Cotton Candy Grape Sorbet Recipe

July 18, 2022

Today we'll be making cotton candy grape sorbet from scratch. 

pink striped bag of cotton candy grapes

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What better time to learn how to make some chilly, refreshing sorbet than summertime? That's what inspired me to make some for the first time -- that and the fact that I love cotton candy grapes -- those once-a-year early summer treats that if you blink your eyes you might just miss them in your local grocery store.

They're not sold in many places so you'll have to be on the lookout for when they arrive in your local area.

I found mine at Aldi's, but they were also sold at our local Costco. And that's where the recipe comes from -- I found it at Costco.com. They call it Divine Cotton Candy Grape Sorbet. So let's get started, shall we?



Cotton Candy Grape Sorbet 

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients:

cotton candy grapes in pink plastic bag French label

6 cups cotton candy grapes, stems removed
1 Tbsp honey
Zest of 1 lime (1 Tbsp)
Juice of 1/2 lime (1 Tbsp)

bag of Great Value sliced almonds


1/2 cup almonds, slivered and toasted
1 Tbsp powdered sugar

Instructions:

Place grapes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Freeze overnight.

In a food processor, add 3 cups of frozen grapes. Puree until smooth.

white ramekin filled with cotton candy grape sorbet

Add remaining 3 cups of grapes, honey, lime zest and lime juice. Puree until coarsely blended. Pour into a ceramic ramekin or loaf pan.

For a soft sorbet serve immediately. For a firmer texture, freeze for 2 hours.

Layer sliced almonds on a baking sheet and place in a 350 degree oven for approximately 10 minutes until golden brown and fragrant. 

When ready to serve, combine almond slivers and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Toss until well coated. Scoop sorbet into dessert dishes. Top with powdered sugar and almonds.

white porcelain mortar and pestle filled with sliced almonds

NOTE: I chose to crush the toasted almond slivers with a vintage mortar and pestle. I then tossed some of them on top of the sorbet, after which I used a small wire strainer to add powdered sugar on top as well.   

Ninja Professional Processor mixer blender and metal strainer

My old blender was not up to the task of pureeing hard frozen grapes, so I ended up using a Ninja Professional Processor

lemon patterned ice cream bowl filled with cotton candy grape sorbet and almonds

The green color reminded me of a pistachio sorbet.


Dollar Tree lemon porcelain bowl filled with sorbet

sorbet almonds powdered sugar bowl

My takeaways:

While the sorbet was certainly tasty, due to the heavy lime flavor, I believe you could use any old green grapes for this recipe. There was no longer a cotton candy flavor (insert sad face here).

If I were to make this recipe again I would use regular green grapes, and honey, but I would omit the lime juice and lime zest.

I'm actually wondering what lemon juice and lemon zest could add to the taste. I'm a total lemon head when it comes to Italian Ice and sorbet so maybe that will be my next summer treat!

Lesson learned: Perhaps cotton candy grapes are better eaten as is!

Well, that's it for today, friends!

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How To Make Cotton Candy Grape Sorbet

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Junkchiccottage said...

Oh I bet this is delish. I am a big fan of the cotton candy grapes. Yum. Have a great week. xoxo

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of cotton candy grapes. With this heat wave, I know I would just inhale these; looks so good! Kathy A

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