In 2010, Japanese scientists developed the world’s first scientific taste sensor – a machine that mimics a human’s perception of taste. By artificially re-creating human tongue cells, they were able to identify specific flavor combinations and the resulting chemical reactions.
Through countless taste experiments, the scientists discovered new and unexpected flavors could be created by mixing two completely unrelated foods. These semi-recipes are currently taking the online community by storm, with thousands of people reporting blogpost verifications. Here are some of the most popular and odd food combinations developed by the foodie scientists.
1. Cucumber + Honey = Melon
Cut the cucumber into bite-size slices and drizzle honey over them. Close your eyes and enjoy the melon-esque flavor. (Tip: the more time you allow for the honey to become absorbed by the cucumber, the more it will taste like melon.)
2. Milk + Vinegar = Yogurt
Mix half a cup of water with just a few drops of vinegar. Stir and be ready to taste the tart, creaminess of plain yogurt.
3. Tomato + Sugar = Strawberry
The tanginess of tomatoes and sweetness of sugar fuses into the flavor of fresh strawberries. Like the melon, the longer you allow for the sugar to be absorbed by the tomatoes, the more it will taste like strawberries.
4. Coffee + Carbonated Water = Vienna Sausage
The bitterness of the coffee and the unique texture of carbonated water combine to formulate the burnt, savory flavor of Vienna sausage. Although it seems like an odd combination, the aftertaste of the mixture will catch you by surprise.
5. Oolong Tea + Soda = Beer
By blending bitter and savory oolong tea with a plain soda like Sprite, you can create a flavor very similar to beer. Caution: only the flavor is mimicked, not the sedative, hypnotic effects.