Fall has always been something of a special time of year. Labor Day has passed, and Halloween and Thanksgiving aren’t too far away. People associate the season with cooling temperatures, harvests, football, and a specific lineup of foods, from turkey to pumpkin and … well, everything.
And apples. Apple-picking season peaks in September and October, and with all those apples comes the question of what to do with them. Do you eat them as nature intended? Or do you turn them into something else, like applesauce or apple pie?
Sweet Harvest Fried Apples with Cinnamon are an Aldi Find, which means they’re only around for a little while. They cost $1.19 for a 14.5-ounce can, which comes out to about 8.2 cents an ounce — much less than I’d pay at my local big-inventory grocer, I might add. Ours didn’t have a pop top, so you’ll need a can opener for it.
The can boasts that it contains no artificial preservatives or artificial ingredients, and the apples are fat-free, although I’d sort of hope that last part was true either way, these being apples and all. The can lining, in addition, claims to be made “without the intentional addition of BPA.”
The ingredients list includes apples, water, sugar, modified corn starch, brown sugar, salt, ascorbic acid, cinnamon, and the ever-mysterious natural flavor. That’s more ingredients than if you made fried apples yourself — the added sugar especially — but that’s also probably the trade-off for canned food.
They’re good. The apples are tender but firm — something we don’t always see with canned fruit — and they’ve got a solid flavor. The syrup isn’t quite as thick as we might like, but the cinnamon flavor is complementary without being overwhelming. We recommend heating them up (we used the microwave) for a little while before eating.
Sweet Harvest Fried Apples are a cheap and easy way to get a fried apple fix. Homemade fried apples are best in our book, but if you can’t do that these do fine in a pinch.