Cotton Candy grape fans, you got to try Gum Drops. These grapes taste like the sweet, gummy candies they are named after. Find out when you can find them.
The saying about Grapery should be to expect the unexpected.
I have had enough of their varieties by now that just about anything is possible.
And I know every time I encounter a new variety from them that I am going to love it. They have a perfect track record with me so far.
One of their varieties that I have been waiting to try ever since I knew they existed (found that out during my first Grapery tour ) were the Gum Drops grapes. I love gum drop candies, especially the ones they sell at Whole Foods (when I worked there it was hard not to use my discount on them all the time!)
Grapery taste tested this grape and people felt it was even better than Cotton Candy grapes. That just really got me excited.
? What They Taste Like
The label on the packaging of Gum Drops grapes says - "Enjoy a gummylicious flavor every time you bite into our new Gum Drop grapes. These tasty luscious jewels are naturally raised and then picked when they reach the peak of flavor". That description is right in every sense. These grapes do immediately remind me of Gum Drops without the sugar crystals on the outside.
They have a really fruity finish to them.
Normally only Homer Simpson could would eat those kinds of sweets together (like when he made a giant ball of deep-fried, caramel-covered, cotton candy) but now anyone can enjoy the flavors of these sweet treats and not gain 50 pounds or make themselves sick!
Why They Taste Different
There are multiple varieties of grapes in the Gum Drops line, so they may have slightly different appearances. Both of these grapes bunches in the photo above are Gum Drops. The one on the left is red and the one on the right is black.
The name of each variety of grape in order in which they ripen are Candy Snaps, Candy Hearts, and Candy Dreams. You may actually see these names in bags/containers from other growers. In fact, ALDI had Candy Heart grapes from Chile during the winter months.
All of these grapes have a fruity flavor that will make you think of the Gum Drops candy. Let me share the subtle differences between the types.
? Look for them starting in Late July
These are the earliest ripening Gum Drops. When you see them first hit the stores for the season, they will be these ones.
They are a small to medium sized grape that have a brilliant red grape color. Their flavor has a strawberry like quality to it.
? Look for them starting in Mid August
When compared to the Candy Snaps, these grapes are larger in size and have a more muted color with tan undertones. I find these to be the most crisp of the Gum Drops grapes.
Their flavor has some Muscat elements to it.
? Look for them starting in Late August
Candy Dreams stand out as they are a black colored grape. Very fruity in flavor like the best grape juice you ever had. These were the first ones I ever had and what made me fall in love with Gum Drops grapes.
I was able to find Candy Dreams at the same time I found Candy Hearts, so it was fun to do an comparison. My wife preferred the Candy Hearts and I liked Candy Dreams better. And the kids don't care as long as they are getting to eat them!
? When in Season?
The 2020 crop is looking exceptionally good with supplies lasting from late July to early November.
?Gum Drops vs. Cotton Candy
I wanted to compare Grapery's signature and most popular variety, Cotton Candy grapes with the Gum Drops.
|Cotton Candy||Gum Drops|
|Green with bronze tones||Ranging from black to purple to dark red|
|Average sized||Small to medium|
|Very sweet, little tartness||Ranging from sweet with some tartness to really sweet|
|Tastes like Cotton Candy||Fruity, gummy flavor|
|One variety||3 varieties under the same packaging|
|mid August to late September||late July to early November|
? Try These Grapes Too
Have you found these grapes? Tell us what you think and where you bought them in the comments below.