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Do We Really Need a Grape/Apple Hybrid?

I've seen Grapples — grape-flavored apples — in the store for a few years, and FitSugar actually wrote about them last year, but I'd never actually tried one before. I've kinda been snobby about it and thought they were ridiculous. However, recently, a friend of mine became addicted to them. She swears they're fantastic, so I figured it was time to file away my skepticism and give it a try.

Grapples are created by infusing Washington Extra-Fancy Fuji apples in concentrated grape juice, natural and artificial, but let me tell you it smells awfully artificial — like grape flavoring and water. Old reviews say that it's done by soaking, however the Grapple website now says it's a complex patent-pending process. When you take them out of their plastic packages, you can smell them from a mile away, and it's actually quite distracting. The smell is overly sweet, like wet-grape candy.

So how do they taste? They're actually not bad, but that's mostly because they taste like apples. The grape flavor is there, however it's overly sweet and reminds me of grape candy more than actual Concord grapes. They're also quite pricey for what they are — four apples were around $5. The good part about them is that since they do taste like candy, it felt more like a dessert or a treat, and definitely curbed my need for something sweet in the evening. The best part was that, like other apples, they're only around 80 calories each.

Would I buy them again? Probably not, although I can see where folks might really like them — after all this started because I know someone who is hooked on them. Also, I really am wondering what a baked good made with them would taste like. Grapple pie anyone?

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Krissy226 Krissy226 9 years
ViolentlyHappy ViolentlyHappy 9 years
I've tried these and they aren't good at all. They taste like grapes, but the texture is is horrible.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
sounds naaaaaaasty.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
I'll stick to my organic fruits & veggies!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I have had these, definitely artificial tasting.
n_i_k n_i_k 9 years
I didn't like these at all!
wambalus wambalus 9 years
Why can't we leave good enough alone? It's one thing to breed hybrids - pluots for example, are quite nice, but I draw the line at any sort of artificial processing after harvesting.
Food Food 9 years
Just to clarify folks, these aren't genetically modified, the treatment is done after the apples have been picked.
mollywog mollywog 9 years
hmmmmm... I'd love to try these, but I'm allergic to Concord grapes and they'd probably give me hives!
JessBear JessBear 9 years
I love the way they the grocery store, I always stop to sniff them. But I thought the taste was pretty underwhelming. It tasted slightly grape-y for a few bites, then just like a regular old apple. I wouldn't buy them again, except maybe to try a Grapple pie, as yum suggested...great idea!!! And I agree that they are very pricey, but last night I was at my regular chain grocery store (not organic or overly priced, generally) and almost all the apples were $2.99/pound!!!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
good..i liked it!
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
it is smells like cough medicine, yuck!
designergirl designergirl 9 years
ilanac13, you wouldn't want to eat most foods the way they were on earth originally. The wild ancestors of most plants and animals were small and not as tasty. Thousands of years of breeding have made them into what we know and love today.
issarocks issarocks 9 years
i think they're pretty good! quite sweet
Lilhighlander Lilhighlander 9 years
emalove emalove 9 years
I'd try it, but I agree that it's odd.
I found these to be tasty, but agree with everyone that it's way too artificial to qualify as a fruit!
ilovecandyfloss ilovecandyfloss 9 years
Um... you guys do realise that many vegetables come from the same plant? Kale, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli are just some of the veges to come from the same plant. People have been messing around with creating new vegetables for a VERY long time.
nancita nancita 9 years
I saw these in the store the other day but I didn't know what they were. I LOVE apples but I just don't see the point. It seems so odd.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
We had them once, the kids looked at them funny... I wasn't impressed at all
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
I've seen that at the store but never really thought about them much. Thanks for the feedback. I won't be trying them anytime soon unless someone is giving out free samples. Grapples... haha. What are they going to think of next? Banapples? Mangapples? Cantalapples? The possibilities are endless!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
you know, all these hybrid fruit things are making me wonder. if it wasn't on the earth originally - is it supposed to be that way?
juliegal juliegal 9 years
love the name....but it's totally wacky!
ladyly5 ladyly5 9 years
It's really weird. The smell of the apple totally fools your mind that you are eating a grape but then you taste it and its just like a regular apple.
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