Grape Tastes Like Cotton Candy

There's a new grape variety on the market and it tastes more like candy than fresh fruit.{} Clusters and clusters of green grapes are hanging on the vines ready to be picked in the southern San Joaquin Valley.{}{}They were created through plant breeding in the privately owned International Fruit Genetics laboratory near Delano.

David Cain is a Kern County scientist who has spent the past decade creating flavored grapes.{} The variety that looks like a Thompson seedless tastes like cotton candy.{}{}"This appeals a lot to like young children. {} People just want different eating experiences."

Candice Behl was willing to take the taste test.{}{}"Does it taste like candy?{}{}A little yeah. {} Cotton candy?{}{}A little. {} Now that{}I think about it, yeah."

Researcher David Cain has had a few hits and a lot of misses in his twelve years of creating flavored grapes.{} Some of his creations look like chili peppers and are being marketed as Witch Fingers.{} Then there's the Sweet Sapphire, that's shaped like a double-a battery.{} Both flavors are unique.{} "We also have some that people describe as strawberry or mango or some that taste like grape lollipops or pineapple."

The tedious work takes place in the lab.{} The job is to remove the little seed traces out of the grape and put them in what's called a special growth media. {} They stay in the sealed glass dish for two months.{} "We dissect out just the embryo out of the ovule in the dish, put that into a test tube that grows into a little plant."

Out of the thousands and thousands of plant breeding samples, Cain says each year they will only come up with two new commercial varieties.{} But he says the Cotton Candy variety is already in demand destined for high end grocery stores nationwide.{} "It's like fishing or something. You never know when you're gonna get the big one."

Cain says the Cotton Candy grape will cost consumers between six to twelve dollars a pound in supermarkets.{}