Champagne Candied Grapes

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These Champagne Candied Grapes are a perfect snack any time of the year- a cool snack for summer, a pretty snack for the holidays, and a great boozy treat for New Year’s. The sour flavor of the grapes makes a perfect balance with their sugary exterior.

Tempting champagne candy grapes ready for the new year.

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Twelve Grapes: A Hispanic New Year’s Tradition

Did you know that in Spain and many Latin American countries, it’s tradition to eat twelve grapes when counting down to midnight on New Year’s? There is a belief that eating twelve grapes (all within one minute!) will bring luck for each of the twelve months of the coming year. This comes from late 19th century Spain, when the Alicante province had a surplus of grapes and came up with a new tradition in order to market them.

Why This Frozen Candied Grapes Recipe is a Keeper

This tiktok trend is so popular all the kids love this recipe. This bite-sized sweet and tart treat tastes just like Jolly Rancher hard candy for adults! There are lots of reasons to make candied grapes, including:

  • Great for Parties: These festive and elegant candy grapes are perfect for a classy gathering. These candied grapes are a fun and tasty tradition.
  • Easy Prep: This easy recipe for champagne grapes only take 15 minutes to prepare.
  • Versatile: In addition to serving these frozen grapes at a variety of functions, you can make them with different kinds of champagne, or different varieties of grapes.

If you’re looking for more fruit appetizer recipes, try these: Marshmallow Fluff Fruit Dip, Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, 2 Ingredient Fudge, and Strawberry Jell-o Salad.

Why Are Candied Grapes So Sweet?

A white bowl of the treat.

These candied frozen grapes are a delicious treat, soaked in champagne and coated two times in sugar. Of course, you can use tart grapes to balance the flavor more, but the sugar coating will definitely make these grapes very sweet!

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Ingredient Needed to Make Candied Grapes

Here are some of the key ingredients you need for this delicious candy grapes recipe:

  • Champagne: Grapes are coated with champagne which will give your grapes a subtle alcoholic flavor. Use any variety that you’d like.
  • Grapes: Green seedless grapes, but you can use both red grapes and green grapes. Red and green or even purple make a great presentation.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions to Make Candy Grapes Recipe

  • Non Alcoholic: Kids will love a non-alcoholic variety of this sweet and sour snack. Just substitute grape juice for the champagne.
  • Coloring: For a pop of color, dye sugar with food coloring. You can also use your favorite flavor of Kool-aid powder or Jello powder; watermelon and green apple flavors will work well for the fun dip.

How to Make Frozen Grapes  Step-By-Step

These champagne candy grapes will add a wonderful flair to your New Year’s party! Here are the steps to making the perfect sweet treat:

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These are the basic steps for making champagne candied grapes. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Pouring the champagne over the grapes and coating them in sugar.

Step 1: Wash the Grapes

Make sure to rinse the seedless grapes well. Then, in a medium bowl, pour the champagne over the clean grapes. Afterwards, cover the bowl and store them in the fridge or in an airtight container. Let them sit for 12 hours to chill.

Step 2: Remove Grapes and Roll the Grapes

Place half of the granulated sugar in a small bowl, then remove the grapes from the fridge. Use a slotted spoon to scoop the grapes out of the champagne and let them drain but grapes are wet. Roll and dip the grapes in the sugar.

Step 3: Coat in Sugar in the Sugar Mixture

Coat about 10 grapes in the sugar at a time, making sure they’re completely coated. Place coated grapes onto a plate lined with parchment paper, in a single layer making sure not to pile them on top of one another.

Step 4: Second Coating and Place Grapes in the Freezer

Once the sugar begins to clump and no longer sticks to the grapes, toss it and coat the grapes in a second covering using the remaining sugar. Store them in the freezer bag and freeze for two hours, or until completely frozen. After freezing, place the grapes on a plate to thaw and use toothpicks to serve and enjoy this fun treat!

Recipe FAQs for this Favorite Grapes

Cut one grape open using a knife and examine the interior. If the grape is solid all the way through, the rest are likely ready to serve.

No champagne? You can soak the grapes in prosecco, rosé, or white wine.

To double or half this candied grapes recipe, just increase or decrease the ingredients proportionally.

A top view of the champagne candied grapes.

Expert Tips and Tricks for Making Candy Coated Champagne Grapes

The flavor variation of the tartness of the grape and the sweetness of the sugar will satisfy your sweet tooth with every bite. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this new recipe. Some tips and tricks to make candy grapes even more fun:

  • Skewers: If your grapes are a little softer, you can serve them on fruit kebab skewers with apples, pears, etc.
  • Different Fruits: If you like these champagne grapes, try making this recipe with different fruits, like cherries or berries.
  • Extra Sugar: Instead of tossing your extra champagne infused sugar, you can use it in baking and confectionery.
  • Sugar Substitute: For a somewhat healthier option, you’ll want to use sugar-free Jello mix to add flavoring to the plain grapes.
Tempting champagne candy grapes ready for the new year.
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Champagne Candied Grapes

Yield: 2 Cups
Prep: 15 minutes
Rest/Freeze Time: 14 hours
Total: 14 hours 15 minutes
These Champagne Candied Grapes are a perfect snack any time of the year- a cool snack for summer, a pretty snack for the holidays, and the perfect boozy treat for New Year’s. The tartness of the grapes pairs perfectly with their sugary exterior.
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • Champagne
  • 2 Cups Green Grapes
  • ½ Cup White Granulated Sugar

Instructions

  • Wash grapes well.
  • Place your grapes in a medium bowl and pour the champagne over them until they’re just covered.
  • Cover and place in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
  • Place half the sugar in a small bowl.
  • Remove the grapes from the fridge and using a slotted spoon, scoop them out, let them drain, and place them in the sugar.
  • Toss 10 or fewer grapes in the sugar. Get the grapes nice and coated before placing them on a plate, making sure not to pile them on top of each other.
  • When your sugar starts to get clumpy and doesn’t coat the grapes well, toss it and replace it with the remaining sugar.
  • Place in the freezer once finished coating in sugar, and let freeze for 2 hours, or until frozen through.
  • Remove, serve, and enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • Skewers: If your grapes are a little softer, you can serve them on fruit kebab skewers with apples, pears, etc.
  • Different Fruits: If you like these champagne grapes, try making this recipe with different fruits, like cherries or berries.
  • Extra Sugar: Instead of tossing your extra champagne infused sugar, you can use it in baking and confectionery.
  • Sugar Substitute: For a somewhat healthier option, you’ll want to use sugar-free Jello mix to add flavoring to the plain grapes.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 73g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American

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