At the beginning of the 20th century, Liberty Orchards's founders Mark Balaban and Armen Tertsagian arrived in America and made their way to the "Vale of Cashmere" in the orchard country of Washington State. There they purchased an apple farm and named it "Liberty Orchards" in honor of their new homeland. Soon, they were producing more apples than they could sell, and had the idea to recreate "locoum," a favorite Old World confection, using their surplus fruit and local walnuts. They named their new candy Aplets, and a few years later they added Cotlets, made with apricots and walnuts. Since then, Liberty Orchards has created a delicious variety of fruit confections. They still use only the finest ingredients slow-cooked to sweet perfection in small batches. More Reasons to Love Liberty Orchards Aplets & Cotlets Candies: No artificial flavors or colors; No cholesterol and low in sodium; No saturated fats or trans fats; Made with heart-healthy nuts.