How to Host a Miracle Berry Flavor Tripping Party
When I first heard about this “Miracle Berry” and “Flavor Tripping” parties, needless to say, I was skeptical.
The claim is that after eating just one rare African berry, every food you taste becomes as sweet as candy. What? This definitely falls under too good to be true. I mean, is this even legal?
I am here to tell you it is, in fact, true. And, of course, completely legal.
This “miracle berry” or Synsepalum dulcificum is a plant native to West Africa. It produces small red berries about the size of coffee beans. The berry is sweet, and contains an active glycoprotein molecule called miraculin along with some carbohydrate chains.
The glycoprotein binds to the tongue’s taste buds when the fruit is consumed. It acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids, causing sour foods to taste sweet, temporarily. This effect usually lasts between 30-45 minutes.
Since these “flavor tripping” parties have become popular, they have produced a tablet form of these berries, making them easier to order and ship.
The key is to let the tablet completely dissolve on your tongue. You have to make sure to swish it around a bit so the active ingredients coat your tastebuds from front to back.
Then comes the fun part – taste testing! For a party, it’s fun to set out a table of interesting and exciting foods for experimenting.
Here are a few ideas:
-Sea Salt and Vinegar Chips
Other adventurous options include:
My hands down favorite experience of the night was the lemons. Normally, if you bite right into a lemon wedge it will make your face pucker. After the miracle berry, it tasted like a pixie stick or a lemon head candy. I could have sat there and enjoyed lemon wedges by the bowlful!
This is officially trippy…
Another interesting taste test were the salt and vinegar potato chips. Now, instead of having that salty zing, they had a sweetness like a kettle chip!
This particular party was held at a bar and someone recommended trying it with Guiness beer. Suddenly it tasted smooth as silk, with flavor notes of a chocolate milkshake or an iced coffee.
Then came the most daring moment of the night. A shot of straight vinegar. This is when I started getting skeptical. I could still smell the white vinegar, but the moment the liquid hit my tongue it was as if I swallowed liquid jello! Someone described it as tasting like a sweet Riesling.
Everyone had a great time and marveled at the effects of this fascinating berry. In the end, it’s a fun novelty experience, even better when enjoyed with a big group.
The strangest part? After it was all over, I got home and found myself craving something salty…
2 Responses to “How to Host a Miracle Berry Flavor Tripping Party”