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PRODUCT: Chunky Applesauce

Grandma Hoerner’s Big Slice Applesauce
is the chunkiest you’ll find. Photo by
River Soma | THE NIBBLE.


Well, “chunky” may not be the most accurate word.

Grandma Hoerner’s makes a specialty applesauce called Big Slice, because the applesauce is mostly large slices of apples, just like in a pie—but stewed to softness instead of baked.

Grandma Hoerner was raised on an apple orchard in Kansas, and began making applesauce in the late 1880s. Her grandson, Duane McCoy, began bottling and selling Grandma’s recipe in 1986. And we really like it.

The applesauce is made from all-natural, slow cooked apples. No sugar is added; the products are sweetened with fruit juice. In addition to the original All Natural Big Slice, Grandma Hoerner’s makes several varieties with added fruits or spices:

  • Apricot Big Slice
  • Candy Apple Big Slice
  • Cinnamon Big Slice
  • Raspberry Big Slice
  • Raspberry Jalapeno Big Slice
  • Strawberry Big Slice

    We tried the original Big Slice applesauce, plus the Apricot and Strawberry versions. Compared to the glamour of the compound flavors, the original flavor was the plain sister. Go for the Cinnamon instead.

    We loved Apricot and Strawberry, and look forward to trying the rest of the line. And at $5.50 for a 26-ounce jar, they’re a good value.

    The products are available at They can be enjoyed as a side or dessert. Packaged in attractive Mason jars, they make inexpensive small gifts and stocking stuffers.

    Thanks, Grandma Hoerner.


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