Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Grāpple: An apple with an identity crisis

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 2:53 PM


Thanks to a tip from my Facebook friend Cara Jo, I give you the Gr āpple! Pronunciation: GRAPE-L

Now Grāpples have been on the market since 2009, but no one in our office had ever heard of them, so hopefully this is news to you as well. So what the hell is a Grāpple anyway? Other than completely unnecessary, a Grāpple is either a Fuji or Gala apple that has gone through a "relaxing bathing process" that involves soaking the fruit in Concord grape flavoring.

The process is pretty high-tech. After the apples are hand-selected based on size and richness of color, infrared cameras measure the density of each apple to ascertain its sweetness, or brix level. Only the sweetest fruit is selected for a dip in the grape pool. Grāpple inventor Todd Snyder says that Fuji apples are the best for "grapification" because their porous skins allow the absorption of the flavoring to extend all the way into the flesh of the apple.

Grāpple Facts:

12 million Grāpples are shipped from Wash. every year.

They are not genetically altered in any way.

There is no extra sugar added which means Gr āpples retain the same nutritional content as regular apples.

There is no such thing as a Grāpple tree.

You can find Gr āpples at your local Publix, for gasp, $4.99/four-pack and taste for yourself, but here are some of the tasting notes from the office crew:

"Tastes kind of like a grape lollipop or cough syrup."
Abbey McDaniel, intern

"Smells like a mixture between a grape lollipop and a stink bug. And it didn't really taste like a grape, but it didn't really taste like an apple either. I kinda feel like I'm putting myself at risk for diabetes by eating it."
Chad Radford, Staff Writer

"I get just a hint of Welch's grape juice."
George Weidman, intern

"Does it have codeine? It smells like cough syrup. It'd be a lot better if it had codeine."
Wyatt Williams, Events Editor

"It tastes like a weird Starburst."
Joeff Davis, Photo Editor

"It smells like Dimetapp! I kinda like it, but only because I liked to take sips of Dimetapp as a kid."
Debbie Michaud, A&E Editor

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