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.