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Healthy Sour Candy Frozen Grapes

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October 25, 2021 | Author: Ashley McCrary

These kid-friendly candied grapes are the perfect Sour Patch swap! Satisfy your cravings with healthy green grapes frozen & turned into nostalgic sour candies!

Sour Candy Frozen Grapes

Sour Patch Kids is one of my all-time favorite candies. However, I try to stay away from them because they have so much sugar. Enter healthy green grapes frozen with a Sour Patch twist! I kid you not…these candied grapes taste identical to Sour Patch Kids, but are way healthier! Trust me, I don’t mess around about candy…or my beloved frozen grapes!

With the added crisp from the freezer, these candied grapes are such a delightful, sour treat with a fraction of the carbs & calories. The best part about this recipe is it is 100% kid-friendly. Both of my girls can’t get enough!

This post was originally posted in 2020 and updated in October 2021

frozen candied grapes covered in monk fruit sugar in a ceramic bowl
The monk fruit sugar coats the frozen grapes perfectly! You’d never know it wasn’t real sugar!

Why This Recipe Works

Frozen grapes are delicious on their own. They’re sweet, crunchy, and satisfy that cold dessert craving in a much healthier way. Sometimes, a sweet treat is needed, and I’m a big fan of healthy swaps!

This candied grape recipe works because of the tartness of the green grapes + the lime juice + the monk fruit sweetener = a juicy, Sour Patch knock-off that I cannot live without! Making the grapes frozen adds that “can’t live without this” dessert feeling.

Ingredient Notes/Substitutions

green grapes: I prefer green grapes because their natural tartness goes perfectly with the lime to give these candied grapes that sugary sweet and sour mixture like real Sour Patch Kids. You might also try Cotton Candy grapes, which are green grapes that actually do taste like cotton candy! With Cotton Candy grapes, I imagine these might turn out more like a sour-ish jolly rancher!

monk fruit sweetener: This is my favorite sweetener to use because I feel like it has the closest taste to sugar. It also doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste that most other sweeteners have. It’s 0 carbs and 0 calories and doesn’t have the same effect on your blood sugar as regular sugar does. See my tips below for sweetener swaps.

lime juice: The lime juice in this recipe gives the grapes their sour candy tang. To make your grapes sourer try adding a TrueLime crystallized lime packet to the lime juice or a little citric acid.

How To Make Candied Grapes

Follow these super easy steps to turn regular old grapes into frozen sour candied treats!

Prep

  1. Cover a large baking dish with parchment paper. 
  2. Wash and dry the grapes. 
  3. Place the grapes in a large bowl along with the juice from 2 limes. 
  4. Mix together using a spoon and allow to sit in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer the Monk Fruit sweetener into a medium bowl. 

Make

  1. Remove the grapes from the fridge and roll each one into the monk fruit making sure each grape is completely coated. 
  2. Transfer the coated grapes onto the parchment paper and freeze for 2-3 hours.
  3. Enjoy your new favorite way to eat grapes: frozen, candied, and sour!
a little kid reaching out to grab a sour candy grape out of a ceramic bowl
Sweet baby Nora snuck her little hand in the shoot to grab a bite of her new favorite sour patch grapes, frozen to perfection!

Peachy Tips & Tricks

Freezer: Keep your finished sour candied grapes frozen until you’re ready to eat them. Make sure not to thaw them out! You can store them in the freezer for up to one month for optimal freshness.

Kid-friendly: I add these frozen grapes to portioned baggies and allow my girls to go out to the freezer and grab a bag for a mid-afternoon treat. They feel like they’re eating candy, but mama knows that nasty sugar rush won’t follow! They literally call them Sour Patch grapes. I love it!

Other Sweeteners: Many readers ask if they can use something other than Monkfruit for these candies. Yes! Here are some other sweeteners that will work:

sour patch frozen grapes in a bowl on a white counter
Green grapes frozen with fresh lime juice enhance the tartness to give that sour patch candy feel without all the carbs!

Common Reader Questions

Healthy Sour Candy Frozen Grapes: FAQs

What can I do to make these frozen candied grapes sourer?

Try adding a TrueLime crystallized lime packet to the lime juice or a little citric acid. That should make your candied grapes pretty sour!

Can I make these candied grapes with Jello?

Many people make these grapes frozen with Jello or Corn Syrup, however, I prefer to make them without added sugar, which is why I use monk fruit sweetener.

Will using green Cotton Candy grapes make these less healthy?

Actually, no! Cotton Candy grapes still have all the health benefits of regular green grapes, and only 12% more sugar. They’re still a healthy option for this sour candy!

Help! I love the idea of candied grapes frozen, but I don’t like sour candy!

If you’re not a fan of sour candy and can’t stand the idea of your grapes sour, or if you want more of a mild sour taste, use equal parts water and lime juice. If you want no sour at all, you can make a simple syrup from the monk fruit (equal parts sugar and water on the stove) and then let it cool. Follow the same instructions as the lime above once cooled.

How many calories are in these candies?

For a 1/2 cup of my sour candied grapes, there are only 67 calories! Compared to 110 calories in just 12 pieces of Sour Patch Kids, these really are the healthier option!

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    Sour Candy Frozen Grapes

    These kid-friendly candied grapes are the perfect Sour Patch swap! Satisfy your cravings with healthy green grapes frozen & turned into nostalgic sour candies! Paleo & Family-Friendly!

    • Total Time: 2 hours
    • Yield: 4 cups 1x

    Ingredients

    Scale
    • 4 cups green grapes (cleaned)
    • 3/4 cup Monk Fruit Sweetener (granulated)
    • 2 limes, juiced

    Instructions

    1. Cover a large baking dish with parchment paper. 
    2. Clean and dry the grapes. 
    3. Place in a large bowl along with the juice from 2 limes. 
    4. Mix together using a spoon and allow to sit in the fridge for 10 minutes. 
    5. Transfer the Monk Fruit sweetener into a medium bowl. 
    6. Remove the grapes from the fridge and roll each one into the monk fruit making sure each grape is completely coated. 
    7. Transfer the coated grapes onto the parchment paper and freeze for 2-3 hours.
    8. Enjoy!
    • Author: Ashley McCrary
    • Prep Time: 5 minutes
    • Category: Snack/Dessert
    • Method: Freezer
    • Cuisine: American

    Nutrition

    • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
    • Calories: 67
    • Sugar: 12
    • Sodium: 2.7
    • Carbohydrates: 18
    • Protein: 0.8

    Keywords: Candied Grapes, Sour Patch Grapes, Frozen Grapes, Sour Candy Frozen Grapes, Healthy Recipes, Paleo

    38 thoughts on "Healthy Sour Candy Frozen Grapes"

    1. Christy says:

      Such a simple and yummy idea! I ended up eating more of them as I was making them 😋

      1. Ashley McCrary says:

        Thank you so much.

      2. Andrea says:

        I’m excited to try this, I have had the jello ones and they are nice, but these sound better (and won’t dye your fingers red!) My question is with the TrueLime or the Citric acid… Won’t putting that on it cover where the sweetener is supposed to go? Like if you put on TL or CA powder the grape will no longer be limey wet. Am I wrong? How do you do it?

        (Ps- your blog visually is a real stunner. I love your fonts and layout!)

        1. Ashley McCrary says:

          You can mix the True Lime or citric acid with the monk fruit then add it to the grapes. Thanks so much

    2. Leah Dreussi says:

      Thanks for such a fun and tasty recipe! My girls and I loved making and eating these. We doubled the batch a shared with their cousins. They are obsessed with both fruit and sour patch kids so I love having a healthy treat to give them this summer!

    3. Angela says:

      YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE! 🙂 Wow! These are amazing!! I had to comment, because I am so grateful. I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis among some other health problems, and I know when I eat a lot of processed sugar I have so many flare ups.
      It’s a process trying to cut out sugar as well as gluten and some other big triggers for me. During this quarantine I have been emotionally eating A LOT. It’s been so hard. And one of those comfort foods? SOUR PATCH KIDS! They have comforted me since childhood – always a grab when I was at the movies, a gift from a friend ’cause I loved them so much, or just a treat for myself when I wanted. So – they bring up all these nostalgic good memories. When my naturopath asked about my diet I was honest and told her my addictions to Sour Patch & some other processed things 😛 She told me to look online and guaranteed there is a DIY for my addictive snacks that is healthier and still yummy.
      I had to look and am so glad I did, because these taste SO CLOSE to the original. So now if I feel like emotionally eating I will remember this recipe again as I feel completely guilt-free and no flare ups after!! And even brings back some good memories since it tastes so close :). I don’t know how you did it, but thank you thank you thank you!
      I also wanted extra sour for mine and so I sprinkled lime juice on top of some of them before freezing to see what it would do and it formed a little frozen puddle of lime juice and the sweetener & I dipped the ones that the sweetener got washed off into it as it melted 🙂 hehe, just thought I would share. I’m excited to receive your updates! Much love, gratitude, & blessings to you during this challenging time – I hope the your food-expertise is also helping you through!!! <3

      1. Ashley McCrary says:

        This is so great. Happy to hear you loved them. Thank you

    4. Leah says:

      Sounds amazing! I know my 4 year old will love these and have fun making. I bet they would be extra sour if I sprinkled some citric acid on top! Yum!

      1. Ashley McCrary says:

        Yes, that is a great idea!

      2. Andrea says:

        These look great and better (and cleaner) than the jello ones! But she brings up citric acid, would rolling it in that first make it so the monk fruit sugar no longer has a place to stick) (same with the truLemom drink mix) what did you guys do?

        Can’t wait to try!

    5. Malak says:

      Hi! what can I replace the monk fruit sweetener with? Can I use stevia or brown sugar?

      1. Ashley McCrary says:

        You could use any of those!

    6. Kim says:

      Do these have to stay in the freezer until you’re ready to consume? Or how do you store what you’re not eating right away? Thanks for the fun idea!!

      1. Ashley McCrary says:

        Yes, just keep them in the freezer. 😉

    7. Sierra says:

      Would it be ok to substitute the monk fruit with allulose? Thank you! 😊

      1. Ashley McCrary says:

        Absolutely!

    8. Diana Gish says:

      Have you considered shaking clean grapes in powdered Jell-O before freezing? Eat while frozen because Jell-O gets globby.

      1. Ashley McCrary says:

        I have heard other people doing that. I wanted to keep mine Paleo, so that is why I used Monk Fruit.

    9. Natalie says:

      These were amazing! Such a good treat when craving a sweet. Thank you!

      1. Ashley McCrary says:

        Yay! So happy that you loved them!

    10. Ann F says:

      Could you mix some citric acid in with the monk fruit sweetener?

      1. Ashley McCrary says:

        For sure!

    11. Melanie Herring says:

      Would granulated xylitol be a good sweetener for this recipe? I bought a big bag to make toothpaste and need to use it!

      1. Ashley McCrary says:

        Hi Melanie,

        I’m sure any personal sweetener of choice would work. Let me know who that worked for you. Thanks for your kind support.

    12. Sara says:

      What are some other options to coat these with? We have to stay super clean and stay away from preservatives.

      Thanks,

      Sara

      PS- I have really enjoyed making recipes from your cookbook!

      1. Ashley McCrary says:

        Monk Fruit that I used to coat the grapes is a natural sweetener and does not contain preservatives. If you don’t want to use that you can use real sugar or cane sugar. Thank you also for buying my cookbook 😉


     

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