10 Foods People Swear They’ll Never Try No Matter What They Are Paid

Everybody has had at least one food nightmare. Growing up in ’80s Britain, I have had my fair share of culinary trauma, though nowadays, British cuisine has improved. Some people will outright refuse to eat certain foods, and according to a recent online post, there are many to choose from.

1. Live Food

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“Any animal still alive when served” posts someone who may have been exposed to an inhumane food practice. “But oysters are delicious,” adds a foodie who begs to differ.

2. Baby Octopi

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“I can’t eat them anymore,” concedes a guilty eater. “I used to love calamari, but I think they’re probably smarter than the average human.” I still love eating octopi, though I try to avoid them if I can. I must admit, until seeing the heartbreaking My Octopus Teacher, I was a fan of this delicious mollusk.

3. Surströmming

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“Minnesotan here, and that stuff is eaten commonly throughout the year, but it’s a special time of year that we eat more of it,” says a northerner. “I’ve smelled it a couple of times — and literally gagged and hurled the first time.” Minnesota’s Nordic influence lands the state in foul-smelling trouble with this fermented herring dish. According to experts, this canned, rotten fish must be opened underwater — it’s that bad.

4. Shark

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Continuing our maritime-based theme, a contributor warns that consuming sharks is unethical, considering their treatment by fin hunters. “They are vital to the ocean ecosystem and our planet and are slaughtered by the thousands,” explains a shark advocate, “some usually just for their fins.”

5. Casu Martzu

Casu Marzu, sardinian cheese with larvae of Piophila Casei
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Hailing from Sardinia, this cheese should come with a trigger warning. “I love cheese as much as the next person, but cheese crawling with live maggots?” jokes a non-fan. “No, thank you!” I consider myself open-minded, but nobody could pay me enough to experience live maggots for pleasure.

6. Bat Soup

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Connotations aside, this dish is authentic in many parts of Asia. Here is a vivid description of a real encounter with bat soup in Palau: “Just an entire fruit bat placed into soup, fur, and head and all,” recalls a traveler. Chicken of the cave? No, for me.

7. Instant Ramen

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Some people crave a little ramen to reminisce about our earlier days. However, this observer is not one of them. “I was very, very poor in my early twenties and ate more than I ever wanted to,” he says. “As long as I can afford to eat anything else, I won’t eat ramen.” Another poster says the same about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and won’t eat them for the same reason. His loss!

8. Foie Gras

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An honest commenter shares how they received a visitor’s expensive foie gras gift and felt conflicted over whether to eat it. They relented. “We ate it to see if it was good,” reveals the foodie. “Loved it. Never gonna buy it or probably eat it again.” There are ethical foie gras farmers, still, though prices are high.

9. Durian

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“I gave it a shot, but my nose and taste buds formed an alliance against me on that one,” the following thread leader jokes. Naturally, people will line up to knock Durian (or the opposite). This fruit smells like someone just opened a trash can, though people across the Equator and Tropics can’t get enough of its creamy, custard-like flavor. “Actually, it tastes delicious, except the smell just messes it up,” adds a fan.

10. Insects

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I had to include this trendy one here because I, like most food lovers, will never eat insects — at least, by choice. Certain members of our fiscally endowed establishment harbor dreams of their fellow humans consuming ants, beetles, and woodlice to save humanity. However, they must prize the meat from my cold, dead hand. I once sampled a deep-fried scorpion when I lived in China — it won’t replace brisket anytime soon.

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10 Foods That Have to Be Made A Certain Way Or They Don’t Taste Right

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Food is not only nourishment but also a delight to our taste buds. Yet, some dishes have a secret code to unlock their full potential. These commonly known foods must be prepared with precise techniques and methods, as their taste hinges on the fine balance of ingredients and cooking processes.

10 Dishes You Should Never Eat With Silverware

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Eating with silverware is a common practice in many parts of the world. From forks and spoons to knives, these utensils have become essential tools at the dining table. However, certain dishes should be approached with caution when using silverware. While these dishes may be delicious, their unique textures, flavors, or cultural traditions may call for a different approach.

10 Non-Breakfast Foods That Are Totally Acceptable to Eat For Breakfast

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Breakfast doesn’t have to be limited to traditional morning foods like cereal or toast. Plenty of non-breakfast foods can make a surprisingly delicious and satisfying start to your day. Whether you’re craving a slice of pizza, a burrito, or even a bowl of pasta, these commonly known foods can be enjoyed as breakfast options without guilt.

10 Non-Breakfast Foods That Are Totally Acceptable to Eat For Breakfast

10 Foods That Always Tasted Better When You Were Little

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Do you ever find yourself craving certain foods’ tastes from childhood? There’s something special about the flavors we experienced when we were little. Those dishes made our taste buds dance with joy and brought us smiles. Whether it was a gooey macaroni and cheese or a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich, these childhood foods held a magical allure.

You’re In The Minority If You Don’t Think These Fast Food Places Are Overrated

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Many people often choose fast food places when grabbing a quick bite. These familiar chains have become ingrained in our culture with their catchy slogans, iconic logos, and widespread presence. However, popularity doesn’t always equate to quality, and some of the most popular fast-food places out there may not live up to the hype.

This article was initially published and syndicated by The Cents of Money.

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