Sour Patch Grapes {Leprachaun Candy}

My sister-in-law Ashley told me about an idea she saw on Pinterest for Sour Patch Grapes.  I went out that day and bought what I needed to try them out:  Green grapes and Green Jello.  Since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner I thought it was fitting to call them Leprechaun Candy.  
I’m not usually one to buy sour candy.  Like at the movies, I never buy the Sour Patch Kids or Mike n Ike’s, I buy the chocolate.  But if someone else buys it I’m constantly snitching some.  If it’s around I eat it up, so I knew I’d like these.  They’re a healthier way to get your candy fix! 
These candy grapes are as easy as washing your grapes, rolling them in the jello powder, and letting them chill.  About half way through I got sick of rolling and put the powder in a plastic bag, tossed the grapes in, and shook it until the grapes were completely covered.  Worked great.  

I made these later in the evening to let them refrigerate overnight.  However, in the morning when I went to try some I noticed they were half-gone.  We must have a little Leprachaun living with us {or just a hungry husband looking to satisfy his sweet tooth late at night}.

Sour Patch Grapes {Leprachaun Candy}
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  1. bunch of Green Grapes
  2. 1 pkg Lime Jello
  1. Wash your grapes thoroughly, you want them to be a little wet so the gelatin powder sticks to them.
  2. Place the gelatin powder on a plate and roll grapes into the powder, completely covering. Using two spoons is helpful here. Or you can simply place the powder in a zip lock back, drop a handful of grapes in at a time and shake until covered.
  3. Refrigerate for several hours.
Adapted from PureSugar
Adapted from PureSugar
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  1. Fun! Love this idea.

  2. Perfect idea for St. Patrick’s Day!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I bet they would be good frozen after you roll them in the jello.

  4. Since these are green perfect for St. Paddy’s Day. I use to make these for my kids and daycare kids, and they all loved them. Of course, I used “red” grapes and cherry jello sometimes too. I also freeze them, and they are soooo good on a hot summer day. Sometimes I use the jello, other times I just freeze them. Since my kids and daycare kids are all grown, I still freeze the grapes for me and I just love them!!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea, can’t wait to try. My supermarket has grapes on sale for 88 cents an lb this week. Woo hoo perfect timing!!

  6. yum! This sounds delicious. I wonder what it’d taste like with kool-aid/sugar mix too?? HMMM…

  7. Anonymous says:

    My 9 year old made these today and loves them. Very addictive. We put them in the freezer four a couple of hours to cool quicker. My husband does not like grapes, but liked these. Thanks for the great idea!

  8. yum! these are such a great idea- I havent seen those on pinterest yet!

  9. Anonymous says:

    My mouth is watering just reading it!

  10. Julia Mila says:

    Too Cute! Gonna try this for my 1st grader’s class this week!

  11. What a neat idea I can wait to try them. Thanks~

  12. What a neat idea – cant wait to try them. Thanks for sharing~

  13. So are these sour or just coated like the sour patch kids if that makes sense ha?

  14. Love this idea – how fun!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I have been eating these for years. Green grapes with cherry jello works well for Christmas.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is a great Weight Watchers recipe…just use sugar-free jello. It is delicious!

  17. So are they sour?

    • The jello doesn’t make them that sour, just gives them a candy coating ya know? But since the grapes are kinda tart they remind me of a sour candy.

    • Desarae says:

      Ours were pretty sour. Very similar to a sour patch kid, the first couple bites get the sour glands working but then it just tastes yummy! I didn’t refrigerate mine after making them (we took them to the zoo instead) but the grapes had already been in the fridge so they were cold

  18. Anonymous says:

    These look delicious, but does the Jell-O stain your fingers?

  19. Hello,
    I’m in LOVE with these! I’ve made 3 batches in just a couple of days…which might not be a good sign! I’ve posted about them and linked to this post on my blog:
    I hope that’s okay!

  20. Anonymous says:

    doesnt the jello stain your fingers?

  21. What an awesome idea! Definitely going to try this one!

  22. This looks so interesting! I love Sour Patch Kids so definitely want to try this. Featured it on my blog this week so feel free to grab a button! :) Thanks for sharing!

  23. I froze them … they are delicious frozen!

  24. Anonymous says:

    These are so yummy and, yes, they disapear fast! I tried both…with cherry jello and with lime jello. I used red seedless grapes on both flavors. So yummy!

  25. Just made them. So so good!

  26. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if you could do this with jello and sugar like we used to mix together as kids and dip our fingers in like dip n stix (remember those)? You could control the strength of flavor then I think, mix and match, more variety. I am going to try it and report back!

  27. We made them with sugar free jello much better for ya and u cant taste the difference thanks so much!!

  28. We made ours with sugar free jello lower fat and taste just as good thanks so much!!

  29. Anonymous says:

    How much grapes do you use to how many boxes of jello?

  30. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if you could use mandarin oranges and orange jello?

  31. Anonymous says:

    I made these a few hours ago and to say the least they were AMAZING! These are my new favorite snacks!

  32. Anonymous says:

    I was so excited but then i tried them, and well they just didnt have the sour kick that i love it was way to sweet. i got name brand jello and nice in season grapes too… i was so looking forward to these

  33. Anonymous says:

    What keeps the jello powder from just crumbling off when you mess with the grapes to eat them??

  34. Hi! I found your recipe on Pinterest, and as soon as I read the comments that the grapes don’t have that “zing” that sour patch kids have, I immediately thought KOOL AID!!

    I added half a packet of lemonade flavor Kool Aid to the Jello powder before shaking them in the bag, and they taste EXACTLY like sour patch kids!

    I had to share since you gave me this great idea!

    Enjoy, and thank you!!

  35. We love these – but add some sugar to the jello powder. All summer long my kids loved it!!!

  36. I went with

    I Pack Sugar Free Lime Jello
    ½ of Cherry Lemonade Jello
    Entire Bag of Grapes


  37. These sound awesome!!

  38. Anonymous says:

    Wonder if you could use pixie sticks powder to get more sour flavor/

  39. These sound like such a great alternative to Sour Patch Candies which I love so much. I would love to try them with a mixture of different flavoured jellos – maybe Lemon & Raspberry. Have you tried any other than lime you can recommend?

  40. Anonymous says:

    Ive tried Rassbery and lime. Sp good!

  41. Anonymous says:

    Ive tried these with rasberry and lime. So good!

  42. Anonymous says:

    Yes. I tried strawberry.

  43. Mousejockey72 says:

    These sound like the perfect snack, I’m diabetic and will make them with sugar free jello, also I love frozen green grapes so these will just be that much better!

  44. These were sooooooo good! I did not think I could eat eat an entire bag of grapes solo…but I did. So easy and fun, thanks for sharing! I blogged about it over here:

  45. Michelle says:

    Try the Fusion Jello……this gives them the Sour Patch kick.

  46. Simple, sweet and cute idea to use with the kiddos!

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  48. Made these today! I used green grapes and Berry Blue Jell-O. I added a bit of citric acid (can be found with the canning supplies at Walmart) to make them sour since that’s what gives Sour Patch Kids their punch. At first, the coating wasn’t that great, but I put them in the fridge for a few hours and the coating became slightly crunchy. Delicious! I also made a batch with red grapes covered in 1/2 pink lemonade mix and 1/2 strawberry Kool-Aid. Those were SUPER sour and they didn’t even have the citric acid added. Just some tips if you’re looking for a truly sour version!


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