@Kyeh I got the red. Excellent. I made some batches of sous vide boneless chicken thighs, and all I have to do is chop up the chicken, toss it in the frying pan, heat it up and sear it slightly, add the sauce, and simmer until it thickens. Yum.
@Kidsandliz Vanilla is the best way to judge the quality of the product, but my favorite topping has always been butterscotch, which is getting harder & harder to find. If an ice cream stand has it, they get bonus points from me! It’s like caramel, but with character.
@Kidsandliz Don’t get me wrong, i like caramel, too, but i think i prefer butterscotch on ice cream because caramel is so sweet. I like it more when it’s mellowed out with something salty or a little bitter/less sweet, like dark chocolate. I’m not sure if it’s just a regional thing, but it seems like most places around here only offer caramel these days, sadly.
And this is the problem we have had in our house. My kid is from SE Asia adopted at nearly 10. OMFG she LOVES hot spicy and I hate it. If you wanted to get her to eat something, try something new, just bury it under cyanine pepper. She’d eat anything as long as it had enough of that on it. Jalapeño peppers and the juice in the can was like eating mixed fruit or something for her. We were not a good match for food. The rule was she would take her serving from the pot, put it in a separate one and then proceed to price that. Made for more dishes but then I could eat the food.
Working in Germany for an outdoor program that was for kids in the DoDDs schools once one kid dared another to drink Jalapeño juice from the can. I, and others, warned her not to do it. She did anyway and then was rolling on the patio in agony. The kid who dared her said, “It can’t be that hot.” and so drank some herself and was equally in agony. I went to the kitchen and got them both bread to eat (someone was going to offer water which would have just made the situation worse). I had so much trouble stifling the desire to laugh my head off.
Taking juvenile delinquents kids canoeing across the state of FL one group would dump so much pepper on food that several of us couldn’t eat it. Under the cover of darkness one night I disappeared the pepper and another spice I didn’t like into the Okefenokee Swamp waters (we were camping on a platform). I was bad. When they were arguing over who was responsible I kept my mouth shut.
Or, you could just set your tongue on fire & get rid of your taste buds altogether…?
Nope nope nope. Because: chocolate, ice cream, brownies with chocolate chips and walnuts in them, good oranges and tangerines, peaches, corn on the cob (midwestern though, not that crap they sell in the south pretending it is the good stuff, it must be cattle corn), blueberries and cherries…
Just ban hot spices and food will be good.Just don’t tell my daughter. It is those who like hot spices who have fewer tastebuds (yes science behind that).
@IndifferentDude@Kidsandliz Oh, no, i was referring to the Dude. I agree with you, at least partially. I love Tex-Mex stuff with a little zestiness, just a tingle, cuz i don’t want to destroy my ability to taste all the other yummy flavors in there!
Interestingly enough, there’s a lot that goes into the preference. In addition to having fewer capsaicin receptors (the genetic taste bud factor) & cultural influences (the “context effect”), a big part of it is the endorphin response, so people with thrill-seeking personalities are heavily represented in the group that likes extreme spiciness. They’ve also discovered that one’s attitude toward wanting to keep trying it can overcome some of the other factors, more of a “fake it till you make it” effect rather than building up a physical tolerance. We humans can be so complex (some of us, anyway! Lol).
@IndifferentDude@Kidsandliz BTW, your list of favorite foods is just about the same as mine! The local corn here is heaven, but we can only get it this time of year, August & usually most of Sept. Once we get a hard frost or freeze, it’s over. … And, i love walnuts in brownies & chocolate chip cookies, too, but you hardly ever see those anymore, either, unless they’re homemade, prob because of tree nut allergies. <sigh>
It does have a flavor…it’s not a good one though. It’s just all sorts of bitter and lacks salt/sweetness or your usual flavoring.
It’s definitely only about the experience.
It is absolutely, batshit-stupid-crazy-hot, you don’t do this for any other reason other than to experience one of the spiciest things ever created and all the stuff that comes with such a thing.
It is discomforting…I wouldn’t say it’s painful though and it lasts about 30 to 45 minutes if you don’t take counter measures.
I’m actually a bit worried about this year’s edition…a few friends of mine, as well as my daughter, already got and ate theirs. It’s reportedly a much different experience than previous years resulting is extreme stomach cramping.
@callow@ircon96@Kidsandliz@Kyeh@PHRoG That reminds me of a joke my grandfather once told: He mentioned that he once ate a very hot pepper and in order to cool the burning he had a large bowl of ice cream afterwards. The next morning when nature called and his buttocks were “on fire” he started yelling: “HURRY UP ICE CREAM”!!
@PHRoG You’ve probably heard by now, they recently recalled this year’s edition after a Massachusetts teen died the same day he tried the challenge at school, despite the warning that it’s for adults only. They haven’t established a direct link, but they immediately went into CYA mode, of course. So, if you haven’t received yours yet, I’m guessing you won’t.
I recently cobbled together some leftover condiments into something that covers spicy, savory, salty, sweet, sour, and just a little bitter.
The base is Wendy’s ghost pepper ranch dressing (actual-spicy mayonnaise, which is savory already), cut with a healthy splashing of lime juice (sour and a bit of sweet), a bit of hot/burnt katsu sauce (maple syrup, rice vinegar, and soy sauce with salt, onion, and garlic powder) for a streak of sweet bitterness.