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Tart and sweet with a taste that is delightfully tangy, these sour patch grapes made with just 4 ingredients and will easily cure any candy craving!
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Table of Contents
  1. Chilled Sour Patch Grapes That Taste Like Candy
  2. Why We Love This Sour Patch Grapes Recipe
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. How to Make the Recipe
  6. Tips
  7. Storage Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
  10. Other Easy Snack Recipes
  11. Sour Patch Grapes Recipe

Our Sour Patch Grapes are a bit tart and sweet with a taste that is delightfully tangy and will easily cure any candy craving! Made with just 4 ingredients, who knew a simple frozen grape and gelatin recipe could mimic the iconic Sour Patch Kids fun?

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Chilled Sour Patch Grapes That Taste Like Candy

If you love the puckering punch of Sour Patch Kids candy as it fades into a sweet and chewy sensation, then you MUST make these sour patch grapes! With a little lime and lemon juice plus your favorite flavored gelatin, it is so easy to recreate the taste of sour candy at home.

While these sour patch grapes might make your taste buds tingle, there is a lot of goodness that makes this fun fruity snack a healthier alternative to candy. Packed with antioxidants, these grapes, with their colorful candy coating, are a delicious and “natural” way to crush your craving for a sweet and tangy treat.

Eating them too fast? Try freezing some of the grapes! They are delicious frozen too!

Why We Love This Sour Patch Grapes Recipe

  • Fun and delicious snack to make with kids.
  • Easy, quick, and customizable.
  • Made with only 4 ingredients.
  • Tastes like Sour Patch Kids candy, but a bit healthier!
  • Sweet and tart flavor in every bite.
  • Perfect for parties and after school snacking.
  • Grapes are great refrigerated or frozen!
zoomed in sour patch grapes

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Lime: You can use fresh lime juice or from concentrate for this recipe.
  • Lemon: I like using both lemon and lime when doing this, because it adds an interesting depth of flavor. However, if you don’t have one or the other just substitute the one you do have. It will still be delicious.
  • Jell-O – I used Raspberry powdered gelatin, Lime powdered gelatin, Lemon powdered gelatin, Orange powdered gelatin and Blueberry powdered gelatin. Feel free to change up the flavors or try this Jolly Rancher flavored Jell-o!
  • Green grapes: You could also try this with red grapes! I’m sure they will be tasty as well.
Sour Patch Grapes top view

Substitutions and Additions

  • Powdered gelatin: If you want to try other flavors of gelatin, feel free. You could try watermelon, green apple, strawberry, cherry, etc. The flavors chosen for this recipe are similar to the original Sour Patch flavors.
  • Fruit: Try coating your other favorite fruits, like cotton candy grapes, bite-sized strawberries, pineapple chunks, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or mandarin oranges.
  • Coating Method: While I prefer to use toothpicks to coat my grapes because it is less messy, feel free to use your fingers and roll the grapes in the gelatin powder. This may be quicker, but your fingers will be super sticky! You can also try using a plastic Ziploc storage bag to shake the grapes in each color. Another quick method, but the grapes may not be coated evenly.

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How to Make the Recipe

Pucker up and get your candy fix! Making sour patch grapes is as easy as tossing grapes in tart juice and different flavors of gelatin mix.

  1. Whisk together the lime and lemon juice. Add powdered gelatin to separate bowls.
    lemon juice in 1 bowl and 3 separate bowls with coloured gelatin powder
  2. Stick a toothpick into the top of each grape. Dunk each grape into the liquid mixture and then roll it in the gelatin powder.
    Pro:Tip: You can also coat your grapes by rolling them aound in the Jell-o with your fingers (but your fingers may get a little sticky. You can also shake them up in a ziplock bag, but I found they don’t get as nicely coated!)
    grape dipped in the lemon juice and dipped to the gelatin powder
  3. Continue to dunk and roll each grape, alternating between flavors.
    sour patch grapes with different colour in plates
  4. Refrigerate coated grapes, remove the toothpicks, and enjoy!
    PRO-TIP: You can also freeze the grapes for 2-3 hours!
    sour patch grapes with different colour in bowl

Tips

  • Make sure your grapes are well washed and dried before doing this recipe.
  • The powdered gelatin starts to get wet after repeated dipping, this can make it difficult to fully coat the grapes. If that would bother you, pour less of it into the bowls at the beginning, then switch it out with newer powdered gelatin as it gets wet.
  • If you are experiencing clumps of gelatin mixture when dipping, spoon the powder onto the grapes until they are completely covered.
  • I used a large plate to set the grapes onto after being dipped. This gives your grapes enough space to properly chill in the refrigerator. You could also use a baking sheet or serving tray.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Store in a sealed container, in the fridge, for 1-2 weeks.
  • To Freeze: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. (They are delicious straight out of the freezer!
sour patch grapes

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I store these Sour Patch Grapes?

You can store these sour patch grapes freely in the refrigerator. However, the grapes will start to go bad in about 1-2 weeks, so be sure to eat them before then.

Are sour patch grapes healthy?

Though they are not nearly as healthy as raw grapes, sour patch grapes can still be enjoyed safely in moderation. However, this recipe is not meant to replace the fruits and vegetables in your diet. When comparing to other treats such as donuts, cakes, cookies, chips, ice cream, and more, these sour patch grapes may be a healthier choice. Grapes are overall good for you and are a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Why are my sour patch grapes sticky?

Grapes become sticky if they are too wet when you put them in the gelatin powder. You don’t want them dripping wet. You want them just wet enough that the powder will stick. 

Can I freeze my grapes before coating them?

If you freeze your grapes before coating them, they will have a bit more crunch when eating. I love this idea! You can easily rinse and coat the grapes, then put into freezer bags or portion containers and pop into the freezer for an hour. They can then be stored in the freezer for up to one month to be eaten when convenient.

Why are my sour patch grapes not fully coated with the jello?

It’s pretty normal to have some of the grapes take on the white spots (remember, these are professional photographs, we used the best-looking grapes!) Make sure the grape is completely coated in the lemon/lime juice and then immediately dunk it in the jello. Make sure the juice doesn’t dry before coating and fully coat the grape in the Jell-O.

  • Shallow bowls or cups
  • Toothpicks
sour patch grapes in a plate

Other Easy Snack Recipes

5 from 7 votes
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Sour Patch Grapes

Serves — 6
Tart and sweet with a taste that is delightfully tangy, these sour patch grapes made with just 4 ingredients and will easily cure any candy craving!
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp lime juice (~1 limes)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (~ 1 lemon)
  • ounces raspberry powdered gelatin ½ of a (3 ounce) box
  • ounces lime powdered gelatin ½ of a (3 ounce) box
  • ounces lemon powdered gelatin ½ of a (3 ounce) box
  • ounces orange powdered gelatin ½ of a (3 ounce) box
  • ounces blueberry powdered gelatin ½ of a (3 ounce) box
  • 3 cups green grapes (about 20 ounces)

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl whisk together the lime and lemon juice.
  • Pour the powdered gelatin into separate bowls or small cups.
  • Prepare the grapes by sticking a toothpick into each grape, at the top where the stem used to be attached.
  • Dunk the grapes into the lime and lemon mixture and then roll into the gelatin powder, alternating between flavors (one flavor per grape). You can also spoon on the jello mixture if you prefer.
  • Chill the covered grapes for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator or until completely chilled.
  • Once the grapes are chilled, remove the toothpicks and enjoy!

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
To Store: Store in a sealed container, in the fridge, for 1-2 weeks.
To Freeze: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Tips: 
  • Make sure your grapes are well washed and dried before doing this recipe.
  • The powdered gelatin starts to get wet after repeated dipping, this can make it difficult to fully coat the grapes. If that would bother you, pour less of it into the bowls at the beginning, then switch it out with newer powdered gelatin as it gets wet.
  • If you are experiencing clumps of gelatin mixture when dipping, spoon the powder onto the grapes until they are completely covered.
  • I used a large plate to set the grapes onto after being dipped. This gives your grapes enough space to properly chill in the refrigerator. You could also use a baking sheet or serving tray.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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