Picky Tongues — Something Sour

You have to choose one flavor that your sense of taste will no longer be able to distinguish. Sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami, spicy (not a taste per se, but we’re generous): which one do you choose to lose?

It’s toss-up between bitter and sour.  I could live without either, but what would sweet and sour chicken be without the sour?

jolly rancherI’ve never really been huge fan of sour; maybe it was all the Jolly Rancher sour apple sticks I ate as a kid.  And if that wasn’t enough to turn me off of sour tastes let me tell you about this crazy candy my grandchildren enjoy.

When they were living with us I didn’t really have too many sweets in the house.  Thankfully they big fans of fresh fruit and vegetables so it wasn’t a struggle to get them to each an apple or broccoli!  We did have ice cream treats and lunchbox snacks, but nothing to sugary or salty–at least I tried. There was also no soda in the house, so when we went out to parties or for a movie or something, treats were allowed.

Treats were also allowed if their mom sent something from Arizona or wherever she was on her cross-country trip.  In a particular box was a candy that the kids had talked about but can’t be found at our local 7-Eleven.  It’s a Mexican candy made from tamarind and chamoy; it’s called Lucas.lucas-gusano

The squeals that they each let out when they opened the box were deafening!  Plastic ripped open and tops popped so fast I didn’t even have time to read the label before the stuff streaming onto their tongues.  “Grandma and Grandpa, do you want to try it?!  It’s soooo goood!”

Why I said yes is beyond me, but I had to see what the fuss was about.  My granddaughter squirted the “cherry” flavored gunk into my mouth.  I couldn’t even swallow, it hit my tongue and I knew, in that moment, I would never taste sour the same way again!  It was disgusting!  The second grossest thing I’ve ever had tasted in my life.

Today’s thank you goes out to my grandkids for showing me that it’s okay to get really excited about your favorite candy! (Which kind of happens every time I see a Hershey bar!)

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