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Recently, it was brought to my attention via several reliable news sources that there exists a new, exciting phenomenon known as “Flavor Tripping”. One can flavor trip by eating a miracle berry, which I like to call “magic berry” because magic is much more fun to say. According to this article from GuestofaGuest, Magic berries “trick your taste buds for about an hour to make sour, acidic food taste sweet.”
Magic berries have also been featured on NYMag’s website, which directed me to a magic berry “dealer” if you will – Miracleconnect.com, which delivers the berries to anyone in NYC. The site claims that when you eat a magic berry: Lemons instantly turn from sour to sweet. Even a bologna sandwich turns to cake. OMG, MAGIC.
According to Miracle Connect’s website, these are the steps for flavor tripping:
Step 1: Purchase a selection of citrus fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruits), vegetables (rhubarb), cheeses (Humboldt Fog, bleu cheese), beer (Guinness, other dark stouts), and tequila (the cheaper the better). Lay your goodies out on a big table.
Step 2: Wash your miracle berry. Step 2:Insert berry into mouth; swirl it around for approximately one minute, like a hard candy.
Step 3: Bite into berry. Coat tongue with the berry’s juice. At this point, the juice should be sweet. (There’s a seed in the middle. You can spit it out or swallow it).
Step 4: Taste a lemon wedge as a test. It should now taste like lemonade.
Step 5: Proceed without caution. (!!!)
What finally sealed the deal for me was reading this article on the NY Times website. Apparently, people have been getting together for flavor tripping parties. At said parties, tabasco sauce tastes like donut glaze. Lemon sorbet in guinness tastes like a chocolate milkshake, vinegar tastes like apple juice and goat cheese tastes like cheesecake. There’s even a video of the people at the party flavor tripping. It must be real then, right?
So, I did what any flavor-loving American would have done: I immediately went onto Miracle Connect’s website and bought some for myself. Six berries to be exact. For $24. Fine, whatever. It will be worth it, I told myself. You’re only young once! Carpe diem! Viva la revolution! Stick it to the man! Give peace a chance! Ok, you get the idea. So anyway, I convinced two of my friends to also order the magic berries. The berries were supposed to be delivered that week but guess what? THE BERRIES NEVER FUCKING CAME. I know it’s not just me or my doorman-less apartment because my friends ordered them to be delivered to their work, and they never got them either. Miracle Connect’s website claims that they are “no longer accepting orders due to overwhelming demand.” So I emailed firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about my berry order. And they have yet to respond. So my flavor tripping experiment is indefinitely put on hold: berry sad, berry sad indeed.
(Image via NYTimes)