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Nov 26, 2009 11:25 AM

Apple Fritter Search!

When I was a kid, the Woolco store in downtown Kitchener sold these delicious apple fritters that were knobby, crunchy on the outside, dark brown, and coated in sugary glaze. Can these be found in the West end of Toronto or anywhere in the GTA? These are not the pale yellowish square fritters found at Tim Horton's - they're irregular shaped (no two are the same), and just wonderful! I've looked at the St. Lawrence, and not found them there.



PS - I've attached a pic of what it looks like from memory.

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  1. I am also a fan of apple fritters. I have to say that I've had the one that Starbucks sells and it's great when warmed up a bit.

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    1. re: Yongeman

      There used to be a coffee shop on Yonge, south of Bloor (it must be nearly 20 years ago), that had trays of fresh apple fritters stacked in their front window every morning. They looked just like in the picture above, and they were fantastic. You had to get there early though, because by the mid-afternoon they started to taste like cigarette smoke....

      The ones at Starbucks are pretty good.

      1. re: Yongeman

        Second the Starbucks recommendation. It looks somewhat like the picture, too. However, I agree with cynalan about the ones at the St. Jacob's Farmers' Market. But, they are a different beast altogether.

        1. re: Yongeman

          sample of two, but both times I got the craving to try the one's at Starbucks they were stale, very stale in one case.

          1. re: bytepusher

            Too bad. Best to ask how old they are before purchasing, I suppose...

            1. re: Full tummy

              Also ask them to warm it up...brings it back to life, so to speak.

          1. I saw the picture and remembered this donut shop in Pape/Oconnor area that I worked near several years ago. Think it was called Donut Castle or something like that. However, then I tried a real apple fritter at the St. Jacobs Market. Wow, real apple slices, battered, deep fried and dusted in cinnamon sugar. Fresh out of the fryer they are absolutely to die for. You gotta give em a try.

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            1. re: cynalan

              Second that - they are fabulous - a bunch of us Oakville moms would drop the kids at school and zip down to St Jacob's on a Thursday morning for the farmer's market and grab a box of those sinful delights - best eaten right on the spot, just outside -especially on a chilly day - nothing better to warm the spirit - then survey the bargains and head back just in time to pick the kids up - great fun (except when the traffic didn't cooperate or we'd get lost :) !

            2. I love apple fritters, and think that you could buy ones that looked like that at some of the donut shops as recently as 20 years ago. I haven't seen them in ages. I remember the crunch parts of the dough being really tasty. They don't make them like they used to!

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              1. re: foodyDudey

                Bentley's, at Bathurst and Eglinton, used to make artery clogging monster fritters. They'd head them up and the glaze would nearly burn your fingers. Yum! I think Bentley's is long gone, but every once in a while, I get a hankering for one of those. Is there an independent doughnut (not do-nut) shop anywhere within the GTA still making fresh apple fritters? I love it when the peel is still on the apples.

              2. Not exactly a fritter, but one of my favourites is an apple dumpling. This is a complete cored apple baked in pastry. Not as sweet as a fritter - but I prefer it less sugary. I get these at The Danish Pastry Shop at 1017 Pape.


                They only make them in Winter, and have often run out. Phone ahead and arrive early.