Chunky choc fudge KitKat

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I keep saying I’ll only post one more KitKat, and then I keep finding new and unusual flavors. This time around it was a so-called choc fudge sundae flavored KitKat chunky. With that name you expect to taste chocolate, of course, as well as gooey fudge and maybe some vanilla or ice-cream. What I got was a KitKat chunky with some kind of indistinguishable sweet mush inside. It could have been labeled dulce de leche or vanilla milkshake for all I know. Not one for the books. These KitKats chunkies are starting to disappoint. The Japanese ones are so much better and interesting.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 5

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Yam yogurt

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I often have a bit of fruit with some yogurt and muesli for lunch, though I’ve never had it mixed with vegetables before. Which is why I was a bit surprised to see a blueberry and yam yogurt in the shops. When I say yam, I am referring to Chinese yams, which are root vegetables that are similar in taste and texture to a potato. I couldn’t see how that would work in yogurt, but I was willing to give it a try.

I think the yam might have been grated in raw, or finely diced, as I would pick up a texture of raw apple every once and a while. There was no discerning flavor to it though, which made the whole experience rather normal. If it hadn’t been for the odd crunchy bit I would never have known there was any yam in it at all.

Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 7

Wasabi Chocolate

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I have a bit of a love hate relationship with wasabi, but I do have a love love relationship with chocolate, so when Dove recently released a range of chocolates with unusual fillings I was both looking forward to and dreading the wasabi chocolate at the same time. This time around Dove went for individual chocolates instead of a bar.

I’ve had a few instances where I took too much wasabi and it blew my head off, which is why I usually don’t bother putting any on my sushi, let alone my chocolates, but I threw caution in the wind and had a go anyway. It turns out bitter chocolate and sharp wasabi is a great combination, just like the chili chocolate from Mexico. You could taste the wasabi, and it did carry a punch, but not exactly a sharp right hook. Not only was the heat level bearable, I actually rather enjoyed this flavor combination.

Fear Factor – 5 / Taste Test – 8

Cucamelons

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One thing I like writing about are fruits and vegetables that I had never tried before. Whenever I’m traveling I always swing by the supermarket to see if I can find something unusual. It was in Shanghai, at an import supermarket, that I found a whole array of fruits and vegetables including some tiny looking watermelons. It turns out that they weren’t watermelons at all, but cucamelons.

Cucamelons are much more like cucumbers than watermelons, even though they look like that. They are the size of grapes and inside you’ll find a greenish watery flesh with seeds much like a cucumber. It is no surprise then that they pretty much tasted like that as well, though they were juicier. Now I don’t like cucumbers, but I do like pickles so I decided to pickle some. I served them alongside some homemade gravadlax and cream cheese with some freshly grated wasabi, which all worked very well together.

Fear Factor – 3 / Taste Test – 5

Peach Coke

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I am a Coke addict. I’ve said this a few times on my blog already and I’m not ashamed of it. Better than Pepsi that’s for sure. Unfortunately Coca Cola doesn’t create new flavors and different kinds of Cola nearly as often as their red, white and blue competitor does. Sometimes though, you’ll come across an interesting bottle and 9 out of 10 times that bottle is from Japan. This was also the case when I found a peach flavored Coke in the supermarket.

That may sound like a dream come true for a Coke addict, but usually those limited edition Coca Cola creations aren’t all that good. We can count Peach Coke among that list. It did taste of peach somewhat, but it didn’t really have much of a Coke flavor. This was more of a poorly crafted lemonade. Better luck next time.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 5

Iceland moss

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I had a lot of unusual food in Iceland, from sheep’s head jelly to fermented shark, but perhaps the most unusual was something I bought at the airport to take home as a souvenir – Iceland moss. It looks exactly as it sounds, like moss. However, the name is a bit of a misnomer, as this stuff is not actually moss. It is in fact a lichen, which belongs to the family of fungi.

In Iceland it is most often used to brew tea as people contribute medicinal properties to it. It is supposed to suppress coughing and help beat a cold, however this has never been proven. People have also used it in other forms of cooking such as in bread or porridge, but I simply used it to brew tea as I couldn’t find any recipes.

In many ways it definitely worked as a tea replacement as the water turned greenish brown and did take on a big flavor. Unfortunately said flavor was very bitter. You would need to add quite an amount of sugar to make it more palatable. I didn’t dislike it though. You could drink it without sugar, which is what I did. I had it on a day that I was running a cold and a fever, and I did feel a lot better the next day. That could just be a coincidence though. Or is it?

Fear Factor 4 – Taste Test – 6

Caviar Chips

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In my quest for discovering new, exciting and unusual flavors I have opened many a bag of potato chips. This classic every man’s snack seems hard to elevate, but there is one company, Torres, that tries. A year or so ago I tried truffle chips as well as Iberico ham flavored ones. From the same company I now scored a bag of caviar flavored potato chips.

I don’t actually like caviar all that much, which is why I gave these guys a slightly higher Fear Factor than the average chip. It turns out there was nothing to worry about as there was no flavor of caviar whatsoever. I do really mean NO flavor, not even a hint of salty fishiness on the back palate. The chips were fine as they were, but for the price I paid I could have gotten four regular bags of chips. Maybe more.

Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 5