Candy Grapes Recipe


Our candy grapes recipe is the perfect customizable recipe for any occasion. It’s quick, easy, and a great way to impress those who gather around your table. Candied grapes have a celebratory feeling that is perfect for birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any occasion.

We’ll focus on making candy grapes using our basic method, which is simply beautiful and then we’ll show you some other recipe variations that children are sure to enjoy and can be used to change up the appearance and flavor. We simply use our method for how to make candied grapes with sugar and water.

candy grapes in glass

Why This Recipe Works:

This candy coated grapes recipe is quick and easy, and the outcome of your candied grapes are something that look so elegant. They can be used for a variety of purposes and occasions.

Let’s get ready to make them. Gather your ingredients for candy grapes.

How To Store Candy Grapes

Candy grapes are best when eaten immediately, but they can be stored too if needed. Storage instructions for how to make crack grapes are as follows.

Fridge. Refrigerator storage is best for short term use. The best way to store our candy grapes recipe after they’re done is to place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezer. Freezer storage is best for long term use. You can freeze candied grapes for up to 2 months. Candy grapes that have been frozen pretty much need to be eaten from the freezer as they can turn a bit mushy after they’re frozen and fully thawed.

Ingredients Needed (Full Recipe Below)

You need just 3 basic ingredients to make our basic candy grapes recipe, also known as cracked grapes.

granulated sugar
seedless grapes

See our full recipe below for ingredient measurements and step by step instructions for how to make candy grapes.

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What Types of Grapes Should I Use?

We recommend using grapes that are seedless and ones that are fresh in appearance and crisp when you bite into them.

We think that using a combination of both red and green grapes can be lovely and add interest visually. However, you can also use any kind of grape you can choose.

Our only recommendation as far as what not to use is to avoid grapes that have been sitting around for a while and have become wilted and somewhat flabby.  They will adversely affect the outcome of your candy grapes recipe.

Recipe Variations

Following are recipe variations for candy grapes recipe. These recipe variations will allow you to customize the flavor, color, and texture of your candy grapes.

So, if you’re interested in candy grapes recipe with Kool aid, candy grapes recipe with nerds, candy grapes recipe Jell-O, cotton candy grapes recipe, or sour candy grapes recipe, we’ve got all those for you.

Can I Coat These in Anything Else?

Yes, in essence the sky’s the limit when it comes to the coating of your candied grapes. That’s where the fun comes in as far as creativity in texture, color, and flavor. Here are some possibilities, but you’ll also want to read our recipe variation section below.

Kool Aid. Pour powdered Kool aid that’s still in its powder form into a bowl and dip the syrup coated grapes for a variety of flavorful outcomes.

Fun Dip. Fun dip is that sugary dip that kids love that comes with a white sugar stick to wet and dip into the packet. There are so many color and flavor possibilities in using fun dip as a coating for your candy grapes recipe.

Jolly Ranchers. Crushed Jolly Rancher candies add a dimension of texture to the outside of your candy grapes recipe. Crushed Jolly Rancher coated grapes are also known as crack grapes or Jolly Rancher grapes.

What Are Crack Grapes?

For how to make candied grapes with jolly ranchers, crack grapes recipe is made with fresh grapes that are coated in candy syrup, rolled in cracked cry baby tears, war heads, rock candy, or Jolly Ranchers. In other words, they’re coated in cracked or crushed hard candy.

Nerds. Nerds make another delicious coating for candied grapes.  You can crush your nerds or leave them whole before dipping the syrup coated grapes into the mix for delicious candied grapes recipe.

Sour Patch Candy. Looking for sour candied grapes? Coat your grapes with crushed sour patch candies for a lip-smacking pucker.

Jell-O. There are so many fun flavors of Jell-O. If you want to coordinate your candied grapes with a colorful party theme, using Jell-O to coat your candied grapes might be something to consider.

Pixy Stix. Likely you remember craving Pixy Stix as a child, or you have children or grandchildren who love Pixy Stix. Whatever the case, Pixy Stix makes a great coating for candy grapes. You can pour the candy from its paper sleeve right into a bowl and roll the grape around to perfectly coat it.

sugar coated grapes

Tips for Making Candy Grapes:

Here are some tips and tricks for how to serve candy grapes. They are perfect for any occasion and we love this easy way to make candy grapes.

Eat as a Snack. Candied grapes can be eaten as a snack. They’re best when eaten fresh and they can be great just popped into your mouth.  Any kid will show you how.

Decorate a Cake. Because candied grapes have a somewhat elegant appearance, they work great to decorate a festive or celebratory cake. Think about using them for your Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine, or next birthday cake.

Enjoy Frozen. Grapes taste good frozen. All you have to do is pop your candy-coated grapes in the freezer in an airtight container and you can enjoy them fresh from the freezer anytime. Freezing grapes also helps to lengthen their shelf life for candy grapes recipe with sugar.

Process Photos:

Step 1: washing grapes in vinegar
candied grapes in simple syrup
Step 2: candied grapes in simple syrup
candy grapes recipe showing the process
Step 3: candy grapes recipe dipped in sugar
sugar coated grapes
Step 4: sugar coated grapes

How to Make Candied Grapes:

How do you make candy grapes? Following are the step-by-step instructions for how to make our candy grapes recipe. You’ll prepare a simple syrup and dip the grapes in that allowing it to dry. Then you’ll dip the grapes in the sugar coating and allow them to dry once again, making sugar coated grapes.

candy grapes recipe

Equipment Needed:

Baking sheet
Parchment paper
Slotted spoon

Candy Grapes Ingredients

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2-3 cups grapes (crunchy grapes)
½ cup granulated sugar for coating


1. Thoroughly wash grapes and set them aside.
For how to properly wash grapes, see our post here.

2. Place water and ½ cup of sugar in saucepan over medium heat and heat until the sugar is dissolved. When it’s ready, the solution will turn clear.

3. Add the washed grapes to the sugar syrup and gently stir until fully coated.

4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the grapes from the saucepan and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Arrange the grapes so they’re not touching each other.

5. Let the grapes sit for 1 hour.

6. Add remaining granulated sugar to a shallow bowl and dip each grape into the sugar being sure that it’s fully coated.

7. Place the grapes back on the baking sheet, making sure they’re not touching. Let them sit for 1 hour. Serve and enjoy.

Candied Grapes Add Fun to Your Plate

Candied grapes have a way of adding fun to your plate. Have you seen the Tiktok grapes? They have a way of bringing about a festive atmosphere to any event or meal. You can enjoy them every day or use them to elevate a special occasion.

Why You’ll Love This Jell-O Grapes Recipe:

There are three main reasons that we think you’re going to love this candy grapes recipe. Here they are.

Healthy. The completed dish is mostly healthy and without too much unnecessary added things that make it unhealthy. Candied grapes ingredients are simple and straight forward

Customizable. One of your favorite things about candy grapes is sure to be how customizable they are. You can customize flavor, texture, and color just by the ingredients you choose to use for the candy coating on your candied crack grapes.

Kid Friendly.  If you have children in your life, consider making these with kids. Kids love them and you’re probably going to like them too.

candy grapes in sugar

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are frequently asked questions for candy grapes recipe.  If you have a question that’s not answered here, please send it to us using the comments box below and we’ll be happy to answer it.

What are candy grapes?

Candy grapes are grapes that have been covered with sugar or a candy mixture of any kind. Our candy grapes recipe and ingredients for candied grapes consists of a simple syrup dipped grape that’s also dipped in granulated sugar, or candy grapes with sugar.

What flavors of gelatin do I need to make candy grapes?

How do you make candied grapes? You can use any flavor of gelatin you’d like. That’s part of the fun is getting to customize your candy covered grapes recipe.

Can I freeze candy grapes?

Yes, just let them dry first as indicated in the step-by-step instructions for how to make them and then place them in an airtight container and put them in the freezer.

What is the best way to dry candied fruit?

The best way to dry candied fruit or candy crack grapes is to place it on a parchment covered tray and allow it to sit and air dry for approximately 1 hour.  

Can this grape tanghulu recipe be used on any fruits?

Yes, you can candy almost any fruit with this recipe including berries, cherries, and grapes.

Which Variety of Grape Works Best as Candied Grapes?

The best veriety of grape that works best for candied grapes is cotton candy grapes, if you can find these in seedless, then even better! However, because cotton candy grapes can be quite a bit more expensive, you may also use regular seedless red, green, or purple grapes.

Are Candy Grapes Healthy?

Candy grapes are not exactly healthy, but they are better for you than some other snack options. The reason candy grapes may not be the healthiest option is because they are coated in sugar, making them not as healthy as plain grapes would be for you.

Candied Grapes

Whether your plan is to learn this new candied grape recipe, how to make Tanghulu grapes, how to make cotton candy grapes, frozen grapes with Jell-O, how to make candied grapes with corn syrup, or how to make candied grapes without corn syrup, we trust that you’ll enjoy creatively making your own candy grapes recipe. And hopefully you’ll have some children who gather around your table to help you enjoy them.

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Sarah is known for her extra fancy yeast breads, melt in your mouth pies, and everything salads. She has won awards as a home cook, and is passionate about helping others feel smarter in the kitchen. Sarah is the cooking genius of the sister duo.

2 thoughts on “Candy Grapes Recipe”

  1. Once grapes have been candy coated but now they want sugar added can you just wet the candied grape and then roll in sugar?


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