Real Simple
August 26, 2017 6:00 pm
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The latest fruit craze tastes just like cotton candy, only it’s in the form of a grape.

That’s right—cotton candy grapes are a real thing, delivering the flavor of the classic carnival treat, minus the sticky fingers that come after eating the spun sugar. But even though the grapes have been around for more than five years, they are incredibly difficult to find—in part because their season only lasts from August 10 to September 20.

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Distributed by the Grapery since 2011, a California-based company that cultivates table grapes, cotton candy grapes are juicy green spheres that naturally taste like the pink dessert.

David Cain, a horticulturalist, developed the grape in an effort to give consumers more varieties of the bite-sized fruit, similar to the way that there are multiple kinds of apples, he told NPR in 2013. Without genetic modification or including artificial flavors, Cain made the grapes taste like cotton candy by hybridizing two different species of the vine-ripened fruit that highlights its naturally sweet taste.

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Cain’s aim was to bring a return to the natural flavors of grapes, which he said had been stripped away by years of breeding fruit to fit shipping and storage standards.

But those who are trying to relive their circus experiences better act fast since this year’s crop is already halfway through its season. And in many places, especially on the East Coast, grocery stores are quickly selling out of the fruit, the New York Daily News reports.

Popular chains like Wegmans, Whole Foods, Sam’s Club, and Kroger carry the grapes. Fortunately, there is a way to find out where to get the sweet treat without having to stop at every grocery store nearby. Grapery’s website lists locations where its grapes are available by state.