These days, people consider the process of ingesting food as more than the restoration of depleted energy reserves. Like most of our primal urges, we’ve turned the life-sustaining act of eating into a hobby from which we derive great pleasure; we eat to socialize, we eat because we’re bored, heck, we eat because we love to eat (the fact that in so doing we’re kept alive is a happy coincidence).
As much as I might loathe the term, there’s a foodie in all of us - a foodie whose appetite for new and exotic flavors cannot be sated; and when our palates have run the gamut of our own cuisine, it’s to those exotic flavors we inevitably turn.
While one can set out to experience a great many unusual dessert dishes from every corner of the globe, not all are worthy of culinary praise; in fact, there are desserts out there that just might scare the foodie right out of you.
14 Maeng Da
Admittedly, most of the world does in fact enjoy eating a nice crispy bug. According to the United Nations, insects are chock-full of energy boosting protein - making them a staple in the diet of millions of people. Western sensibilities however, view the eating of any type of creepy crawly as something to abhor - the thought of picking exoskeleton from one's teeth or dislodging a mandible or thorax from one's throat does very little to entice tourists who visit Thailand to partake of one the country's infamous desserts: Maeng Da.
Escamoles - to the layman, fried ant larvae. I've heard tell that ants can possess a number of interesting flavors, from citrus to peanut. And as much as I think I might be able to entertain the idea of snacking on a handful of lemony ants, when it comes to the insect's larval form and indulging my culinary curiosity, I have to draw a line in the sand.
11 Fried Tarantulas
10 Wasabi Ice Cream
9 Horse Meat Ice Cream
With all the whacky ice cream flavors out there, I couldn't simply include the fiery hell that is wasabi ice cream on our journey of questionable desserts. Spicy ice cream might be awful enough to dissuade the average culinary adventurer from deviating from the tried and true flavors offered up by their local DQ, but what about meat flavored frozen treats? Specifically, I'm talking about horse meat ice cream - surely such an abomination doesn't exist?
8 Casu Marzu
7 Bull Testicle Pie
6 Bacon Jell-O
5 Candied Cocks Combs
4 Sauerkraut Cupcakes
3 Durian... Anything
2 Jellied Moose Nose
I know that I've disparaged most of the objectionable delicacies on this list and in so doing, I've implied that I'd never willingly consume any of them - but in all fairness, if I was faced with a life or death situation and my survival depended on my ability or willingness to eat any of these "food" items, I would in a heart beat; unless of course, I came face to face with a jellied moose nose.
A staple in the diet of Canada's indigenous population for hundreds of years, jellied moose nose is a dish that may very well be delicious, but psychologically gives me great pause - simply because the thought of eating anything's nose is about as appealing as eating any other secreting organ.
1 Pig's Blood Cake
Arguably, I've saved the "best" for last. You'd think a cake this unique would be reserved for special occasions, but you'd be wrong. In fact, pig's blood cake is a snack that you can purchase from innumerable street vendors all over Taiwan. Obviously, this isn't your typical flour and sugar based cake; the main ingredient here is freaking BLOOD. If this ingredient alone hasn't made you file pig's blood cake under "nope" for things you'd like to try, consider adding this dessert to your bucket list; as for me, I'll stick to Cheetos and two-bite brownies as my dessert of choice.
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