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No. 0     Original Topic:  Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Aug 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM   Viewed 14845 times     
The gal at the checkout asked me if I'd like a free sample. "Sure," I said, thinking she was putting me on. Popped one in my mouth and did a double-take - yep, the bag says 'Cotton Candy Grapes'. "They're pretty good," I said. "How much are they"?

"$3.99 a pound."

"Pass," I said.

Walked out to my pickup, loaded up my purchases, and 5 min. later found myself back in the produce store buying a bag for $10.81.





The bag (barely) lasted 2 days. Yesterday I bought another.

Heard they are also good frozen so going to try that next.
No. 1     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 100   on  Aug 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM     
I will have to look for them.. I have buying some amazing grapes this summer. But none that have tasted like cotton candy.
No. 2     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  jadefox   Gender: F   Age: 55   on  Aug 25, 2014 at 5:18 PM     
The superstore where I do much of my shopping was handing out samples of those earlier this summer.

They are very tasty, and melted in my mouth!

I wasn't going to buy some, and then did a double take like you did.

But at (was it $4.99 a lb, or $5.99 a lb?) I bought some sweet purple grapes instead, and fancied saving a couple of dollars.

But they sure are yummy!

And very seasonal. Your buying them when you did may be the only chance you'll get this summer.



No. 3     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Curtis   Gender: M   Age: 51   on  Aug 25, 2014 at 5:54 PM     
I picked up two bags this past week. They are good!

They come in green and red


Curt,
No. 4     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  texascowgirl283   Gender: F   Age: 48   on  Aug 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM     
well it certainly has an interesting ring to it doesn't it lol. I don't eat grapes so I guess that's why I have never heard of cotton candy grapes. However, I'm a major lover of cotton candy so if I can find some I may try it just because of the cotton candy flavor. Should all stores have them or is it just a specific few? Walmart? Winn-Dixie, sams club or where can I find them.
No. 5     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Gary208   Gender: M   Age: 66   on  Aug 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM     
Must be psychological.

Cotton Candy is made from pure sugar and food coloring.
It is very rare to find a Flavored Cotton Candy, although flavored Cotton Candy does exist.
In other words, Cotton Candy smells like heated Sugar.

Cotton Candy is just the name of a sweeter hybrid of white and red (Muskatel) grapes.

I will admit, it's a Clever Name to give the hybrid!



No. 6     Reply: Re: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 100   on  Aug 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM     
Gary208 wrote:

Must be psychological.

Cotton Candy is made from pure sugar and food coloring.
It is very rare to find a Flavored Cotton Candy, although flavored Cotton Candy does exist.
In other words, Cotton Candy smells like heated Sugar.

Cotton Candy is just the name of a sweeter hybrid of white and red (Muskatel) grapes.

I will admit, it's a Clever Name to give the hybrid!



I need to see if I can find some and see. I know we have gotten some really sweet grapes. Large juicy seedless green ones as well as some reds. Maybe I can pretend I am eating a dark chocolate snickers... YUM!
No. 7     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  listenandhear   Gender: F   Age: 57   on  Aug 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM     
:goodpost:
No. 8     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  jadefox   Gender: F   Age: 55   on  Aug 28, 2014 at 8:13 AM     
Okay, I got taken in myself.

Was at the store two days ago after reading this post. There was a new batch of green seedless cotton candy grapes on a table, for $3.99 lb.

The regular green sweet grapes were $1.99 lb.

I'm usually frugal and go for the lower priced grapes. Until... I did the taste test.

I tried a green grape, then the cotton candy variety.

After eating a cotton candy grape, the green ordinary grape had no taste at all. It just tasted sweet, if that, but not even like a grape lol.

Now what is going on, I wondered?

So I traded a small bag of the one for the other, and paid double. :rolleyes:

But they sure are delicious!

:cloud9:

No. 9     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Aug 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM     
I froze 5 of them, and then ate them. Wasn't impressed, but I certainly will stick with the fresh product!
No. 10     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Aug 28, 2014 at 8:24 PM     
Okay ... I have to ask ...

Does " cotton candy " grapes cause " popcorn " farts ? ( Just being funny )

No. 11     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  jadefox   Gender: F   Age: 55   on  Aug 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM     
Picked up some more of these at the grocery store today. Man handing out samples there said they're only here for about two weeks during summer.

From what I understand, they've been "invented" by a California farmer, who started marketing them just last summer.

They haven't caught on yet with other farmers. But as good as they are, I imagine they will soon enough.



No. 12     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 101   on  Sep 10, 2015 at 3:50 PM     
Ok. FINALLY I found them. $3.99 a pound like you said. but they REALLY do taste like cotton candy. I had to get them, at least this one time so Dan can try them. It was the last bag they had too.

:2thumbs:
No. 13     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Sep 10, 2015 at 5:06 PM     
Thanks for reminder - I need to get to the store.
No. 14     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 101   on  Sep 10, 2015 at 6:42 PM     
well, he liked them.. didn't love them. I kinda loved them.


They also had these specialty grapes called "moon drops" They are black, seedless narrow, oblong, and about an inch long. they were $3.99 a pound too. I got some of those as well. Those he liked a lot. Very sweet and crisp.

No. 15     Reply: Re: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 101   on  Sep 10, 2015 at 6:50 PM     
Gary208 wrote:

Must be psychological.

Cotton Candy is made from pure sugar and food coloring.
It is very rare to find a Flavored Cotton Candy, although flavored Cotton Candy does exist.
In other words, Cotton Candy smells like heated Sugar.

Cotton Candy is just the name of a sweeter hybrid of white and red (Muskatel) grapes.

I will admit, it's a Clever Name to give the hybrid!





Nope.. the taste is real... they honestly taste like cotton candy.. not sure why or how... but I popped one with great skepticism and was shocked that they tasted just like cotton candy.
No. 16     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  texascowgirl283   Gender: F   Age: 49   on  Sep 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM     
I am unable to find them.
No. 17     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Grace595   Gender: F   Age: 55   on  Sep 10, 2015 at 8:06 PM     
Gary makes very valid points.

Personally, I will stay far away from anything that has been altered from its natural makeup. I would definitely have to research this to find any viability in the product. Seedless grapes already give me the creeps and I have hardly bought any and only because there seems to be nothing available with seeds any more.

I have been doing a great deal of research and reading a lot of labels. This reminds me of Pinnacle Cotton Candy Vodka. The cotton candy flavor is from "natural flavors" which have been added to the vodka.

Please allow me a moment to offer some truth:

Natural Flavors…

The name sounds innocent enough, but these mild-sounding words are used by the food industry as an umbrella term for some pretty horrible stuff, including certain ingredients that come from extreme animal abuse.

The exact definition of natural flavors from the Code of Federal Regulations is as follows:

“The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”

When the phrase ‘natural flavors’ appears on a package, the best move is to call the company and find out what the flavors are actually made from. Of course, I say this assuming that we’re all the kind of people who would be horrified to find out that we might have come close to ingesting fluid from the sex glands of beavers.

Think that sounds absurd? Then you must not have heard of castoreum, which is “used extensively in perfumery and has been added to food as a flavor ingredient for at least 80 years.”

SOURCE: care2.com

Maybe these grapes are not quite this bad, but we need to be on guard against some of the crazy stuff proposed to us as food.
No. 18     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 101   on  Sep 10, 2015 at 8:21 PM     
yes, we need to be on guard for sure. over not just what we eat.. but what we drink and even the air we breathe.

But, have no fear cotton candy grape lovers. It's not a GMO experiment but rather the result of good old-fashioned plant breeding techniques.

They aren’t genetically modified but are rather the product of years of cross-pollination among varieties to create uniquely sweet bunches.

Nothing artificial or dangerous about these grapes.

adding: I found this:

can a fruit that tastes like candy really be healthy? Beagle says they have “slightly more sugar” than a typical grape, but are still in the range of normal.
Amy Shapiro, a registered dietitian and nutritionist and founder of Real Nutrition NYC in the Flatiron, agrees. She says that because Cotton Candy grapes aren’t genetically modified, “they definitely have the anti-oxidants, the water, the fiber content and the anti-inflammatory properties” of less sweet varieties. But she recommends any grape “with a bit of hesitation” to clients — “only because people like them so much [that they eat too many],” she says.
No. 19     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 101   on  Sep 10, 2015 at 9:00 PM     
Interesting. But I have never ever liked cotton candy. Not even as a kid. Maybe tried it twice in my life.
No. 20     Reply: Re: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Sep 10, 2015 at 11:33 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

Interesting. But I have never ever liked cotton candy. Not even as a kid. Maybe tried it twice in my life.


Yup, and momma probably gave you prune juice every day to make you big and strong...:tongue:
No. 21     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 48   on  Sep 10, 2015 at 11:44 PM     
I've never cared for cotton candy either other than the smell of it (it's pure sugar).

I would beg for it at fairs and never finish it as it was the same as eating sugar to me.

Storm -- I loved plums, btw! (isn't a prune a dried plum)? My grandfather grew them in his orchard.

No. 22     Reply: Re: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 101   on  Sep 10, 2015 at 11:51 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

I loved plums, btw! (isn't a prune a dried plum)?



True. Strange thing is I love plums, but not prunes by far.
No. 23     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Sep 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM     
Ok, I picked up a bag. Summer may now end.
No. 24     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Aug 26, 2016 at 9:54 PM     
It's that time of the year again, folks.

Was at the fruit store today and didn't see them, so asked the checkout gal if they had them this year. She pointed to the grapes right next to the cash register. Duh.

Interestingly, she said the season was almost over for them (it usually only lasts for 2 weeks) but just now when I checked the dates on this thread for the last 2 years, we should be in the middle of the season. Maybe she really meant that, but got to say they didn't have much.

Price has gone up to $4.86/lb. It was $3.99 before.

- from Stormchaser...munching his cotton-candy grapes at the moment.
No. 25     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  jadefox   Gender: F   Age: 57   on  Aug 27, 2016 at 7:02 AM     
They had them at my supermarket several weeks back. Because of the $3.99 price tag this year (still lower than when I bought them two years ago,) I passed and bought the $1.99 grapes instead.

Now they're gone from the store. Their growing season is so short, I'd forgot that until re-reading this thread. Guess I won't expect to see them again before next summer.

White peaches are incredibly delicious, if you'd like something sweeter than green grapes.

No. 26     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 64   on  Aug 31, 2017 at 9:48 PM     
They're back, and $5/lb. I bought one pound, and as much as I like them, that will probably be it.
No. 27     Reply: Re: Cotton Candy Grapes???   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 1, 2017 at 8:16 AM     
They sound good, but I do not like cotton candy.