What Is A Grapple?

I was talking with my sister earlier today and she told me she had a grapple. I thought “Aren’t you a little old for that?”but said “Really? What happened?”

Turns out she wasn’t in a physical altercation at all, thankfully.

She was talking about a new fruit on the market called Grapples®. She said it like ‘apples’ with a ‘gr’ on the front, but I looked online and it’s actually pronounced “grey-pull.” So now you know.

After we hung up I had to know more so I Googled to find out just what they are. I read this at their website:

“With childhood obesity increasing at alarming rates, Grapple® brand apples could go a long way to improving the eating habits of children and introducing them to more produce.

Ok, their intentions appear good, but if you’ve ever eaten a Fuji apple, they are delicious on their own. I for one am not interested in yet another additive-laden product that can be marked up above the normal price and marketed to my children who then start grappling me for them. Ugh!

And let’s not forget that a Grapple®, cute name though it is, is still an apple. There’s nothing on their website about using organic apples.

What makes a Grapple® taste like grape?

I am very interested in knowing what the artificial grape flavor contains, but when I went to look for the ingredients they use to enhance the apple I found this:

“This Patent Pending process is complex and the ingredient mix primarily includes concentrated grape flavor and pure water. All ingredients are USDA and FDA approved and the process has been licensed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

What Is A Grapple?

They go on to say:

There is nothing but flavor being infused into the Fuji apple. The apple takes on no additional sugars or calories. They are not genetically altered in any way. The apple is as healthy as ever but now has the new exciting grape flavor.”

Knowing what I know, this is not a reassuring statement to me. When I read “nothing but flavor”t he first thing I think of is some form of MSG. That the Grapple® has no additional sugars or calories” screams artificial sweeteners to me. I sent them an email asking for the ingredients list. I’ll update this page when I get a reply or if I come across the ingredients some other way.

Meanwhile, I’ll stick to plain Fuji apples for my family. Organic of course!

Grapple Email Response

Here is the text of the email response I received when I wrote to ask about the ingredients in Grapple®apples:

Hello Tracy,

Thank you for your interest in Grapple® brand apples. To create the Grapple brand apple, we dip Fuji apples in a proprietary blend of both natural and artificial flavors.

The only way it alters the apple is in taste. It does not alter calories, carbs, sugars or anything else; which is why we are so excited about the Grapple®. We are currently in the process of developing other flavor blends to increase our product line, but feel very fortunate to have this blend of grape and apple available to the public first.

Warm Regards,

Melissa Henyan
Consumer Relations
Rainier Fruit Company
Selah, WA 98942

——————————————- From: *******@comcast.net[SMTP:*********@COMCAST.NET] Sent: Saturday, November 11, 2006 4:42:29 PM To: info@grapplefruits.com Subject: Grapple Fruits Contact Form Auto forwarded by a Rule

Contact From:Tracy Austin Email:*********@comcast.net City:Greenfield State:MA

Comments: Hello! I’m writing to ask for a list of the ingredients in the grape flavoring. My sister (in VT) had one of these yesterday and said it tasted great.

Many thanks, Tracy Austin

Well as you can imagine, this wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I did write back asking for specific ingredients, and if msg in any form was on it. That email has, to date, been ignored.

I’m left wondering how long corporations expect us to blindly buy their products without wanting to know what they are putting in them?

I know lots of people buy blindly, but as more and more moms and others start asking these questions, they will have to open up and start re-thinking the strategy of making a profit at the expense of the health of their customers.

So we still don’t know what the artificial flavors added to the apples are, and I still will be leaving these in the supermarket and recommending others do the same.

Eat well, be well,