Last week we gathered for a day of gaming – the unplugged variety! We started with classic Ticket to Ride and a new card game called Timeline: Inventions, eventually moving on to The Impossible Machine and Settlers of Catan. Timeline: Inventions was a favorite because it tested our knowledge of different invention dates. It was challenging without being competitive, and it was fun for everyone – regardless of who won.
The Impossible Machine was a bit of a flop, because each player only gets a couple of turns before the machine is built and scored. Players largely depend on the luck of their cards to win, so there was almost no way to strategize or fight for the win, especially with so few turns in each game. In the meantime, Shane collected suggestions for a Miracle Berry taste test….
First, the tasters sucked on Miracle Berry tablets (which we got from ThinkGeek). These tablets, made from a rare berry, are supposed to alter your taste buds so that foods taste sweet. We had to coat our tongue, not chew them, so it took several minutes to prepare. The lineup of things to taste included: original Pringles, Salt and Vinegar Pringles, red wine, apple cider vinegar, grapefruit juice, sweet pickles, dill pickles, salsa, Guinness, blueberry yogurt, lemon yogurt, pepper jack cheese, sour cream dip, dark chocolate, strawberries, lemons, Sour Patch Kids, and Zours candy. Oh yeah, and I think there was also some Tequila.
Results? The dark chocolate tasted like sweet chocolate. The strawberries tasted like they were dipped in sugar. Some tasters thought the extra-sweet flavor seemed artificial – a different kind of sweet, one that we’re not used to. The red wine was disappointing, but the Guinness reportedly tasted like a chocolate milkshake. The lemons created a tart physical sensation in the mouth without registering a sour flavor on the tongue! And finally, the whole crew followed Tom’s lead by putting yogurt on a pickle. Everyone agreed that it was delicious! I did a control taste test, and I proclaimed that it simply tasted like a yogurt-covered-pickle. The yogurt was very delicious and sweet, so of course everyone would love the combination if they couldn’t taste the sour from the pickle!
The salsa and the pepper jack cheese were not very spicy to begin with, so they simply lost their tangy aspects after having the Miracle Berries. The Zours candy seemed to be sour enough to actually taste sour, but this might have been because the Miracle Berries were wearing off by the time we tasted them. We all agreed: we should have tasted several things before taking the Miracle Berry tablets. That way, we would’ve had a before-and-after comparison.