The History


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In the early 1900’s, two young Armenian immigrants became friends and headed to Cashmere with hopes of a successful business venture. They bought an apple farm, Liberty Orchards, and quickly began looking for new ways for their surplus fruit to not go to waste.

Thus, began the apple dehydration, and a new business of Northwest Evaporating. Soon after came Wenatchee Valley Foods, a cannery where jam was made from apples and plums.


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The cannery took off and was the main business in the 1930’s and 40’s. But when they still had more surplus food- they came up with another winning idea. They wanted to make ‘Rahat Locoum’ which is a candy popular in the East. This is what we now know as, Aplets ® (apples and walnuts.) Cotlets ® soon followed, made from apricots and walnuts.

Sadly, Armen and Mark passed away in 1952 and 1956 and they would never know the great success they became after the 1962 Century 21 World’s Fair. The fair was held in Seattle, and the new owners, John Chakirian and Dick Odabashian, made sure that the product was up for show. Which of course, was a hit.

 

Nowadays

Today visitors can buy more than just Aplets ® and Cotlets, ®. They can enjoy varying flavours such as strawberry, raspberry, orange, blueberry, peach and pineapple among other delicious convections.

Every year, over 80,000 visitors head to Cashmere just for Aplets and Cotlets, where you can take a tour and of course, buy your favourite treat.

 

The Factory Tour

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From January through March, Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30pm, you can visit, tour, and sample fresh delicious treats. April through December, 8:30 amuntil 5pm, Saturday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

For an idea of what to expect on this famous factory tour, here is a great video that the company has put together for future visitors.

Not to Dispare

If you or a loved one are sugar or nut free, there are still gorgeous options for you here! Not to mention the endless chocolates, Turkish Delights, snacks, fruit delights and more available for purchase.

Living too far from Cashmere but still want to order your favourite treat? Not to fear, the internet is here! (Online purchasing link.)


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