People say they're even better than cotton candy grapes!

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At this point in 2021, you may still be holding fast to your pledge to swap out sweets for more fruits and vegetables instead. It's a noble challenge, undertaken during some of the toughest times. If you've made it this far with such a resolution, I'd say that earns you the right to exploit a loophole every now and then. 

In this case, that means picking up a whole lot of something that technically is a fruit, but has candy right there in the name. I'm talking about a big ol' bunch of Candy Snaps grapes for sale at Costco, the home of all things massive and indulgent. According to an Instagram post from the @Costcosisters (part of an ever-expanding universe of Costco-focused Instagram accounts), these candy grapes are sold in a three-pound package for $8, meeting the unofficial Costco mandate of making tasty things cheap and plentiful. 

So what are Candy Snaps grapes? Think of them as a red cousin of cotton candy grapes. In both cases, the grapes were specifically engineered for their sweetness. In the case of Candy Snaps grapes, that involved "removing the grape embryos and growing them in individual test tubes." So while you won't find them growing on a wild vine, they're still grapes at the end of the day. 

A statement from Andy Higgins, CEO of International Fruit Genetics, explains where Candy Snaps™ are sold and when you can expect them in stores:

"Regarding its availability, Candy Snaps™ is an early season table grape variety, and it will start showing up on shelves first from Mexico in April/May followed by the U.S. in July and so on. In the U.S., Candy Snaps™ is exported to the following retailers:

  • Costco Wholesale
  • Sam’s Club
  • Wakefern Food Corp.
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Ahold Delhaize brand of stores
  • Kroger
  • Topco
  • Hy-Vee"

If comments in response to the @Costcosisters are any indication, it sounds like these are at least as good if not even better than their green cotton candy counterparts. That's good news for anyone turned off by tart grapes, or for those who just want something sweet while also at least feeling like they're healthy. After all, they are still grapes.