Sunday, November 14, 2010

Review: Mrs. Prindable's

I wrote back in April about Mrs. Prindable's, the gourmet caramel apple company, after I'd taken a tour of their facility. I'd had their apples prior to that tour and loved them, and I've had them since.

In fact, Mrs. Prindable's just sent me a Jumbo Apple. And when I say that this is a jumbo apple, I mean it. Each of these apples weighs approximately two pounds. Two. Pounds. Let me give you an idea of what that means.

This is a normal granny smith apple. It isn't a petite apple. It's the normal kind you get when you go to the store. Take a look at it compared to the apple from Mrs. Prindable's.

I'll pause for a moment while you wipe the drool from your keyboard.

When the apples arrive, they are a site to behold. They come well-packaged in a gorgeous purple box with a gold bow. Inside the purple box, the apple lies nestled amongst a ton of bubble wrap to keep the apple safe on its journey to you (and to distract the wee ones while I hide the apple so I don't have the share it).

Ta-da! And voila appears the apple, where you can finally see for yourself how magnificent and huge this apple really is. The way it is presented, it makes such a great gift. I'm actually debating ordering a bunch of the petite gourmet assortments (4 slightly smaller apples) to give as teachers' gifts this year. Giving each person a whole apple could possibly be overkill, as these apples are not meant to be devoured by a single person.

Once my apple arrived, I placed it in the refrigerator. I knew I would be hosting bunco soon, and this would make a perfect dessert to serve. Impressive to look at, and delicious. Fortunately, the apples will last in the fridge for up to two weeks - and I can vouch for that. My apple was still crisp and clean inside when we cut into it with no browning or softening of the apple. It was perfect.

I was right about it being impressive for bunco. No one in my group had ever heard of Mrs. Prindable's before, and some of them couldn't figure out what it was. The idea of a caramel apple that big is ... hard to process, I think.

Interestingly, it took awhile before anyone was willing to cut into it. It was intimidating to them, as they weren't sure how to cut the apple, and it was so pretty, no one wanted to ruin it. Eventually, a brave soul used the knife (a very sharp knife - this is not something your ordinary table knife will cut!) to dig in. The apple began quickly disappearing after that. Everyone was amazed by how delicious it was.

One friend didn't eat all her topping, as it was too thick for her. I'm not actually sure how that's possible, but to each her own. I could eat the topping just on its own (and yes, Mrs. Prindable's does sell just caramels and chocolate covered caramels without the apples, too). Some of my friends commented on how messy it was, as well. I will grant you that the chocolate and toppings on the apple do tend to chip off somewhat as you're cutting the apple, but there is more than enough left on it. I don't have an issue with the droppings (hey, more for me to eat later, right?), but I can see some personalities wanting a more traditional caramel apple that is easier to eat.

There was only a little of the apple left after bunco, and I'm pretty sure that was because they were simply stuffed. It's possible I put out a lot of food. Lots. The apples claim to serve 10-12 people, and I can see why. With the thick layer of caramel and chocolate and more toppings, it is very rich. Fortunately the apple helps make it healthy. Healthier. And it comes in dark chocolate, too. Am I justifing now?

Back to my point. I put the little bit of apple into an airtight container in my fridge after bunco. I had the last of it tonight as a treat. After two full days of being cut into, the apple was only slightly browned on the exposed skin, but it tasted juuuuuuust as good as it did on Friday night. There is now officially no apple left.


I don't have any apples to give away myself, but I've heard that if you like Mrs. Prindable's on Facebook, they do apple giveaways a couple time a month.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a Jumbo Apple from Mrs. Prindable's for review purposes. I received no compensation, and all opinions expressed are my own.

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