Saturday, November 08, 2008

Artificially Flavored Apples?


So, my wife Chris and I were at the store last night, doing our usual Friday night grocery shopping at Wegmans. In the produce section, I saw these apples called "Grapples". On the box it says to pronounce it "GRAPE-L". I had seen these before, and they are always in plastic containers, instead of just loose like the other apples. They claim that these apples taste like grapes, so I decided to give them a try. I smelled them through the packaging to see if they smelled different, and they smelled impossibly sweet, like candy! They smelled like grape-flavored "Jolly Rancher" candy. Chris didn't think they smelled good at all, too sweet, but I thought they would probably be tasty because I have a world-renowned sweet tooth. Ridiculously sweet apples, one of the many wonders of modern genetics! Then, when we were standing in line at the checkout, I took a closer look at the package. "Artificial grape flavoring added." WHAT??? They injected the apples with flavoring and probably lots of corn syrup and other stuff??? I am pretty sure I get my USRDA of corn syrup from other foods already, so I put them back instead of buying them. Apparently according to their website, there is no sugar added, just flavoring and a little water, but the fact that they are injecting stuff into the apples was surprising enough for me to put them back! Maybe I'll try them next time when I'm feeling a little more adventurous, or have gotten a little more used to the idea. Meanwhile, I'm going to try to figure out how I can make cucumbers taste like oranges. Wish me luck.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unlike you, I didn't read the label until after I got home. NASTY. Like grape bubblegum, and not very good bubble gum at that. The miracle of modern plant husbandry reduced to a hypodermic and marketing...GR

Erik Grow said...

Hah! Well, I still want to try it! Maybe it'll be awful, but I need to have the experience... Plus I loves sweets. Maybe my tastebuds will react differently.

Tully said...

Just one word to the creators of such a product: Why?

Two Dogs said...

I'll tell you why. Since I was four years old, I have grown two potted tomato plants every year. (My grandfather was a farmer.)

One is a control plant, the other the test plant. It is research to devise the best tasting tomato and the one that produces the most.

One year, when I was about twenty-four, the tomatoes from the test plant were clear and had the consistency of a silicone breast implant. They tasted like crap, too! Shocker. It's all in the name of science. Because right-wing nutters are intellectually curious. We are the only folks that are.

Erik Grow said...

Right-wing nutters... Aren't they the same ones that don't trust some realms of accepted science? Hmmm...

Two Dogs said...

Yep, we eschew science like the lefties eschew bathing. Let's crack open that evolution debate, Erik.

Guess who added me on Twitter, today? Kelly from the Pacific northwest. 'Member her?

Erik Grow said...

Hehheh. We can do that if you'd like. Most scientists though don't waste their time trying to explain something that is already a settled issue, but I'll dive into it again perhaps. I don't even know what to write about now. Heh.

Two Dogs said...

Wait, they quit teaching that Darwinism crap in school? I missed that, my kid graduated from high school this year, so I am not up to date on it. When did they ditch that ridiculous crap, at the beginning of this fall semester?

Hallelujah! Education still can be saved.

nicnerd said...

Back on topic. Erik I could see you enjoying these. If they taste like candy you will buy them by the gross.

My take is this, if I want apples I will buy apples. If I wants grapes I will buy grapes. Why settle for apples that taste like grapes when i have the real thing in the same produce lane?

I cannot imagine that artificial grape flavoring might taste better than actual grapes!

This sounds a lot like something my son would ask me to buy at the market.