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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 10, 2016 6:53 PM CST
@Rusty Just curious, Rusty....did you buy them at an HEB? It was the only store in Austin where I could find the GumDrops.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 10, 2016 7:00 PM CST
@Rusty Just curious, Rusty....did you buy them at an HEB? It was the only store in Austin where I could find the GumDrops...or any of the other "specialty grapes."
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tx_flower_child
Oct 10, 2016 7:39 PM CST
I haven't seen them in Dallas. But we don't have an H.E.B. or the equivalent.
Name: Rusty
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Rusty
Oct 10, 2016 7:50 PM CST
Hi, Sandi, yes, I got them at the HEB Plus in Corpus Christi. I'll check the HEB here tomorrow. I really did enjoy them, and would love some more. But I sure can't drive that far just for grapes! I also want to check for the other varieties mentioned here.

Joan, no HEB in Dallas? ? I had no idea, I thought everyone in Texas had at least one!

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tx_flower_child
Oct 10, 2016 8:08 PM CST
No, HEB mostly doesn't go this far north. It is in one of the 'burbs between Dallas and Ft.W but don't remember which one.

About a month or so ago there was a major news break (wait - can news 'break'?) that HEB had bought I think it was 8 properties in Dallas. One of the properties used to be an Albertson's and then Sprouts. Not a big store but very close to my hood. So everyone gets really excited. Some people are saying they'll be happy with another Central Mkt. (Not me but that's a whole 'nother story.) Then it turns out that HEB was buying most of the properties so they could turn around and sell them to someone else.

Tom Thumb is the main player here but their stores aren't as big as the HEB that I used to shop at in Austin.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 10, 2016 9:43 PM CST
There's a short window of availability for the grapes. Last year they were only around for a few days. This year, a couple of weeks.
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critterologist
Oct 11, 2016 4:34 PM CST
Got a bag of "Moon Drops" a couple days ago at the Frederick Wegman's, $2.99/pound. I really like them, but Joyanna says they are weird -- too sweet! I'm betting she gets over that...
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Danita
Oct 13, 2016 12:11 AM CST
I do wish the Moon Drops were a little less sweet but the flavor is good otherwise. There were still some Moon Drops at my local store a few days ago but they looked like they were ready for the compost heap. Thumbs down

Instead, I tried the 'Sweet Celebration' red, seedless grapes that were on sale for $1.99. Yuck! They were disgustingly sweet, bland flavor otherwise, and had a very high proportion of soft, overripe grapes (despite looking fine.) Definitely won't get these again. Thumbs down
Name: Rusty
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Rusty
Oct 19, 2016 1:17 PM CST
Neither the HEB or the Walmart here has anything other than the usual 'ordinary' grapes. I was back in CC Monday, & the Super Plus HEB there still had the Moon Drop grapes. I came home with what is probably a lot more than I need. But it's not something I can get any old time, so I may as well 'pig out' on them while I can . Smiling They also had some green grapes labeled 'Emerald'. I snitched one, it was nothing special to my way of thinking. I was a bit disappointed they didn't have any of the other 'new' grapes mentioned here.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 16, 2018 10:15 AM CST
I was in the store this morning & had forgotten all about this thread & the grapes discussed on it when the produce gal asked me if I liked cotton candy grapes. I said I had never heard of them - apparently I lied b/c I had heard of them on this very thread but had completely forgotten. Anyway, she was raving over how they tasted exactly like cotton candy & asked me if I would like to try some. I'm game for new things so replied yes even though the thought of cotton candy does not appeal to me at all in my older age. She washed some & brought them to me. I ate 2 right there & to me they only vaguely had a hint of cotton candy flavor at first. They were quite sweet and I thought maybe I didn't want them so totally sweet. However, it was 8am & one can't always rely on one's taste buds @ 8am so I brought the rest home & the dh & I will both try them again later today.
Meanwhile, I would be interested in hearing anyone's further thoughts on cotton candy grapes.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 18, 2018 4:57 PM CST
Taste testing has been completed on the cotton candy grapes. The dh & I both agree there is a certain taste of cotton candy at the very beginning & then there is just nice, sweet, green grape and then the finish has the hint of cotton candy. We both would prefer to not have the cotton candy flavor at all and just have some nice, sweet, green grapes.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jun 18, 2018 7:15 PM CST
Thanks for the "heads up," Ann! They're coming out earlier and earlier. I'll have to look for them at our grocery. 'Guess now that people are becoming aware of them, the grocers are ordering them earlier in the season.
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tx_flower_child
Jun 18, 2018 11:54 PM CST
Ann — That sounded like one of those wine reviews. Well done,
Name: Robin Bunch
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robinbunch5
Jul 6, 2018 12:41 PM CST
I tried the Cotton Candy grapes this week, was not impressed. I would rather have green seedless grapes (they cost less too).

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