I pull out a packet of pink tablets, split them in half, and pass them around.
"Let it dissolve on your tongue, okay?" I instruct. My sister watches suspiciously.
"I will not participate in your drug usage," she says with distaste.
Yeah, we were tripping. Flavor tripping.
The pills were made of something called miracle fruit. When consumed, it causes sour foods to taste sweet. Weird, right? It's because of something called miraculin, which binds to the sweet taste buds. Not much is known about exactly how it works, but it's pretty cool.
Biting into a slice of lemon tastes like a sweet, delicious glass of lemonade. Ordinary strawberries seem like they're rolled in sugar. A sip of prosecco is fruity and bubbly, without the alcohol-y taste I dislike about alcohol (as you may have noticed, I'm kind of a teetotaler. And underage). I had heard goat cheese tasted like frosting or cheesecake, but when I had a bit, it tasted rancid. It was putrid. No idea why. Everyone tastes things differently I suppose. No one else tried it due to my intense negative reaction, but I'd be curious to know if anyone else experienced this.
|The tablets themselves are kind of weird tasting. As evidenced by my brother's face.|
Flavor tripping is a fun way to play with food. They even have parties dedicated to it. I got my tablets on Think Geek, so if you're interested, get some friends together and try out flavor tripping for yourself!