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Are There Any Types of Fruit That Taste like Candy?

Consumers who want to taste grapes with a different flavor are in luck. Horticulturists in charge of fruit breeding at International Fruit Genetics in California have created a new hybridized species that tastes remarkably like cotton candy, by cross-breeding a Concord-type grape with a variety of Vitis vinifera, a common grape sold in grocery stores around the country. Grown commercially by the California vineyard Grapery, the resulting fruit is a sugary-sweet hybrid that has 12 percent more sugar than typical store-bought grapes.

Can we peel you a grape?

  • “When you go to the supermarket there's, like, 15 kinds of apples,” explained horticulturist David Cain. “We want to give consumers the same array of flavors for grapes.”

  • Researchers are also breeding hybrid grapes that taste like strawberries, pineapples, and mangoes, but it can take 10 years or more to create a new grape. A gumball-flavored grape is expected to be the next new flavor to hit store shelves.

  • Cotton Candy grapes cost about $6 USD per pound -- more than twice the price of most seedless grapes.

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anon998685
Post 3

Seems like a lot of of sugar and a lot of money for grapes. I would think the only ones would really like these cotton candy grapes would be the kids.

iggy39
Post 2

The cost seems expensive but what goes into making a product like this probably is expensive. Although I wouldn't buy them. I just want to tell you that I think your articles are awesome. Keep up the good work. I haven't had the time to search on your site but I have done so before. Thank you so much for putting all this info out to people like me.

anon998678
Post 1

I want a grape to taste like a grape.

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