As I got older and developed my own holiday traditions, I lost track of Aplets and Cotlets. I was more than a little pleased, then, when samples of them landed on my desk in honor of the 75th anniversary of the company that makes them. Along with the samples was a brief history of the confections: In the early years of this century, it seems, two Armenian immigrants from Turkey chanced to meet, went into business together, and eventually founded Liberty Orchards in the eastern Washington community of Cashmere. They grew a lot of apples and, at one point, had the idea of using them to make a version of a treat they remembered from their childhoods. It worked, and Aplets—as they were dubbed—were marketed as "The Confection of the Fairies". Next came Cotlets, made with apricots.