Saturday, February 9, 2013


My sudden and rather tiny goal in 2013 has been to try flavor-infused apples. Unfortunately, none of the supermarkets where I live carry any of these delightfully weird apples, so I've been pretty bummed out. Until today.

Passing through the fruits and veggies while grocery shopping, I discovered something new: a case of four grape-flavored apples.


Can you believe it?

I've only recently heard of flavored apples and, since I've always been a (probably unhealthy) fan of flavored things, I got really excited. A friend of mine, via Twitter, assured me that bubblegum-flavored apples are real - calling them "abomination apples." I see her point. In theory, it sounds like adding any foreign flavoring to fruits and veggies would be unhealthy.

I can't speak for the bubblegum ones, but these grape-flavored apples are apparently just as healthy as normal apples. On their highly information website, Grapple says this about the healthy quality of its apples:

"Our process does not add one bit of extra sugar, calories, carbs, etc. The apple still maintains its great natural supply of vitamins, minerals, nutrients & fiber. It's as healthy as if you just picked an apple off a tree."

Well, hey.

The packaging made me smile too; the little character on the front reminds me a bit of Grape Ape, from an old Hanna-Barbera cartoon in the late 1970's. You'll also notice that type of apple is Fuji - a pretty good type, though not my favorite. My blog tends to love apples, because I've done other posts on apples here and here.

P.S. Ironically enough, apples aren't my favorite fruit. Nowhere close. It's a tie between plums and mangoes. And strawberries come in third.

Even through the packaging, the grapples had a strong scent - it was delightful, like candy-sweet grapes. I hoped that my whole car would smell like grabbles by the time I made it home, but that didn't happen.

I felt it necessary to make a comparison between a grapple and another normal apple. So here they are, side by side:

The one on the left is the grapple and the one of the right is a Pink Lady (my favorite!). The grapple has a more rotund look. However, I was disappointed to learn that Grapples are only infused with grape flavor after arriving at the factory.... so that means that they are completely average Fuji apples. Nothing weird about them. I guess that's why they blend in so well with the other apples. 

The grapple was easy to cut through. I'm terrible with cutting things neatly, so it was a relief to almost effortlessly crack open the apple down the center. Doesn't that look neat? (I think so). As you can see, there's no alien markings or purple apple flesh in there. Boo. Well, I still have to taste it, right?
So, the taste. 

It's grape, man. But only a little bit. When I took the first bite, I got a splash of grape - kind of floral, actually - and then as I chewed, it tasted like a normal apple again. Rinse. Repeat. I'm surprised that the grape flavor isn't that strong, considering how grapey it smells through the packaging. Not that I'm disappointed. I feel like I really am eating something healthy that way - it's just got a grape kick to it at the very beginning, adding some spice to the apple-a-day regimen. 

I really really wanted to embed the clip from the Food Network show Unwrapped where Marc Summers explores the Grapple factory... but there's no "share" buttons. So if you'd like to know more about Grapples, demystifying them and all, please follow the link and watch the clip on the Grapple website HERE.


  1. I tried them years ago and found that they had a strong grape scent but the grape taste was barely discernible. Maybe they have upped their grapey-ness since I had them 7+ years ago?

    Glad you liked yours. Maybe they will be a Sweet Genius secret ingredient?

    Jenn (as in former office mate type Jenn)

    1. JENNN! Ah, I should have known that you've already tried it. It's amazing how this company has bee around for a while and I didn't know about it >.>

      The better use for them is obviously as air fresheners, haha.

      OMG, I HOPE SO! Imagine that. Grapples on Sweet Genius.

  2. I dunno .... if I want the flavor of grapes I tend to just eat grapes. Flavored apples seems weird to me (and bubble gum flavored apple seems the weirdest.) Speaking of bubble gum, usually its the gum that tastes like fruit, not the other way around! 0_o

    So very weird to me indeed.

    1. Ahhh, Ben. This is where our difference start, hahaha. You got a point about the bubblegum! But I guess, somewhere down the line, bubblegum became its own flavor. I feel like I need to find out when exactly that happened, because it will enrich my life *_*

  3. I'm still working on providing you with the elusive abomination apple. It should be on its way to you come Monday. Expect it in an Amazon box. :)

    1. Don't worry about it :D I will keep an eye on the mail, waiting for that apple. It's gunna be awesome.

      (And thanks again. Can't thank you enough. I love getting things in the mail, especially abnormal things, haha).

  4. Mmmm... I really want a grapple now. Actually I could probably be happy with just an apple, as your whole post has made me crave fruit in general. (I actually had no idea before now that they flavour-infuse apples. KNOWLEDGE. It feels good! :D)

    And I've heard of bubble gum flavoured apples! AmazingPhil ate one in one of his videos. Strangely enough, I think he bought it when he was in FL. He was very weirded out by the eating experience. :P

    1. OMG, I know, right? I pretty much flipped when I first found out that such things exist - in a good way.

      Hahaha, I'll have to check that out! I'd still like to try the bubble gum one. One day... *looks up at the starry sky*