What do you call an apple that tastes like a grape?

A couple months ago, I was in the produce section of my local grocery store when I walked past the fruit aisle and was overcome with a very strong aroma of grapes. I looked down and saw what appeared to be a bin of apples packaged in plastic containers. However, the label on it said “Grapple” and upon further investigation I learned that they are actually Fuji apples that tastes like a grape.

I generally don’t like the idea of messing around with mother nature but curiosity got the better of me. At first I thought theses apples had been genetically modified to taste like a grape but it turns out that they aren’t genetically modified at all. They are simply infused with grape flavouring. Now why would anyone want to do that? Why would you take a perfectly good apple and make it taste like a grape? If you like grapes, why not just eat grapes?

I guess this company must be doing pretty well because I’ve seen these grapples still remain in my neighbourhood grocery market and the company is based in the states. So something must warrant it being shipped to grocery stores in Canada.

Grapples are packaged in plastic containers that contain four grapples per container. The cost is $4.99 for a package of 4 (or $1.25/grapple). Compare that cost to a regular Fuji apple which costs around $0.65 (depending on the season). The grapple is one expensive (albeit designer) fruit.

Taste testers:
Please try the grapple and comment on whether you taste more apple flavour, more grape flavour or something in between. Do you like it? Would you buy it?

Thank you everyone for submitting your comments. The majority of people didn’t find the grape flavour to be all that authentic. Most people could definitely smell the grape aroma but when they bit into it, tasted mostly apple (albeit a very sweet apple).

The majority of our panelists would choose to just have a regular apple and not pay the premium for an grapple. Grapples are definitely an interesting concept from a novelty food standpoint.

For more information on the process of making these grapples, check out this video for a more detailed explanation.