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Quick Bites: Sweet! Cotton Candy Grapes make cross-country debut

In sync with fall fair and carnival season, Cotton Candy Grapes have arrived in the Carolinas. Judging by local responses, they are mostly a thumbs-up hit — and sticky-free as well, as one Beacon reviewer assessed. The grapes were developed by David Cain, a former USDA scientist who grows grapes at The Grapery, a 180-acre vineyard south of Bakersfield, Calif., as a “healthy junk food.” Cain says the grapes are all-natural and have not been genetically engineered. Currently, you can find the grapes, which most of our reviewers have determined do taste remarkably like cotton candy, but without the guilt, at The Fresh Market; the closest locations are in Wilmington or Pawleys Island, S.C.