One sunny afternoon, as I strolled through the farmer’s market, the vibrant colors and sweet aroma of fresh grapes caught my attention.
It was in that moment, surrounded by nature’s bounty, that an idea sparked. I thought, “Why not take these luscious grapes and turn them into a treat that’s not only delicious but also a work of art?”
And so, this tutorial was born from a passion to transform ordinary grapes into extraordinary delights. I’m here to guide you through every step, sharing the wisdom gained from my kitchen escapades.
- Fresh grapes
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 1.5 cups of light corn syrup
- Chef Master’s neon blue food coloring (or color of your choice)
- LorAnn Oils tropical punch flavor (or flavor of your choice)
- Cherry Mix
- Blue Raspberry Blend
Let’s get started
Choosing the Perfect Grapes:
I always get my grapes from the farmer’s market; they’re a bit larger and have that fresh, juicy taste. Initially, I experimented with frozen grapes, but trust me, it didn’t end well. They thawed out, becoming soft and soggy. Lesson learned – stick to fresh grapes for the best results.
After grabbing your fresh grapes, give them a good rinse and pat them dry. Pro tip: Use longer toothpicks for prepping; it saves your fingers from sticky situations!
Introducing Candy Sugar Candy Toppings:
Before we jump into the recipe, let me introduce my new product – Candy Sugar Candy Toppings. Available in seven flavors, this candy sugar mixture is a delightful blend of Nerds and chopped Jolly Ranchers. Perfect for candied fruit, especially our star today – candied grapes.
In this video, I showcase the Cherry Mix and the Blue Raspberry Blend. Ordering information is in the description box below. Plus, I’ll be adding a special touch with gummies, creating a value-packed package for just eight to nine dollars.
Mastering the Candy Grape Recipe:
Now, let’s dive into the recipe. For the candy coating, you’ll need two cups of sugar, one cup of water, and one and a half cups of light corn syrup. Adjusting the corn syrup helps thicken the mixture, extending the shelf life of your candy grapes.
Adding a few drops of Chef Master’s neon blue coloring, the candy mixture gets its vibrant hue. Watch out for overcooking – I recommend reaching 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking beyond this can alter the color and taste, as demonstrated in the video.
Avoiding Common Pitfalls:
Overcooking can turn your candy mixture turquoise and leave a burnt taste. Adding extra coloring won’t fix it, and the mixture will thicken. It’s crucial to find that sweet spot at 300 degrees for the perfect candy coating.
Introducing the tropical punch flavor (LorAnn Oils), the candy mixture stays true to its vibrant blue color. It coats the grapes beautifully, offering a sweet and sour taste that’s just right.
Prepping and Storing:
After coating the grapes, freeze them to preserve their freshness. Freezing after dipping prevents the sugar from breaking down when the grapes return to room temperature. To tackle leaks, add more candy powder to the grapes. Package them, freeze until ready for delivery, and keep them on ice for that extra freshness.
What’s the purpose of adding gummies to the packaging, and can I customize the gummy selection?
The gummies in the packaging add a delightful variety to the candy grapes. You can absolutely customize the selection based on your preferences. Gummy worms, bears, and rings work well to complement the sweetness of the grapes.
Can I use different flavors for the candy coating, or is the tropical punch flavor essential?
While the tutorial showcases the tropical punch flavor, you’re welcome to experiment with other flavors. LorAnn Oils offers a variety of oil-based flavors that can add a unique twist to your candy grapes. Feel free to get creative!
How long do the candy grapes last, and what’s the best way to store them?
When stored properly, candy grapes can last longer. Freezing them after dipping helps maintain their freshness. It’s recommended to package them well, adding extra candy powder if needed to prevent leaks. Keep them in the freezer until ready for consumption or delivery.