Aplets & Cotlets

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Aplets & Cotlets
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Place of originUnited States
Region or stateWashington
Created byArmen Tertsagian and Mark Balaban
Main ingredientsApples or Apricots, Walnuts, Powdered sugar
Food energy
(per 42g [3 pieces] serving)
150 kcal (628 kJ)
Similar dishesTurkish delight

Aplets & Cotlets is a lokum-type confection associated with the U.S. state of Washington. The candy is similar to Turkish Delight and was first developed in 1918 by apple farmers as a way to dispose of surplus crops. A 2009 effort to legally designate Aplets & Cotlets as Washington's official candy failed due to provincial competition between legislators from the state's two geo-cultural regions.


Aplets & Cotlets are small, gelatin-like confections baked in powdered-sugar around walnuts. They are similar in taste and consistency to Turkish Delight,[1] on which they are based, but the pectin in the fruit acts as a gelling agent.[2] Aplets are made with apples and Cotlets are made with apricots.[3]



Apples have traditionally been the most important cash crop in Washington. By the 1920s, the state had become the leading producer of the fruit in the United States. In 2003, Washington produced more apples than the rest of the United States combined.[4] In the early 20th century Armenian immigrants Armen Tertsagian and Mark Balaban, proprietors of an apple orchard in Cashmere, Washington, began producing Aplets as a way of disposing of their surplus crop; the idea for the candy came from their faint recollections of eating Turkish delight as children. Aplets were followed, several years later, with Cotlets. The candies were originally sold at a roadside fruit stand but gained greater attention in 1962 as a result of the Seattle World's Fair.[5][6]

Manufactured versions of the candy are limited to those produced by Liberty Orchards of Cashmere, Tertsagian and Balaban's original company. According to the firm, there is "not a huge market" for the product outside Washington, though in the late 1990s the company began limited retailing at national chain stores such as Target (the bulk of Aplet & Cotlet sales prior to this had been in local retailers like Frederick & Nelson, Bartell Drugs, and Pay 'n Save, and through its mail-order catalog). Despite their obscurity nationally, they are available at many farmstead style shops west of the Rocky Mountains. Recipes for homemade versions also exist.[7][8][9]

Official status[edit]

In 2009, members of the Washington State Legislature attempted to designate Aplets & Cotlets the "official candy of the state of Washington".[10] The measure faced opposition from some who felt Almond Roca or Mountain Bar should receive the honor instead.[11] In its report on the measure, the House of Representatives' Committee on Government and Tribal Affairs claimed that designating the candy as the state's official candy would help strengthen unity between the state's two geo-cultural regions, explaining that Aplets & Cotlets "represents the goal of one Washington – Eastern Washington where much of the fruit is grown and Western Washington where products use transportation links to get to market".[12] The bill ultimately failed to pass in 2009 and after a re-introduction in 2010.[13]


  1. ^ Raskin, Hannah (7 September 2011). "Discovering Washington's Aplets and Cotlets". Epicurious. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  2. ^ "FAQ & Tips". Liberty Orchards. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  3. ^ "The Liberty Orchards Story". Liberty Orchards. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  4. ^ Schotzko, Thomas (2003). A brief look at the Washington apple industry: past and present (PDF). Washington State University.
  5. ^ Baskas, Harriett (2011). Washington Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 152. ISBN 0762769009.
  6. ^ "Cashmere – Thumbnail History". historylink.org. HistoryInk. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  7. ^ Thorpe, Holly (30 November 2014). "Cashmere delights: 'Tis the season for Aplets and Cotlets". Wenatchee World. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Applets and Cotlets (Old-Fashioned Candy, Like Persian Delights)". food.com. Food Network. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Liberty Orchards Co., Inc". encyclopedia.com. HighBeam Research. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Aplets & Cotlets official candy?". Seattle Times. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  11. ^ Clement, Bethany (3 February 2009). "The Battle for the Official Candy of Washington State". The Stranger. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  12. ^ "House Bill Report: HB 1024" (PDF). Washington State Legislature. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  13. ^ "HB 1024, 2009–10". Washington State Legislature. Retrieved 23 March 2017.