"I Never Want to Drink Anything That's Not Lemon Juice."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Have you ever heard of flavor-tripping? I've been wanting to do it for a loooong time. And yes, I recognize that it sounds illegal. The New York Times assures you it's not.

My friend Joey bought "miracle fruit" tablets online, & though it sort of felt like we should be taking them at a rave while wearing glow-in-the-dark necklaces, we set up shop on my mom's back porch & prepared to trip. Our spread of foods came from the 24-hour Midwestern Mecca that is Sheetz & entailed, in part:

The instructions told us to let the tablets dissolve on our tongues. "THIS IS PROBABLY X," the Paranoid Future Jewish Mother section of my brain screamed. Needless to say, there was much skepticism:

I don't know what sort of packaging X comes in, but I suspect it's more like plastic baggies & less like cute Asian flowers:

And so we began, though not without trepidation:
This is my Trepidation Face.
And then... we ate! In truth, we were a bit disappointed in the strength of the miracle fruit tablets - which is to say that they weren't particularly strong. But the effects were still noticeable. Let's do a line-item analysis, shall we?
  • Glazed chocolate donut: Tasted just like a glazed chocolate donut
  • Guinness: Less beery, but certainly not the chocolate shake the New York Times promised me
  • Gummy bears: WAY TOO SWEET
  • Pineapple: Pineapple
  • Warheads: Shockingly unsour. Gimme another!
  • Limeade: Very sweet. No hint of sour. No hint of the gross way limeade typically tastes.
  • Lemon juice: Even sweeter. Please refer to title of post. I want, I want, I want. All of the times.
  • BBQ chips: My favorite chips tasted like cardboard. Do not want.
  • Salt & vinegar chips: Freaking amazing. I usually hate this flavor, but I had to refrain from my urge to nom the entire bag.
  • Tabasco sauce: Lingering spiciness, but by no means unbearable
  • Peanut butter fudge Oreos: Peanut butter fudge Oreos. No complaints here.
  • Blue cheese: Blue cheese. Complaints here.

The verdict: Worth a try, but I'd like to flavor trip again with the "right" foods on hand or the actual berries instead of just tablets - or maybe in a professional setting, like at the flavor-tripping parties hosted in big-city bars (D.C., I miss you).

Additional verdict: When I do it again, I will bring a vat of lemon juice. And also a pound of Tums. Those are for later, though I do wonder how they'd taste while trippin'...


  1. I remember reading that NYT article and being absolutely amazed. I'll go with the berries, if I try this, and not the tabs. Definitely sounds like a great excuse for a party!

  2. I've wanted to try this!!!! That sounds super fun.

  3. Seriously, we were going to have an ACTUAL party, but plans fell through, so
    we were just like, "Hey, let's do it RIGHT NOW!" at 11pm on a Thursday or
    something. But it was still fun, & totally worth a shot. Definitely go for
    the berries. Buy them from the berry guy mentioned in the NYT article.

  4. ...yeah, i was going to say... sounds like a stomach ache!

  5. Woah, I've never heard of such a thing. Now I want to trip (flavor) balls!!

  6. I've never even heard of this - how crazy! Did it have any lasting effects on your taste buds?

  7. None! We were back to normal within an hour or so

  8. That's just so... weird! And cool! But very weird. It's amazing how it messed with your taste buds!

  9. My best friend got me a pack for my birthday and we tried them before going to a Ke$ha concert thinking that $12 vodka would taste manageable.  It wasn't.  I had the same tablets that you had and although disappointed, I'll probably do it again.  But now, I'll be sure to have lemon juice on hand. :)

  10. Hahahahaha, I love that you took it solely to manage cheap vodka. Definitely
    grab some lemon juice & hot sauce next time. :)

  11. I love Sheetz. Love it to death.

    And I had totally forgotten about this phenomenon, but remember being very intrigued hearing about it.


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