Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Flavor Trippin'

This past Christmas I gave the coworkers in my department homemade cheesecake brownies. The year before I made Chex Muddy Buddies. I thought it was a safe bet because everyone likes goodies, right? Yummmm makes me want to make some Muddy Buddies! So good!

My coworker Dana went with a slightly different approach. She had been talking up her gift for weeks and I was very, very intrigued. The day before Christmas Eve we brought our gifts to work to exchange. Dana handed out little bags which contained a lime, a miniature bottle of Tabasco sauce and two red tablets. What the heck -- craziest Christmas present ever! Love it.

The tablets were Miracle Berry Fruit Tablets, which contain Miracle Berry powder and corn starch.

According to its Wikipedia entry: "The Miracle Fruit plant (Synsepalum dulcificum) produces berries that, when eaten, cause sour foods (such as lemons and limes) consumed later to taste sweet. The berry, also known as Miracle Berry, Magic Berry, Miraculous Berry or Flavour Berry, was first documented by explorer Chevalier des Marchais who searched for many different fruits during a 1725 excursion to its native West Africa. Marchais noticed that local tribes picked the berry from shrubs and chewed it before meals. ...

"The berry contains an active glycoprotein molecule, with some trailing carbohydrate chains, called miraculin. When the fleshy part of the fruit is eaten, this molecule binds to the tongue's taste buds, causing sour foods to taste sweet. While the exact cause for this change is unknown, one hypothesis is that the effect may be caused if miraculin works by distorting the shape of sweetness receptors so that they become responsive to acids, instead of sugar and other sweet things. This effect lasts between thirty minutes and two hours."

Last Friday John and I decided to try out the miracle berry fruit tablets and have a little flavor trippin' party. We experimented with lemons, beer, hot Cheetos, sour Skittles, Tabasco and vinegar.

We also tried apples and oranges because according to the tablet's Web site, "Oranges (already quite sweet) tasted like they were imported from an Alien world or plucked straight from the Garden of Eden." Dude, how could you not try out oranges?!

When I received the gift, the first thing I thought was -- awesome blogging material! So of course, like a good blogger, I documented our flavor trippin' party. Wanna see?


Flavor Trippin' from sarah marie p on Vimeo.

p.s. A big thanks to Johnny for figuring out the video editing software on our computer. Yay! Thanks honey, you're a genius! And thanks to Dana for the weirdest Christmas present ever!

p.p.s. Have you ever tried a miracle berry or miracle berry fruit tablet? What did you think?

p.p.p.s. Ohmygosh I am so ridiculous in this video! Haha. It's pretty hilarious. I swear we sound like we're high/drunk or something. Really, I promise, we're not. Miracle berries are totally legal! I think.

25 comments:

*jimaie.marie* said...

hilarious. I just rewatched the video with Malachi and Isaiah and they were CRACKING UP!! LOL
ok so I think we should totally have a flavor trippin experience on my bday, i'm totes going to order some of these on ebay!
i think you and john need to submit an image to the think geek sight, you guys are so freakin funny, i love it.

Steph said...

THIS WAS HILARIOUS! I want to flavor trip!! Duuuuuuude. Gosh that was so incredibly funny. How were the sour skittles, how long did it last?

Design Gal said...

guys, you be trippin'!

okay, i just laughed soooo hard! you guys are so cute and hilarious! my favorite was when you "swigged" the tabasco sauce! Oh my gosh, so funny!

Tristan said...

Oh,wow..they sound so cool!!!

Morgan said...

that was so hilarious, sarah, hahahahaha. the tabasco was my favorite part, lol! those things sound crazy!

sarah marie p said...

@Steph
The hot Cheetos, sour skittles and chocolate basically tasted normal. Hmmm maybe the sour skittles were slightly less sour. I don't know why I thought hot Cheetos would taste any different - I didn't think about the fact that the tablets only have an effect on sour or bitter foods, not spicy foods. Then again Tabasco is spicy. Hmmm ... maybe Tabasco is more bitter than hot Cheetos? Or hot Cheetos aren't real food! Just a bunch of junk. ha. Hmmm the miracle berry is so mysterious!

Oh, and I didn't end up tasting the ketchup because after the combo of lemons, vinegar, beer and Tabasco, my tummy wasn't feeling too good afterward! Ouchie!

The effect of the Miracle Berry tablets lasted for about an hour.

Allison said...

You two are hilarious. I love it. That was such a cute and fun video. Yay for Sarah and Johnny.

How was the orange?

sarah marie p said...

@Allison
Ooh dang, did the orange part get edited out? The orange was really, really yummy!

The apple was meh but I don't like Red Delicious apples anyway -- and the apple was from 7-11 so you know that's not a good sign! haha.

Sara McGinness said...

that is hilarious, one of the funniest video blogs I have ever seen. I can not stop laughing about it. I love how Johnny pushes you to swig the tabasco because it makes a good blog. What a good husband :) Seriously I have heard about the miracle berries before but haven't heard of anyone really trying them. Makes me want to.

hilarious!

Ashley said...

Oh my goodness, you two are wonderful!

This so freaking awesome. I say more blogs of you and John. More! More, I say! You have so much fun together. :)

Ashley said...

hahahahahahahahahaha.. ooooh my god. i love you guys soooo much. you are so cute and fun and adorable. and that video was the best ever! I love when you said CRAZY PANTS.. and johnny is the most fun ever. i love you two, you have so much fun together.

love love!

Megan said...

That is hilarious and so very weird. Japan has the coolest(?) products. I am still stuck on the Stella beer in a bottle. We can't get it in Oklahoma. Boo.

Talia said...

I laughed so hard I literally almost peed my pants!!! OH my gosh, you guys win the award for funniest video blog EVER. Seriously. I heart you two, you're just adorable and funny and fun and lovable. I could not get over the noises you made after the Tobasco... hahahahahaha! Oh, Sarah. :)

I really want to try these tablets now. I'm so curious! Although, I think I may wait until my tummy is more in its normal state...

Katelin said...

okay this was totally on an episode of csi: ny just recently, haha. but man that just sounds trippy, but pretty dang cool too.

*jimaie.marie* said...

owww, my lip is STILL burninggg!!!! LOL!!

Steph said...

Okay my husband and I just watched it again (well again for me, first time for him) and his request: where is the link so we can buy some of that shizzz.

direct quote btw.

:)

Britt said...

Oh my gosh. Did you guys have the worst indigestion ever after trying all that stuff?
Why you gotta waste a good Stella like that?
One day, y'all are gonna have kids, and then I'm gonna show them this video. I'll say, "Come little ones. Come look at Aunt Britt's laptop, and watch your parents' weirdness." It will be a good day.

yesandofcourse said...

oh. my. gosh. this is the funniest thing ever. please, please, please you and john should just stay home and make videos together all the time. i haven't laughed this hard while staring at my computer in a really long time!

hi!
this is shannon hunter by the way.

apricot tea. said...

Seriously, I am crying, that's how much I was laughing. You guys are so funny!

I've never heard of these pills... but they sound interesting. I don't know if I would ever use them (I'm a little scared of them, haha!) but kudos to you for trying it out for me. ;]

Woo, I'm still reeling from that video. All your little faces & sound effects were hilarious.

Sarah said...

"eh - like BARF!"

hahahahahahahahahahaha. i can't get over it. you guys get an A++ for this video!

Sarah said...

SARAH MARIE, I have never been giddier to share my name with you, seriously you are downright adorable and I can't believe we haven't met. oh and also, I miss chatting with you at work. And Jonny sooo funny, I want to meet him too!

your wishcake. said...

Hahahaha! That was the greatest thing ever! People should have flavor tripping parties or something. Freaking awesome. :)

I love how you're all, "They're not drugs." Heehee! I love it!

You two are too adorable.

Kyla Bea said...

lol I love the vinegar reaction! Too funny - I want to know where I can get some of these!

Emily said...

That is crazy!!! I've never heard of those, but the video was absolutely hilarious!!!

Mermanda said...

I kept meaning to watch this when I wasn't at work and kept forgetting! I finally watched and it was so funny! I especially love the face you make when you take a swig of the tobasco. Brave girl.