|The mberry pills...|
Miracle Fruit is now available in pill form, from a company called mberry. So naturally, we had to order some. And while they've been having Miracle Fruit Tasting Parties up in trendsetting NYC for the last few years, our part of the world is often behind on such things... and thus I'm proud to announce that we may have just hosted Mississippi's first miraculin soiree.*
First and foremost, a word to any skeptics out there pondering the legality of this. If you're picturing me giving all my guests a tablet, and telling them to let it dissolve on their tongue before the experience can begin -- well, that's exactly what happened. But, one of my guests was an officer of the law. And the product is commercially available on Amazon.com. Plus, my parents were in town for this party.
And while none of the information I shared just now sounds like convincing evidence that the evening's activities were legal, well, as a point of fact, they were.
Now. Let's get to the good part.
We had about 15 people over for our little tasting party, and the tasting part was actually a surprise: we'd invited the cast and crew of the play our theater group just closed to come over for a viewing of the performance DVD, and when they arrived, we sprang the Miracle Fruit news. While a few of the blindsided guests were initially hesitant about popping the little pink pill, everyone wound up on board. We had set up quite a spread of tasting samples. Here's what we had on hand:
|Limes and Granny Smith Apples|
|Blue Cheese, Blueberries, Pineapples,|
Sour Cream, Tomatoes...
|Lemons, of course|
|Heavy hitters: hot chili peppers, olives,|
dill pickles, and Louisiana Hot Sauce
So how'd it go? The biggest breakout hits of the night were the lemons and limes (the lemons really did taste like lemonade, and the limes like key lime pie, but both with the texture of the fruit - surreal), the sour cream (less like cheesecake, more like a sweet vanilla Greek yogurt - delicious), and apples paired with blue cheese (a new kind of nirvana). All in all, enhancing sweets was more popular than changing sours. The sours were altered, but not really enough. The dill pickles tasted more like sweet pickles, but still basically tasted like pickles. Louisiana Hot Sauce tasted like a sweet chipotle sauce, which still had a good bit of bite to it. The hot peppers had a milder, slightly sweeter initial taste, but still set your mouth ablaze - which probably helped to prevent any potentially dire need for antacids.
|J says: "Thisimzingflmpf!"|
this is amazing!")
Finally, some folks had a small shot of vanilla vodka, and others had honey wheat beer. Drinking liquids did seem to dilute the effects faster, but did enhance whatever one drink with which you chased away the miraculin. I do think that at the next Miracle Fruit gathering, we should have some Guinness on hand, which is rumored to wind up tasting like a chocolate milk shake. Sounds like the perfect dessert, no?
Though the effect of the taste-altering little pink pill was not quite as extreme as we'd hoped and feared, the Miracle Fruit Tasting Party was a success. It was something different, there were a few surprises (those limes! that sour cream!), and the exclamations both of "Ohmigawd that is amazing!" and "Holy crap those peppers still buuuuuurrrrrrrrn!" brought lots of laughter.
A final tally for the miraculin session:
mberry pills = $15 for a ten-pack
Tasting selection = about a $20 grocery bill
Telling some of your most do-goody friends (myself included) and your parents to "just take the pill and enjoy the ride" = priceless.
*If anyone else beat us to it, speak up now or I'm forever claiming this achievement.