Monday, 6 September 2010
When is an apple, not an apple? A question I recently asked myself when strolling along the famous Robson Street of Vancouver and I stumbled across the most bizarre thing I had seen in quite some time. If you thought "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" - with these little creations, you would most definitely be wrong because these appples can clock up an eye-watering 800+ calories making them less of a healthy option.
"Rocky Mountain Apples" take a standard green apple and transform them into something rather more special by dipping them in chocolate, caramel, hundreds and thousands, oreo cookie chunks, chocolate chips, chocolate fondant, marshmallows, peanut butter of whatever other 'candified' toppings are on offer that day. At $6.99 a pop, they are hugely popular and I can see why because no kid wants to eat a regular apple when they can have a Rocky Mountain Apple welded with 2lbs of sugary confection, yet still tell themselves that it is an apple and therefore healthy!
I refused to buy one of these candy-coated monstrousities as sugary treats have never been my thing but the staff were kindly 'disecting' them and offering samples and lets just say that the green apple itself offered some small salvation from its thick, tooth-achingly sweet casing. Sadly that small salvation would not be enough to convert a girl like me into a devoted lover of Rocky Mountain Apples, but it certainly is a novel idea and perhaps it could catch on some time in London? Especially around Halloween, it could be the ultimate 'pimped-up' toffee apple, that (no doubt) will have our kids all hopped up on sugar like addicts to a crack pipe. Still, it certainly is interesting what people seem to enjoy in other countries; although I'm not so sure it would catch on in good old London town.
Posted by Sabrina Ghayour at 10:52