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.