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Aug 14, 2013 07:18 AM

Anyone tried or seen the "Cotton Candy" grapes in L.A.?

I don't know if these would be interesting or just awful? But I'd enjoy trying them at least once to find out.

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  1. At least it appears to be a "natural" (cultivate) flavor rather than the (somewhat delicious) abomination that is the Grapple.

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    1. re: PeterCC

      Breeding always tells, at least with plants...

    2. It surprisingly tasted very much like cotton candy. Not being sarcastic... it tasted more like cotton candy than a grape. Someone I work with got them at the Gelson's in Calabasas.

      I guess it's worth saying that it's not my favorite grape. I don't mind some acidity.

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      1. re: andytseng

        Thanks for posting about trying them out. Maybe I'll go over to my local Gelson's and see if they have them.

        I just had some large green seedless grapes I bought at Ralph's (not this variety) and they were so very, very sweet. Was this variety even sweeter than normal? Or is it just the cotton candy taste that makes them unusual?

        1. re: Servorg

          Very sweet and the cotton candy taste compounds that. I guess I may have had concords that were sweeter. Definitely look for it. It's quite intriguing.

          1. re: Servorg

            I think Sprouts is your best bet as they're $2.99 a pound. Among the sweetest green grapes I've eaten, but it's not like it clearly surpasses the best regular grapes ever,

        2. They used to be available at Sprouts, but I didn't see them last year.

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          1. re: attran99

            I bought them today at a Sprouts in San Diego. Gotta say, I just tasted "sweet," but not cotton candy. However, I haven't had cotton candy in decades, so maybe I just forgot that taste.

          2. I haven't tried them, but my friend is a fan too. She got them at the Gelson's in Century City.

            1. No, but I did see [at Gelson's] grapes they called "Witch's Fingers".

              Each grape was finger shaped. About 1.2 to 2 inches long, about 1/4 to 3/8 across.

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                1. re: Servorg

                  Yes, I have. Gelson's has them out to try before you buy.

                  I actually stopped a few minutes ago to buy some for a friend. They are $5.99 a pound!!!

                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                    I'll need to stomp a few and make a little cotton candy wine to justify the price! ;-D>