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Monday, March 27, 2006
At the Grossery Store: Grapples?!
"Looks like an apple! Tastes like a grape!" And smells like genetic engineering. Or so I thought, dumbfounded at the Acme, gawking at a package of Grapples. But no, I find out on the Web, Grapples (rhymes with "maples") are simply Fuji apples that get infused with grape flavor (not calories) through some mysterioso bobbing / tanning booth / skinny-dipping process. OK, I'm not on the Island of Dr. Moreau after all, but I still wonder: If I want grape flavor, couldn't I, uh, like just eat grapes? Uh-oh, what's this over here? Strawberry tomatoes? Whew, no, they don't taste like strawberries. They're just bigger than cherry tomatoes, which are bigger than grape tomatoes, which sure don't taste like grapes. At least not yet.