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October 27, 2004

Grapple - say 'Grape-L'


I'd say "fraud."

Here's the story on this fake fruit.

I saw a package of what appeared to be apples in the organic produce section at my local Kroger yesterday.

I looked more closely: the fancy label read just as the title of this post does, and in smaller lettering underneath, it said:

"Looks like an apple. Tastes like a grape."

Hey, I thought, that sounds cool.

They figured out how to cross an apple and a grape, and created this new fruit.

I bought a package.

I mean, I've tried Pluots and Apriums, liking the former but not the latter.

Anyway, when I got home I opened the package of Grapples, and sniffed at them.

Boy, they sure smelled like grapes; more precisely, grape juice.

I bit into one: tasted like grape juice, though the texture and mouth-feel was exactly that of an apple.

Meanwhile, I looked more closely at the label, to see how they'd achieved this odd hybridization.


Under ingredients, it said: "Apples, Artificial Grape Flavor."

No wonder they tasted like grape juice: that's what was in them.

I went to the website, where I read the following:

The Grapple is a Washington State Extra Fancy apple.

The apple is bathed through a patented process and in a few days the entire apple takes on the essence and mouth-watering taste of Concord grapes.

The combination is outstanding.


But why stop there?


I've already begun soaking peaches in pineapple juice, and have applied for a patent on my secret process.

I'm gonna call the result a



Look for 'em soon at your local [un]Whole[y] Foods.

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I and my kids loved theses apples. As for chemicals producing the flavor, isn't that what we are made of? Oh, I know we are 90% H2O, but we have many other elements and cells producing chemical reactions. Do a search on artificial flavors and actually read how they are made, and what they are made from, and you might not be so scared of them. After all, there have been many people die from eating naturally occurring substances.

Posted by: Thomas S. Overmyer | Feb 7, 2007 1:20:13 PM

UHHHHH...what's the problem with artificial flavorings soaking into an apple? How about the artificial part of that. Do you really know what chemicals they use to get our tastebuds to taste grape cough syrup when we bite into an apple? And as far as children, they eat what we buy...they can only eat junk food if it's allowed...if their choices are fruits, veggies and other healthy options they WILL choose one of them when they're hungry.

Posted by: shelley | Jun 20, 2006 10:16:16 AM

That was definitely enlightening. I just did a Google search on these myself. I tried a package of them a month or so ago and although strange, I kinda liked 'em. How odd though that the flavor was more like the grape in a lollipop or cold medicine as opposed to 'a grape'.

LOL, and just to be sure I wasn't being taken a second time, I just went to check the package (saved to remind myself to do this search). Sure enough! the ingredients read: Fuji apples, artificial grape flavor. Unbelievable but true.

Posted by: Grace | Jun 7, 2006 7:44:56 PM

Agony...I love my fiance, I really do. And I loved buying her those five dollar packs of four apples. I never asked for a bite, and I never hoarded any for myself. I stocked my fridge and proudly delivered replacements to her home when she'd munched her past. All that changed when I got back from a trip out of town and looked in my empty refridgerator. My hunger overwhelmed my love, and I happilly munched up the few I had left. Well, now I find out that Grapples are out of season and won't be available again until October. Yikes! So if you're lucky enough to see some in your local grocery store, enjoy them all the more, knowing there are less fortunate men out there with hungry fiances and nothing but fujis (so disappointing) to share.

Posted by: [email protected] | May 31, 2006 3:08:08 AM

had my first taste of this fruit tonight. taste
okay but because its artificially flavored (grape) I had an allergy attack. Mouth and tongue
started to itch and lose my voice. There should
be a warning for people who have food allergy.

Posted by: sara | Apr 2, 2006 1:02:50 AM

I actually like the taste of Grapples! Believe it or not, we bought some last week and today we bought some more because I can't stop eating them. I know they probably have lots of calories and such (because they're all covered in grape juice and such) but the taste pleased my senses and they help curb my appatite. As many calories as they may have, they still ARE apples and they DO have Pure Concord Grape Juice which are both good for you. I haven't gotten sick yet, neither have I gained any weight. As long as they continue to make Grapples, I'm going to buy them and enjoy them very much!

Posted by: Ella | Mar 29, 2006 6:17:13 PM

I like grapples. I think in alternative to other junk foods that are horrible for kids, grapples are a much better option, if kids will eat them over twinkies and chips! You've got to weigh the options, why attack something that is better for kids and adults.

Posted by: Kim | Mar 27, 2006 3:14:56 PM

I think they are wonderful...High Priced, yes!
Of Course, I loved Hubba-Bubba Grape bubble gum as a child. The smell takes me back...who cares if it is artificial flavoring. All our sodas have artificial flavoring. Cereals have artificial flavoring. You just about can't find much these days without it. My daughter will turn down fast food for this apple any day...and that means more to me than this company changing how an apple tastes.

Posted by: Firekat | Mar 16, 2006 12:28:02 PM

I found that they taste alright. Probably won't buy more. In regards to peeapples. They already exist. However, it is a true cross. It is an incredibly mild, sweet, pineapple with little or no acidity. The Delmonty Golds are sometimes this cross I swear. I can't prove it though. I did have the cross when a friend brought some back from Hawaii. I buy the Delmonty Golds because the taste similar anyway.

Posted by: Hmmmm | Mar 12, 2006 11:59:40 PM

Hi, My aunt accidentally bought a package of Grapples accidentally while we were on vacation in a caribbean isle called Tobago. They do smell great but the taste is disappointing. And yes, i suspected it was some artificial process. Thanks for clearing that up.

Posted by: Tariq Khan | Mar 11, 2006 12:25:44 PM

It is outrageous that they are marketing these things to kids yet including no nutritional information on the packaging. I have a type 1 diabetic child and I need to know the carb content. Any ideas?

Posted by: sdale | Feb 1, 2006 5:55:37 PM

I just realized that this isn't a new trend in the produce section. My father has been eating Grapenuts for decades. However, I've never noticed the grape smell. The Grapenuts people should look into that.

Posted by: eltrain1984 | Sep 15, 2005 11:26:56 AM

A co-worker brought them in today and I noticed the smell before I saw them. Very strong artifical smell. Sort of like grape bubble bum. Taste was OK, but again, if tasted as if I had a wad of Bubblicious tucked in my cheek.

Posted by: eltrain1984 | Sep 15, 2005 11:19:19 AM

I saw these Grapples things at Publix one night and thought my meds were making me hallucinate (also, the smell carried at least 30 feet). Weeks later, I was shopping with my husband and saw them again. Despite my new year's resolution to be less of a pill in public, I took it upon myself to [loudly] comment on the atrocity of such a thing in the produce section of an otherwise self-respecting supermarket. I had barely finished mentioning how absurd it was to have such crap in the section of the store we flock to when we want to escape the crap in the rest of the store, when the boy that was stocking them said he actually liked them. My devious plan backfired as an onlooker became intrigued by the Hubba-Bubba scent of the Grapples and purchased a 4-pack. I probably should have thought out my plan more before execution.

I am happy to find I am not alone in this sentiment.

Posted by: the wench | Mar 7, 2005 10:31:19 PM

Very funny article, brightened my day.

Posted by: John Doe | Mar 4, 2005 12:11:17 PM

Peeple...I needed that laugh. Thanks :)

was just googling "Grapple"

Posted by: melanie | Nov 5, 2004 12:58:13 AM

There is a new apple in Eden. Would like for you to try it. (OK, here comes the Proust). Reminds me of the Mogan David Concord we served at Cain's bar mitzvah.

Posted by: ScienceChic | Oct 28, 2004 11:00:41 PM

Thanks for the laugh on an otherwise dreary day!

Posted by: Lisa | Oct 27, 2004 3:03:48 PM

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