And these are the what happens when you put it all together. "These cotton candy grapes really do taste like cotton candy! What a fun, healthy way to enjoy everyone's favorite flavor from the fair," the package says.
The cotton candy grapes were made by a company called the Grapery in Kern County, California. They may look different, but they're known to taste similar to the traditional grapes you're used to. The grapes are so large it can take two bites to eat them. People were initially turned off by the word "finger" being in something that they were eating, so sometimes the grapes are called tear drop grapes.
The cotton candy grapes were an entire decade in the making. Jack Pandol is the Grapery chairman, and dreams up ideas for unique grapes. ""It is the leading edge of a whole new paradigm in table grape production. Unusual flavors, great flavors," he says of the cotton candy grape.
The grapes are popping up in droves in grocery stores everywhere. Jim Beagle, the CEO and the owner of the Grapery, says that cotton candy grapes are just the beginning. There are all sort of new grape flavors being tested at their facilities.
“We have things we're testing that are coming out this year and next year, that when people taste them side-by-side with Cotton Candy, some of these things are far more popular," said Beagle. Some of these are rumored to be raspberry lemonade grapes, or gummy bear grapes.
People are going crazy from eating the grapes. According to very report, they really do taste like cotton candy. "It's fruit that tastes like candy," says one reviewer. Every time someone tries one, they're stunned by the flavor. Thanks, Grapery, for making eating grapes even better than it already was.
There are some products on the table at the Grapery that are "so new we haven't even had time to name them yet." They say that once they get more consumer feedback, they'll make final decisions on the grapes. If the cotton candy grapes are any indicator, that won't take too long.
Professional chef Spencer Graytaste tested the grapes and came away with rave reviews. When it pops in your mouth, the first impression is a rush of cotton candy flavor. The green grapes don't look or smell like cotton candy, but they will remind you of a circus."
These delicious little fruits are already halfway through their season, so to try them for yourself you're going to have to act fast. Grapery's website conveniently informs you where the grapes are available by state. Most popular chains like Whole Foods, Ralphs, and Sam's Club carry have hopped on the trend and carry the grapes.
"You know, there's a reason that when you go to a store down the aisle, that half the candy in the aisle is fruit flavored. Because that's what fruit should taste like," Beagle described of the grapes. But now the shoe's on the other foot — grapes that taste like candy, not candy that tastes like grapes. That's a lot happier of an option for our diets.
Fruit geneticist David Cain cross pollinates the grapes in his lab, teaming with the Grapery. "It's like going fishing or something -- you never know what you're going to get," Cain said when describing what it was like to experiment with the grapes. We think this whole thing is a grape idea (sorry, couldn't resist.)