Summer break is almost over….despite the warm weather in two short weeks my kidlets will be back at school and life order will be once again restored at Daily Organized Chaos.
Summer break in my family is all about fun….sun…water….camping…beaches…ice cream….pool….smore’s…
Of course I like to keep it interesting and throw little fun education in the mix.
During our travels we love to explore…..discover and learn new things. This summer wasn’t any different.
One of the highlights of this year summer exploration was a visit to Liberty Orchards Candy Factory and take part in their FREE tour of the factory and of course sampling of their delicious candies…..you might know as APLETS & COTLETS (among other kinds).
I’ve been buying Aplets & Cotlets candies for few years now and I never knew the history behind them or even where and how they were made…..till now.
During our recent trip exploring the beautiful Washington State we found ourselves in a city of Cashmere….(I still think it’s a small town)
After entering the town
Liberty Orchards Company is a family run and operated business that started in 1918 by two Armenian immigrants Armen Tertsagian and Mark Balaban.
After few failed business ventures in Seattle the two best friends decided to leave Seattle and look for new business opportunities and the American Dream in Eastern Washington….they settled in Vale of Cashmere and purchased an Apple Orchard which they named Liberty Orchards.
Times were tough in 1918 for orchardists so Armen and Mark were trying to find new ways to use their fruit…..Northwest Evaporating Cannery was born.
The cannery was a big success , but that did not stop the two friends and in 1940′s they decided to take their business to the next level…..candy making.
These were not just ordinary candies….the two friends decided to turn their childhood favorite treat Turkish Delight into a delicious confectionery using apples and walnuts.
After hours and hours of perfecting the recipe on their kitchen stove first Apple & Walnut Turkish Delight was born.
The candy was an immediate success and Armen and Mark decided to sell the “Confection of the Fairies” also known as APLETS across the Pacific Northwest. Few years later Liberty Orchards introduces new delicious confection using Apricots and Walnuts called COTLETS.
As of today Liberty Orchards are still busy as ever making delicious candies in many flavors and many variations as well as Orchard Bars (my youngest favorite) and other yummy delights…..and SUGAR FREE candies.
Liberty Orchards Company is still run by the family…..candies are still made on the premises by local people just like Armen and Mark did over 50 years ago.
So if you ever find yourself traveling trough the Eastern Washington looking for some sweet adventure take some time and visit Cashmere and Liberty Orchards…..don’t forget to sample their delicious candies….the candy factory tour is pretty cool too.
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