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
- 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?