In South Korea, a kiss apple works in the same secretive way as a breath mint quickly inserted in the mouth when no one is looking.

The home of many pungent and heavily infused garlic dishes, a shared dinner followed by a possible good night kiss could have disastrous and very unromantic consequences.

Enter the “kiss apple” small enough to stash in a purse or pocket and big enough to pack a  “breath wallop” for some of life’s biggest moments.

About the size of a ping-pong ball, the creators of this “do-it-yourself bad breath treatment” have another agenda: encouraging youth to eat more apples.

“We want young people to eat many apples and came up with the idea of portable apples for  bags. We can mass produce the species with stronger functions that control food odors in as few as two years,” said Hwang Hye-sung, a researcher at South Korea’s Rural Development Administration.

Apples are known to help freshen breath naturally and remove pieces of food stuck in the teeth, but some were still skeptical about the effects of the “kiss apple” on a romantic mood, which could be easily ruptured by the sudden sound of a mysterious chomping sound.

Breath mints slowly move aside for the moment and kiss apple, your time has come.









M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.