drops line. Learn more about Gum Drops by checking out our blog post.
Let us know in the comments section what you think of Candy Snaps grapes and where you have found them.
🛒 Where to Buy
Here are some locations to look for Candy Snaps grapes.
- Sam's Club
- The Fresh Market
- Hannaford Market
- Trader Joe's
- Stop & Shop
If you want to find them as part of Grapery's Gum Drops line, check out where to find Grapery grapes and look to get them in late July through August.