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Move over, cotton candy grapes — the latest trend to take the Internet by storm is a little more DIY, a little less healthy, but dangerously, ridiculously addictive. They’re called Sour Patch Grapes (or, in some circles, Glitter Grapes), and they taste remarkably like the famous sweet-yet-tart gummy candy, only you can feel semi-virtuous about eating them, since they are, at their core, green grapes.
Bloggers have been making them for years, with the earliest posts we’ve found dating back to 2012, though no one seems to take credit for coming up with the concept. Like many recipes, it’s an unexpected-yet-brilliant idea that passed along by word of mouth, inspiring post after post — and pin after pin on Pinterest. Beyond making grapes taste like candy, the treat’s also so memorable because it’s so unbelievably easy to make (and recall, when a friend begs you to share the recipe). You’re essentially just tossing grapes in Jell-O mix, covering them with a sweet, fruity coating to offset the fruit’s natural tartness.
The most labor-intensive part of the process is yanking the grapes off the stems and rinsing them in a colander. You want to dry them just enough so they’re slightly damp, not dripping, and we’ve found adding a little lemon juice amps up the tartness — a must for true Sour Patch fans.
You can use any flavor Jell-O you like. Lemon and lime tend to blend in with the grapes the best, giving them that sugary, glittery look like the outside of actual Sour Patch Kids. Red and orange can be a little splotchy, but if you’re in it for flavor — not just the Insta — go all the way and create a rainbow of treats. Being healthy-ish has never been so easy.
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