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Grapples – Bio Engineering Gone Right

Grapples (Image courtesy C&O Nursery) By Andrew Liszewski

First off if you’re wondering, ‘Grapple’ is actually pronounced ‘Grape-L’ so the next time you bring it up at a party you won’t sound like an idiot. Secondly, while these apples have been modified to taste like grapes in reality there was no genetics or gene-splicing involved. Nope, the patent-pending process whereby regular apples take on the flavor of grapes simply involves the fruit being infused with a whole lot of concentrated grape flavoring.

The benefit to this method is that the apple still maintains all its vitamins and other goodness without any extra sugars or calories being added. The idea is to give kids yet another reason to reach for a piece of fruit when they need a snack rather than a candy bar in hopes of reducing childhood obesity. Now I don’t know what’s wrong with the taste of regular apples or why grapes are considered to be the superior flavor here but I also haven’t been a kid for 2 or 3 years now so I’m not the best person to ask.

The only problem I see with the Grapple is that a 12-pack gift box from their website will set you back $37.95. That’s $3.16 per apple! However they should also be available in stores in smaller quantities very soon.

*Update: So it seems these have been available in grocery stores across the US for a few years now. Unfortunately they haven’t made it to my neck of the woods yet meaning we’re stuck with plain old apple-flavored apples.

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9 responses to “Grapples – Bio Engineering Gone Right”

  1. Bundybytes says:

    These have been in stores for a good 2 + years now……… At least in Cali. A tad late on this one!

  2. Karl says:

    I think apples taste great just like they are, what exactly is the point of the grape flavoring?

  3. mcman says:

    They have been in Chicagoland groceries for over 2 years as well.

  4. Larry says:

    I’ve seen these in Trader Joes in California for at least the past 5 years

  5. They taste like kids’ medicine. Took a bite of one and spit it out. This takes gilding the lilly to a whole new level.

  6. mikelite says:

    yeah andrew, you’re not missing anything. I was wicked excited to try them and the basically smell like a grape, but taste like an apple. and if you read closely, you’ll see they use artifical flavoring.

  7. Semantico says:

    If they wanted it pronounced Grape-L they should’ve spelled it Graple? Two p’s means it should be pronounced Gr-apple. As in “They are Grrrrreat” πŸ˜‰

  8. JF says:

    My girl just brought some home this past weekend. I was thrilled. The smell is wonderful…but the taste was that of an apple. If you love that KoolAid grape taste…save your money and buy some regular apples, roll them around in Grape KoolAid…DIY Grapple.

  9. Spaz Chicken says:

    My Harris Teeter has had these on the shelves for at least 6+ months… I’ve never brought myself to purchase them though. But hey, I like the way regular (cheap) apples taste.