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Flavor Tripping Miracle Fruit Party

October 17, 2017

Go flavor tripping with a miracle berry! Gather friends and a number of foods to challenge your taste buds.

My friend Dan told me about these miracle berries that temporarily affect your taste buds. The miracle berry looks like a cherry tomato and originated in West Africa. Its nickname is miracle fruit or miracle berry because it makes sour and bitter things taste sweet!

I bought Mberry tablets on Amazon ($25 for 20 tablets) for our flavor tripping party. The tablet is made from the real fruit, and the flavor trip lasts about 20-30 minutes. We tasted a few things before the tablet to get a reference. We let the tablet sit and swirl on our tongues to melt and coat. After it melted, we slowly tried different things. Some of us needed two tablets.

Here’s what we tasted:

  • Dill pickles
  • IPA beer
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Pineapple
  • Blackberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Strawberries
  • Limes
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Salt and vinegar chips
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Rice vinegar
  • Guinness beer
  • Goat cheese
  • Brussels sprouts

The taste change was subtle. Most items were less sour and sweeter. The biggest taste reaction came from limes. There was no pucker and it tasted like sweet limeade. The rice vinegar was also a bigger shock than the other bites. Surprisingly, the IPA, Brussels sprouts, and Guinness were still bitter. (Guinness was supposed to taste like a chocolate milkshake.) Maybe those flavors are so strong they two tablets. Overall, anything sour and tart lost its pucker and sweet things were sweeter.

If you try this at home, remember to moderate the amount you consume because while it might taste good, too much acid is bad for your stomach.

What are these tablets for other than flavor tripping parties? Some people take the berry if they have diabetes or are dieting. This satisfies the sweet cravings and makes less sweet foods more palatable. It’s also been popular with cancer patients. Flavor tripping parties had a resurgence after this 2008 New York Times article was published.

For clarification, this “flavor trip” does not have any mental/psychedelic effects. It’s a temporary change in your taste buds.

Want to throw your own flavor tripping party? Buy some tablets and ask friends to bring over sour and bitter items to taste. It will definitely test what you think you know about flavors.

Have you tried these miracle berries before? What did you think? What other foodie parties would you recommend?

P.S. Have you seen these foodie party posts?

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  • Kaylin October 17, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Fascinating! So what do the miracle berries taste like? Or the tablets, I guess?

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations October 17, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      They don’t taste like much. A little bitter and sweet. I have some extra you can try!

      • Kaylin October 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

        I’d love to! I was sad to miss this party. Keep a couple on hand for me. 🙂

  • Kate / @heyescapist October 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I took these tablets with a friend a few years back, & we tried all kinds of stuff. Like you, I didn’t notice a huge change, except for with sour things, which didn’t taste sour at all – like, Sour Patch Kids were totally sweet instead. I’d like to try it again now, just for fun. I’d forgotten all about it!

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations October 23, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Cool! Yes, the change was subtle but in eating the same things the next day (like a Granny Smith Apple) the tart flavors were definitely more shocking!