Thursday, April 27, 2006

Fruit Parfaits

When I did my review last week of Turkish Delight, Joanna of SugarSavvy.net suggested that I try Aplets & Cotlets. Since I’m allergic to walnuts, I did a little digging on their site and found that they have some nutless products and then I fortuitously found some at the 99 Cent Only Store over the weekend.

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I’m already partial to Turkish Delight and I figured this was an American version and it pretty much is. They’re American flavors and they sounded interesting on the package:

Cherry Amaretto - oh, well, this one just combines two of my least favorite flavors! Actually, it wasn’t as bad as all that. It was more like a cherry pie (which I like) and had little cherry bits in it. It didn’t have much of an amaretto note, so I’m guessing folks who like amaretto would be upset by the false advertising, but I was thankful.

Apple Spice - an interesting idea but not very apple-y or very spicy. It was sweet and had a nice kind of apple pie scent, but not much flavor to go with it.

Orange Ginger - this one is the star and if I could buy a package of just this, I probably would. The orange rind bits were noticeable and provide a zesty and sometimes bitter snap. Not much ginger burn or spice to it, but a good earthy flavor.

Strawberry Conserve - very sweet but at the same time intensely fragrant without any sort of artificial note to it. No tartness, just all the sweet berry notes. Quite a few seeds in there too.

The strangest thing about this package was the array. The package was a tray with nine slots in it. But there were four flavors. So which one do you think had a bonus? The other odd thing was that each pair of flavors looked the same. It turns out that the bonus piece was Strawberry Conserve. I have no idea if yours will be the same.

The texture missed on actually being Turkish Delight, as it was a bit denser and more flavored. The candies are covered in fine granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar, so they’re not at all messy. They’re not really a candy that I would sit and munch on while watching TV or a movie, but I think it’d be nice to serve with tea. I’m kind of curious now to try their other varieties, especially the mint and true Lokum. However, the sizes they sell on the website are a little large for my desire to just sample, so I’ll keep my eye out for these smaller packages in stores.

Note: the website sells these in a section called “Nut Free”, however, if you have severe nut allergies, the package notes that the candies may contain traces of peanuts and other nuts.

Name: Fruit Parfaits
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Liberty Orchards Co
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Stores
Price: $.99
Size: 4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Jelly, United States, Kosher

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Comments
  1. Applets and cottlets are local…So…thanks for supporting WA!! :D I’ve grown up eating the regular ones..I’ve never tried these. Sound good though smile

    Comment by Amy on 4/27/06 at 9:13 am #
  2. I have seen Liberty Orchard products for sale at Walgreens here in San Francisco.

    A word of warning to the wise: I found them to be incredibly laxative, so enjoy in moderation.

    Comment by Fazal majid on 4/27/06 at 8:52 pm #
  3. I wasn’t sure if these were just a Pacific Northwest thing or not - sounds like they’re at least West Coast.  Never seen those Parfait versions- but I do love the texture of the nut in the gel.  The orange ginger sounds great!  Now I’ve really got a Turkish Delight/Aplets and Cotlets Jones.  I’m getting some TODAY!

    Comment by Joanna on 4/28/06 at 5:48 am #
  4. Yes, they are made in a little town just outside of Wenatchee WA., called Cashmere neat place.

    Comment by Amy on 4/28/06 at 7:22 am #
  5. The same company has these in a chocolate-covered variety; not sure if the flavors are the same (I, too, have found the combination a little odd, and am never sure which flavor I’ll pick up next!).  I like both, because they’re mild and fruity, but they’re not my favorite or anything.

    Comment by Karla on 4/29/06 at 1:54 am #
  6. Your top 110 made me think of looking this up, as I think Aplets and Cotlets are an essential candy experience.  However, I can’t imagine they would be as good without the nuts.  It’s really the texture of the nuts kind of softly breaking up and mixing their texture with the jelly texture that makes these candies, in my opinion, so very excellent.  They used to sell them in drug stores in Santa Barbara back in the 90s, but I haven’t seen them in years.

    Comment by JJR on 1/03/10 at 8:45 am #

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