Rockit apples may be a tiny apple but they are big on flavor. A great snacking size for the kids.
Apples don't need to be large.
I see advertisements in stores talking about extra large Honeycrisp apples or JUMBO apples.
To me, bigger is not better when it comes to apples.
I like a smaller apple.
Because I actually like the skin. When I bite into a small apple I can get skin in each and every bite. Plus I think often the flavor of super large apples can be disluted. Now this isn't always the case, but it can be with some apples. I have had large apples that were quite good too. I just missed getting skin in each bite.
Stocking up on small apples is always on my radar. My favorite small apple is the Chestnut Crab. It's actually large for crap apple-sake. It's an apple that is sweet with enough tartness and has a great, nutty flavor.
Sadly those apples are only available for a limited time in the fall and pretty much only at farmer's market here in the Midwest. That is why I am excited to be talking about the apple in today's post - the Rockit. This is a small apple that is available in grocery stores like Walmart nationwide.
What is a Rockit Apple?
Let me give you a little background history on the Rockit apple - they originated from New Zealand as a cross between Gala and Gala Splendor apples. The apple naturally grows this size. They aren't just packing small Gala apples as Rockit, it's a unique variety.
The apples were first shipped out of New Zealand in 2010. Rockit is now also grown in the Pacific Northwest. Those apples can be found in stores in the last fall and winter months.
What Do Rockit Apple Taste Like?
The Rockit apple is a sweet apple, which you would expect from all of it's Gala DNA! It is crisp as well. I think they hold their crispiness longer in stores than Gala apples do, which give the m a huge leg up and why if you are a sweet apple fan, you should chose Rockit over Gala in the winter.
The first Rockit apples I have were from New Zealand. Unfortunately by the time I found them in the store, they were not in their prime. The apples were too soft.
Out of all the apples on the market, Rockit comes in the most unique packaging. I have seen them in what looks like a container that tennis balls come in. Or in the pail that you saw the lid for at the top of this blog post. My middle daughter decided to save the pail and use it with some of her toys. So we recycled it!
Where to Find Rockit Apples?
I have mentioned this on a couple other apple post already this year, but I can't help but again share my excitement for the fruit locator on Chelan Fresh's website - which will help you locate who sells them.
The locator gives you specific information on when apple shipments arrived at stores. You can track where they are going and get an idea of whether or not they may them in stock (you can always call a store to confirm).
The store that I have had the most success finding them at is for sure Walmart.
Other Apples to Try
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My daughter enjoys this apple, it's her favorite. She is going off to college and wants to know where to buy them in the town she's in.
Let me know what zipcode she will be in and I can give you some ideas of what stores to look for.
cant find these apples anywhere!
I haven't seem them lately either. You may find some in stores from New Zealand around now, but better chance to find them is in the late fall/early winter when they are coming out of Washington.
Best apple ever !!!!!
I live in Anaheim California. How can buy them
Check your closet Sprouts store. They should have them now.
Rockits are my latest obsession. Perfect size for a quick snack and great flavor. I love having a travel-size fruit. It's a sturdy apple as well since, being snack-sized, I've tossed a couple in my purse and forgot about them for a couple of days. They weren't bruised and were still wonderfully crisp.
I love their small size too. I like having a piece of skin in every bite.
I happened to find a bin filled with bags of Rockit apples, so I grabbed a bag. They were delicious and have been hooked! I usually go for pink ladies, Fuji or honeycrisp, but these are perfect. I found them at Albertsons, I live in California.
Hey everyone! I live in New Jersey and found these apples at my local Lidl. (German chain similar to Aldi.)
I am a honey crisp fan. But in my quest to constantly improve the variety in my children's lunches, I bought these itty bitty 3 bite apples.
I use a bentgo lunch organizer for my 1st and second grader, and normal apples don't fit in the slots without slicing them up. Of course they turn brown and the kids won't touch them! Rockits didn't exactly solve that problem, because they're still just a little too big... but they're small enough to fit into their snack containers and that's even better!
They're delicious, hardly have a core and have a very unique taste compared to other apples. The skin is firm and the crunch is the kind that makes you so happy that you have to google the apple so you can leave a comment where someone cares!
I love these little dudes. I hope they explode in popularity.
Thanks for sharing. I am glad you found them. I like their small size for kids too.
I bought a 3-pack in a container that looks like it would be for tennis balls. For the life of me, I can't open it! I've tried popping the green cap, twisting it and nothing works. What's the trick?
You know I only got them that way once. And I can't recall if I had problems or not. Maybe cut it open with some scissors while being cautious of course.
Found them first part of January, my Grand daughter and I love them....I don't know about anybody else because we decided not to share, let 'em buy there own. Seriously, so sweet crispy and the perfect size for a diabetic and for a 4 year old with discerning taste
Thanks for sharing. What a fun thing to share with your granddaughter.
Just found them yesterday, at the 99 Cents Store in SoCal! They are so sparkly-juicy-crunchy. Had never seen them, before. I looked them up, when I got home - and found this site. I not only ate one, savoring every crunch-with-juice bite, but came back five minutes afterwards for another one! If you like Honey-Crisp, or Pinata - then you will find these small-but-mighty fine treats to be a delightful must-have.
Glad to hear they are still tasting good at this time of year.
Would like to know if the rockit apples are in any other stores than just walmart?
The only other place I saw them was a small local chain in Michigan. I am keeping my eyes out.
I just found these at Ralph's in chula vista ca. I am in love. I brought them home and devoured two right away. They looked so tantalizing in the store and are super sweet even better than my favorite sweetango or ambrosia.
Glad to hear you found them and are liking them.