Have you ever wondered what a sweet lemon or lime tastes like? Or maybe you've never been one for a shot of tequila? Well, do I have the answer/solution for you. Flavor tripping.
It all started with YouTube, like any good story would. We all know that feeling when you’ve been aimlessly scrolling through the vortexes of YouTube for hours and end up in the really weird part, right? I came across ‘flavor tripping’ videos and found out it was as easy as ordering some cheap pills off of Amazon. I was all in — you bet I ordered the Miracle Frooties by the end of the first video.
When I took the tablets I started tripping — my pupils began to dilate, my body started tingling, and my temperature went through the roof.
Okay, I'm kidding.
I did in fact try flavor tripping though, and it got WEIRD.
#SpoonTip: Stock up on naturally sour foods, because these pills will make a lemon taste like CANDY.
How Does Flavor Tripping Work?
Flavor tripping occurs when a berry from West Africa known as the miracle fruit is made into tablets, which are to be rolled around and dissolved on the tongue. The miracle fruit contains miraculin, a protein that changes the way taste buds react to food — making sour foods sweet and sweet foods literally candy. The effects last anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours. From my experience, it only lasted about 10 minutes. I tested a variety of foods while trippin', and here's what happened.
When Life Gives You Lemons
First up: Lemons.
Y'ALL... straight-up the lemon juice tasted like sweet, SWEET lemonade. TBH, I had a hard time moving on to the next food because I just wanted to grab a straw and slurp up the entire bottle.
When Life Doesn't Give You Lemons, Give Limes A Shot
Yet another extremely sour food turned sweet. Have you ever had the desire to bite into a lime and eat it like a ripe, juicy orange? Well, I hadn't either — until I flavor tripped. The intense, burning sensation coming from my lips reminded me that I was, in fact, eating a sour lime like a savage.
Olive you, Olives
I LOVE olives, so I was a little worried that eating them while flavor tripping would ruin them for me. Unfortunately (maybe fortunately), there was no effect.
I've Got A Pickle, Hey Hey Hey
This one may be a real crowd-pleaser, but for me, it's a no. I like my pickles like my personality — sour with a little kick. The miracle berries made the pickles VERY sweet, so if you're into ruining your pickles, this one's for you.
We've all had that weak moment while sprinkling some sugar on our fruit and looking up like a guilty puppy to see if anyone was watching. Put the sugar down and report for flavor tripping — no sugar needed anymore.
I've Got the Sauce
Mustard, ketchup, and hot sauce — that is. I've dreamt of a world without sauce, and it's horrifying. Nowadays sauce is a religion, and everyone is preachin'. The miracle berries had the least effect on the sauces. If anything, the tastes of all three sauces became slightly stronger.
We all know that girl who can drink tequila like water... well, thanks to flavor tripping, we can all be that girl. Forget the salt and lime — go ahead and grab the bottle, we won't judge you, we'll join you.
Poppin' the miracle fruit tablet and testing some common household foods is a must-try for everyone. Some people have even started to host flavor tripping parties for thrill-seeking guests.
Flavor tripping is the ultimate WTF experience — my jaw was actually sore from dropping so many times. Not fully convinced? Head on over to YouTube, and you'll be ordering them by the third video. Give Spoon TTU a shout out when you do.