The fruit with a cult-like following was spotted at Costco and Aldi this week!



By Katlyn Moncada
Updated April 29, 2020

If you loved fluffy cotton candy as a kid, imagine getting the same flavor but in a healthier form. Cotton candy grapes aren't new to the grocery scene (they've been available since 2011), but if you haven't yet tasted this delicious fruit, now is your chance. The produce typically hits grocery stores for just a few weeks mid-August to mid-September, but followers of the cross-bred grapes were thrilled to find them at Costco this week. And lucky for us, fans of the specialty grape tag Instagram posts with #cottoncandygrapes to spread the news when they're back in stock at any retailer. This seems to be a special week in the produce section because the grapes were spotted at Aldi, too.

Courtesy of Grapery

We love eating them out of the container after they've been thoroughly washed, but if you're planning a trip to the grocery store to pick up healthy snack fixings, swing through the produce section to see if there are some cotton candy grapes to add to your cart. The grapes typically retail at $3.99 per pound, which is a bit higher than the usual $2 per pound on the grocer's regular red or white grapes, but we think they're worth the splurge. At Costco, they're being sold in a 3-pound clamshell container priced at $9.99 (or $3.33 per pound).

Bred naturally in California by Grapery, cotton candy grapes contain only 1 gram of sugar more per serving compared to the regular red or white grape. The grower doesn't indicate when each of their specialty grapes is available, but Grapery keeps an online directory that can help you figure out where the fruit are sold. They've been discovered in grocery stores across the country, and they're likely to be at a market near you for a limited time. Whether you're into the idea of a candy-flavored grape or not, we're hoping to snack on them while they're around.


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