Check Out These Apples That Don’t Actually Brown (Photo)


By Cooking Panda

Opal Apples are here to change your lunch game.

Apples are delicious and nutritious, but it can be a real pain when you spend a ton of time and effort removing the core and slicing them up just so, only to find that the perfectly ripe fruit wedges turn an offensive, dull shade of brown in just minutes.

Now, a little lemon juice can certainly help slow down that process, but it’s not going to completely save your slices from oxidizing. If you want to cut up an apple the night before for lunch, you might have some problems.

When you have kids, this can be tough. Around 46 percent of parents said in an Opal Apple/SurveyMonkey study that their kids don’t touch or barely nibble on whole apples, while 50 percent of parents said that their kids won’t touch fruit that is even slightly brown, according to Business Wire.

But Opal Apples are different, or at least that’s what the company says. The Washington-grown apples naturally oxidize really slowly, so you’ll have a lot more time to eat them before they change colors.

“Opal apples can’t be compared to an everyday apple,” says the fruit’s website. “These sunny fruits are like none other — with a beautiful appearance, distinctively crunchy texture, floral aroma and a sweet, tangy flavor. But one of the most incredible and natural features of this apple is that it does not brown after cutting. So an Opal a day will keep your salads — and your kids’ lunchboxes — crisp and fresh.”

Supermarkets like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Walmart are selling them between November and March, and Opal wants you to know that their apples are verified not to be GMO by the Non-GMO Project.

“We want consumers to have confidence that Opal is not a GMO product and not confuse Opal with the new GMO variety currently under consideration by the USDA,” said Keith Mathews, CEO of FirstFruits Marketing, told Fresh Plaza. “We understand that some consumers are concerned about GMO products and felt it was important to clarify the natural non-browning characteristic is just that — natural.”

Sources: Business Wire, Opal Apples (2), Fresh Plaza / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Opal Apples

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Hershey’s Introduces New Syrup With Only 5 Ingredients


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Hershey’s is introducing a simpler version of its iconic chocolate syrup, Simply 5. This new syrup, with just five ingredients, boasts no high-fructose corn syrup, non-GMO ingredients, and no artificial flavors or preservatives.

“People are looking for products that taste great and have ingredients that they recognize, know and trust,” explained Kriston Ohm, senior brand manager for Hershey’s Syrups and Toppings, as reported by Business Wire. “Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup is another way to share the sweetness and the memories that our iconic syrup evokes, with five simple ingredients and nothing else.”

The five ingredients are cocoa, water, real vanilla beans, pure cane sugar, and organic invert cane syrup, which is derived from sugar cane. To compare, the regular chocolate syrup contains high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, cocoa, sugar, potassium sorbate, salt, monoglycerides and diglycerides, xanthan gum, polysorbate 60, and vanillin, as noted by Brand Eating.

Simply 5 is The Hershey Company’s way of demonstrating its commitment to simplicity. With the launch of the new syrup, Hershey’s is encouraging customers to share the simple things for which they are grateful on social media with the #Simply5 hashtag.

“In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, making time for traditions can seem daunting,” said Ohm. “We want to show people that it doesn’t have to be complicated, so we’re asking them to share a five word recount of what made their day sweet with #Simply5. It’s all about celebrating the sweetness in everyday moments.”

Sources: Business Wire, Brand Eating / Photo credit: Consumer Queen

Tags: chocolate syrup, Hershey's, no artificial flavors or preservatives, non-GMO, Simply 5
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