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Foods That Destroy the Roof of your Mouth

Here's my shortlist:

1) Almost any sandwich on a crispy baguette- major damage

2) crispy tortilla chips or nachos eaten when drunk- I've had to pull out those pointy ends with a pair of tweezers

3) Panini's- Crisp on the outside, scalding on the inside

4) Those Totino's Pizza Puffs- They traumatized my mouth 30 years ago, but I haven't given up on them today- Hey they are still about $1 a box

5) Microwave sandwiches- especially those on a silver special microwaving tray- The instructions usually say to let it sit for 2 minutes after microwaving- I am too impatient- I wait maybe 12 seconds, and then I pay the price with a roof skin peel!!!

Any others?????

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  1. any late-night drunken munchies that involve piping hot melted cheese are a potential hazard ;)

    - Cap'n Crunch Cereal
    - frozen french bread pizza. i haven't eaten it in at least 15 years, but i can *still* remember the pain. that crust was too damned crunchy, and i'd eventually end up with an errant shard stuck in my hard palate...much like those pointy/crispy chips you mentioned. ouch.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Ha - came here to post the exact same two items - Cap'n Crunch and french bread pizza. LOL!

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Any pizza. ANY pizza - doesn't matter if it's Stouffer's French Bread or any other. If served piping hot...wait. Otherwise, you're dealing with the shreds of skin from the roof of your mouth for several days.

        And yes - Cap'n Crunch. Microwave panini sandwiches. Hot stuffed mushroom hors d'oeuvres. Hot marshmallows on s'mores.

        And finally - too many Fritos.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          Have to add another one after lunch yesterday - a chicken pot pie. Even after letting it sit for a few minutes, that first bite is always a scorcher.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            I believe in Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" (sp?), he devotes half the first chapter to describing the perfect amount of time that Cap'n Crunch has to sit in milk so that it doesn't shred your mouth, but hasn't disintegrated into complete mush. Very funny.

            1. re: FrankD

              OK, I *have* that book in my bookshelf, but have never read it! Too funny!

            2. re: LindaWhit

              Any oven pizza for me as well, I know I have to be patient, but I'm just not. There's nothing else though that I burn my mouth on.

            3. re: goodhealthgourmet

              "frozen french bread pizza. i haven't eaten it in at least 15 years, but i can *still* remember the pain."

              I about fell out of my chair laughing! I was addicted to Stouffer's french bread pizza as a teenager. Wow, they did do some damage to the roof of your mouth too. Ouch.

            4. Trix.

              (Yes, I am hanging my head in shame.)

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              1. re: Vetter

                Hold your head up high!

                By the way, what do you think of the new colors? Have you seen the limited edition swirly Trix?
                For a delicious roof-damaging treat, try butter sauteed Cheerios. Salt lightly and drink a glass of chocolate milk on the side.

                1. re: Kate is always hungry


                  butter sauteed cheerios. that rocks, kate.

              2. For me, it's pizza bagels, especially when you nuke them. And it really hurts when you burn the roof of your mouth! Ouch.

                1. Bagel Bites! Had some yesterday morning for the first time in years and it still hurts! The hot hot heat and crisp of the bagel tears through the gums right behind your front teeth. Eeeeek! But so tasty!

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                  1. re: DreamCyn

                    Oh yea...I remember those I had to stop eating those cause that always happens! I have to always peel off a thin layer of skin from the insides of my mouth.

                    1. re: DreamCyn

                      Yes! But I've found that they only burn the roof of my mouth when you cook them in the microwave. When I'm not lazy and have the time (very rarely), I warm them up in the oven...

                    2. Ever eat a whole bag of Sour Patch Kids? And by "eat", I mean suck off all the sour before chewing? :)

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                      1. re: Justpaula

                        Guilty!!! It's amazing that my palate hasn't suffered permanent damage!! :o)

                        1. re: Justpaula

                          that used to kill my tongue as much as the roof of my mouth!

                            1. re: Justpaula

                              oh yeah, sour patch kids! I used to go to the movies as a kid with a bag of sour patch kids and a lemonade. The resulting tongue damage would leave me in pain and unable to eat for half a day....

                              1. re: Justpaula

                                Man, I miss though, but my cavities can't take gummies anymore :(

                                  1. re: Justpaula

                                    Oh yes, also too many Smarties (the American, sour ones), Skittles, or Sweet Tarts (I have a big sour candy addiction.)
                                    Also any artisinal crusty bread (can't eat them at all!), hot chocolate (worse than coffee, for some reason), and red delicious-type apples with the thick skins.

                                  2. S'mores...it's important to notice if the FLAME is still burning off!
                                    Don't ask...

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                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      I literally feel your pain HillJ...resort was having a s'more party out by the pool..thought the flame was out...duh..
                                      flaming chocolate and marshmallows with the crunch of the graham crackers..wicked trifecta!

                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                        wicked trifecta indeed. It took me a while to get "back on the horse" during camping season. My mouth hurt for some time.

                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          ugh. been there with many a childhood campfire s'more - i've done it with the entire sandwich (and with just the marshmallow on the stick a few times too). molten marshmallow, melted chocolate and crunchy graham crackers...talk about painful!

                                          1. re: HillJ


                                            from my kids, who believe Mom needs to get over her S'more angst.
                                            Happy Labor Day, good CH people!

                                      2. Frozen mochi heated to bloated and toasted and molten inside and served sata-shoyu.

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                                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                          Oh my word Sam, that sounds delicious!

                                        2. Mine are in two categories...destruction by texture and by heat.

                                          Any thick sandwich on toast. Like a club.
                                          Cap'n Crunch

                                          Anything else that I am too impatient to wait to eat

                                          1. Remember Fizzies? Put a half one in your mouth and have a contest to see who can hold it between your tongue and the roof of your mouth the longest- it's fun, messy, it hurts, and it sloughs the roof of your mouth.

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                                            1. re: EWSflash

                                              I sure do; but we never did that with em (back in the 50s!?)..

                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                  Fizzies were more like Alka-Seltzer- heavily flavored and sweetened tablets you dissolved in water and make a flavored drink. They used saccharin (or something like that, whatever was in use at the time)rather than sugar for more compactness.
                                                  Pop Rocks would jack up the roof of your mouth, too, if you used enough of them, I bet. It would be more like one big muffled blast rather than a sustained mad-dog-foaming-at-the-mouth, though.

                                                2. re: EWSflash

                                                  Thanks for the flashback EWSflash. It was the 60's for me too.

                                                3. Puffy *bleepin* cheese doodles. The way I eat them is juvenile. Pop one in swish it around agitating more like aggravating the roof of my mouth while giving it ample time to dissolve. This technic when repeated a total number of servings per bag ( did I say that outloud?) causes a sore Roof top.

                                                  1. Head hung in shame....

                                                    The new guy joined the team so we all went out for a meal. We convinced him that the correct way to drink a Sambuca was like a shot while it was still lit.

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                                                    1. re: Paulustrious

                                                      Um? My guess would be 1) This team you speak of was NOT a bocce ball team and 2 ) He was not Italian.
                                                      Yeah I would imagine that would destroy the roof top of one's mouth!
                                                      Mean Mean Mean.

                                                    2. Hot pizza scarfed down before it has a chance to cool. Leaves skin hanging off the roof of my mouth for days.

                                                      1. Salt & vinegar chips. The double-whammy of texture and tissue-damage if you eat too many.

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                                                        1. re: shanagain

                                                          Salt and Vinegar chips traumatize my mouth too. Kind of self-limiting, which is good.

                                                          1. re: shanagain

                                                            I can't feel the roof of my mouth if I eat too many salt & vinegar chips

                                                            1. re: shanagain

                                                              OMG! I was just getting ready to post that when I saw there were others who have felt that pain. My normal progression: Oh boy, a big bag of Lay's Salt&Vinegar chips! *half an hour later* I'm 3/4 of the way through the bag and still going strong. *About three days later* I can finally feel my mouth and tongue again! *Five days later* My mouth loses that hanging-in-shreds sensation. *One week later* Oh boy, a big bag of Lay's Salt&Vinegar chips!

                                                              1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                Oh yeah - I forgot about salt and vinegar chips . . . raw mouth is the reason I've switched to all-dressed or bbq.

                                                                1. re: cinnamon girl

                                                                  But they're SOOOOO GOOOOOD! The raw mouth is truly worth it once in a while. the taste for them is apparently genetic: my mother recently gave my 3-yr-old a couple of s&v chips (without my knowledge, I hasten to add!) and he loved them. Gee, thanks, Mom!

                                                                  1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                    I would have loved to have seen his puckered little face! You've got a budding chowhound on your hands - congratulations.

                                                                    But next time you're craving the salt and vinegar but know your mouth won't be able to take it, all-dressed are a good substitute. You still get a reasonable hit of salt and vinegar . . . it just seems to dominate all the other flavours.

                                                                    1. re: cinnamon girl

                                                                      It's pretty funny; any time he sees a bag of s&v Lay's chips, his whole face lights up and he asks ever so sweetly, "May I try a bite, please?" He's had s&v chips a couple of times since my mother first introduced him to them, and he spends five minutes after he finishes them licking his lips to make sure he's consumed every remaining molecule of salty strong flavoring.

                                                                      I'll give the all-dressed chips a run the next time I'm dying for a s&v hit and my mouth is iffy. Thanks for the tip!

                                                                      1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                        That is my smile for the day: the visual of your little one licking his chops in appreciation of something so strong for a little person! thx. :-)

                                                            2. I think I've done damage due to almost everything mentioned except for maybe the sour patch kids, but I could so see myself doing that as well. Sandwiches on baguette and BLT on really toasty toast are ones I regret everytime I eat them. The one I never regret though is the first piece of Tony's pizza in Waterloo, Iowa. It's a rare treat for me now that I only get when I'm back there visiting family, and I just can't wait for it to not be scorching before I take my first bite.

                                                              1. chocolate lava cake if I don't wait.

                                                                1. I have eaten an entire box of captain crunch and had major damage to the roof of the mouth,, had to wait 3 days for my next box uuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhh

                                                                  1. Fresh Pineapple - I will eat an entire pineapple before I realize the roof of my mouth has completely disintegrated.

                                                                    Sunflower Seeds - I always suck these before cracking them open and the salt (dehydration) + sucking = pain.

                                                                    Super Lemon candy - I like to buy these when I'm dieting because I know I'll never be able to eat more than 3 in one sitting. I've tried, but...OUCH!

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                                                                    1. re: soypower

                                                                      sunflower seeds too! I eat them the same way and my tongue gets wicked sore

                                                                      1. re: soypower

                                                                        I eat a bag of sunflower seeds everynight at work. At the end of the week my tounge and mouth are destroyed.

                                                                        1. re: soypower

                                                                          agreed. sour pineapples always scald my mouth

                                                                        2. - fresh takoyaki at Otafuku in NYC (my all-time worst)

                                                                          - pepperoni pizza hot pocket

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                                                                          1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                            ooo yes @takoyaki! one wintery day I got myself a fresh batch and greedily pop'ed one in my mouth while walking --- oh MAN it was like liquid lava and the worst part I love their takoyaki so much i opted not to spit it out but instead swallow ~~~trail of liquid fire down my esophagus....don't remember if i could actually taste any of what was left o_O

                                                                          2. and how many of you remember what it was like to start eating again after your orthodontist told you you could finally throw away your retainer. OMG the heat, the cold, the cruncy... frosted flakes were painful, fritos out of the question.

                                                                            1. I dislike foods that do this:

                                                                              - Crunchy/toasted breads

                                                                              - sponge toffee/hard candies esp. when a bubble/hole develops in them

                                                                              1. Cheese puffs, any hot pizza (the pain is almost worth the flavour and texture you get with the molten cheese though), over buttered/over salted and therefore perfect popcorn (salt + shrapnel), that first bite of fried chicken that's still way too hot.

                                                                                1. I just thought of this crispy bread Yaa Yaa Yaa I do not read the whole trhread

                                                                                  1. This thread reminded me of the happy experience of breakfast at my Grandma's house when I was small. I loved going over there to visit by myself on occasional weekends-- the best part at the time was that she always had a "kids" (sugary) cereal I wasn't allowed to eat at home. Unfortunately that cereal was always Honeycombs, and they were too big and too hard for my little mouth. I remember having obvious trouble managing to eat it and Grandma offering to make me a bowl of red river cereal instead. Hah!! No way on earth she was wresting that sugar from my hands. It could have been made in the shape of knife blades and I still would have eaten it.

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                                                                                    1. Hot chocolate with marshmallows. I've never learned to wait until it cools a bit.

                                                                                      Cinnamon gum - I used to love it, but the cinnamon can tear up my mouth these days. Maybe I have a slight allergy? I recall getting a blotchy face from cinnamon toothpicks when I was a kid.

                                                                                      1. eating too many peanuts in the shell at dodger stadium.
                                                                                        Mouth, lips, tongue ~~ all ruined

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                                                                                        1. re: laliz

                                                                                          Definitely salted in the shell peanuts. I'm sure a lot of people think it's gross, but I pop the whole peanut in my mouth, suck all the salt off till the shell gets soft and the skin inside gets soggy. Then it take the peanut out of the shell and eat it. A bag of peanuts like that will really tear your mouth up. I've been eating them that way since I was a kid, and thankfully at age 50 I still don't have blood pressure problems.

                                                                                            1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                              You don't eat the shell too? I've been eating the whole peanut, shell and all, for years. I'll pick out the "dirtier" looking ones, but otherwise pop them in and crunch away.

                                                                                              1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                Oh, wow. You never wonder what's inside? I opened a roasted almond shell last week to find a brown worm and a bunch of eggs, plus a half-eaten almond. I'm sure it wouldn't kill me, but the ick factor...

                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                  There has been the occasional nasty one, but I spit it out. I'm fairly selective and choose the smooth, unbroken ones. Of course, when you're sitting around a campfire at night, they all look alike.

                                                                                              1. Cap'n Crunch and fresh pineapple. Ouch!

                                                                                                1. The comedian Jim Gaffigan answers this nicely: Hot Pockets.

                                                                                                  Ordering one at a restaurant if you could:

                                                                                                  Patron: Is it cold in the middle?
                                                                                                  Waiter: It's frozen. But it can also be served boiling lava hot.
                                                                                                  P: Will it burn my mouth?
                                                                                                  W: It'll destroy your mouth. Everything will taste like rubber for a month.

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                                                                                                  1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                    I immediately thought of this as well :)

                                                                                                  2. I have a tendency to put away a dry cereal box in a sitting when snacking at night. Some of them literally leave my mouth ripped apart but are too delicious to stop.

                                                                                                    Puffins cereal (especially the PB)
                                                                                                    Frosted flakes
                                                                                                    Lucky charms
                                                                                                    Shredded mini wheat
                                                                                                    Cinnamon toast crunch

                                                                                                    Oh, and granola too.

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                                                                                                    1. re: yankeefan

                                                                                                      another mouth-shredding dry cereal that i used to inhale by the handful back in the day...Cracklin' Oat Bran.

                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                        Oh, is that stuff still around. I LOVED Cracklin' Oat Bran when I was a kid. It was brutal though.

                                                                                                        1. re: Jen76

                                                                                                          My 16-year-old son still likes it now and again. When he was little, he called it "dog food cereal."

                                                                                                      1. re: limster

                                                                                                        OMG, I totally forgot about this one and I can't even remember how many times I've scalded my mouth trying to bite the entire thing in one go and have the hot soup burst out in my mouth.

                                                                                                        Soypower - I agree with you on the Super Lemons. I used to eat those as a kid and remember acutely the pain in the roof of my mouth afterwards for days.

                                                                                                        Great topic, totally brings back memories!

                                                                                                      2. Hot dogs and hot Italian sausage sandwiches. Stuffed mushrooms also. All of which burn that oh-so-sensitive part of the mouth right behind your upper front teeth - yeeeouch.

                                                                                                        1. Big, salthy bavarian pretzels (think Snyder's), Big Red used to kill my tongue but I don't chew gum anymore really.

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                                                                                                          1. re: enbell

                                                                                                            I have had thin pretzels do it too (Snyder's as well). I've had them stab the roof of my mouth and have had to pull it out, it was horrible.

                                                                                                          2. The absolute worst is beef fondue put into the mouth on the cooking fork. After sternly tasking us kids knot to do this back in the 60's, my dad did it: really ugly. His inner lip blistered and stuck to the blistered flesh above his front teeth. He suffered mightily, but we never let him forget it.

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                                                                                                            1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                              Absolutely my worst burn was from an oil fondue. Not the food, but the fork.

                                                                                                              My next worst was from bite size veal cordon bleu. I was warned, but I was male.

                                                                                                            2. baked beans hot right from the oven . . . molasses and sugar having baked for 6 or 7 hours really MUST cool down a bit before cramming in greedy pie hole.

                                                                                                              1. The first bite into a hot burrito! OUCH!!!

                                                                                                                1. Crispy potato chips hidden inside my bowl of ice cream.
                                                                                                                  Every other bite they seem to stab the roof of my mouth.
                                                                                                                  Or those skinny pretzel sticks, same problem.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: pacheeseguy

                                                                                                                    "Crispy potato chips hidden inside my bowl of ice cream.
                                                                                                                    Every other bite they seem to stab the roof of my mouth."
                                                                                                                    well then stop hiding them in there! ;)

                                                                                                                  2. Remember a story that's made into the family mythology: David and the Kryptonite Pickle- out to eat at Burger King with harried mothers and lots of kids. David, FLK to begin with, bites into his burger and a look or sheer horror spreads across his face. Runs screaming bloody murder to his mother's table with his tongue out and a pickle upon it. Scalding, acidic, ketchupy pickle...The Kryptonite Pickle. Pickle trauma for life.

                                                                                                                    1. Tearing off a hunk of crusty bread and dunking it into the pot of marinara will get your mouth all kinds of screwed up in a big hurry!
                                                                                                                      I have issues with Doritos (because I so rarely get to enjoy them I attempt to shove the entire triangle into my mouth, which is never going to open wide enough to accommodate a nacho cheese dagger of destruction known as the Dorito...) I try to avoid them.

                                                                                                                      Pizza and I are ZEN. I won't burn pizza, pizza won't burn me.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                                                                                        I don't know what this says about me, but I totally misread your first statement as...

                                                                                                                        Tearing off a hunk of crusty bread and dunking it into pot or marijuana.

                                                                                                                        More like to take the top of your head off rather than your mouth.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                          um...I just did the same thing. Pirate Booty rips my mouth up.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                            I just read it like that too. Haha.

                                                                                                                        2. a too hot pop tart! the filling scorched the roof of my mouth many times you would think I would learn a lesson but noooo..

                                                                                                                          Also any kind of pizza cuz I can't wait for it to cool down.

                                                                                                                          coffee from Mickey D's. ouch

                                                                                                                            1. As a boy in the UK there were certain sweets (candies) that acted like a microplane, each sweet carving off another sliver of skin. Some had a baked-on granular sugar coating that acted like a rasp. These included pineapple chunks and pear drops. Other boiled sweets had occlusions that, as the sweet was sucked, would reveal the hole surrounded by a knife edge. Continued sucking acted like a steel, honing the already razor edge to something a Samarai would be proud off. Sherbet lemons and sour apples would be examples. And finally there were others that encouraged you to suck hard, flagellating the soft palate skin. Sweet peanuts springs to mind.

                                                                                                                              I think the combination of these pains, trial and tribulations lead to the false rumour about a British stiff upper lip. This was due to the adopted contortion that created the least post consumption pain

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                                                                                                                              1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                That post made me laugh so hard my husband and 3-yr-old just came galloping in from lunch to find out why I was howling. Classic.

                                                                                                                              2. This thread is making me laugh so hard that my co-workers are eyeing me suspiciously.

                                                                                                                                For me:
                                                                                                                                Peanut Butter Crunch
                                                                                                                                Pop Tarts just out of the toaster (seriously, honestly: impossible to wait for them to cool)
                                                                                                                                And I seem to recall pretty major damage from Grape Nuts when I was a kid. Anyone else?

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                                                                                                                                1. re: DC in DC

                                                                                                                                  Good point about pop tarts. I especially like the hot-out-of-the-toaster S'mores pop tarts. So decadent. I can't buy buy them b/c I'd eat the whole box.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: DC in DC

                                                                                                                                    Grape Nuts was a combination - jaw ache if you chose to eat them before the milk had softened them up a bit and sometimes a scraping on the roof of the mouth.

                                                                                                                                  2. anther one - meringue cookies. i sort of let them dissolve on my tongue, but i press them against the roof of my mouth to help the process along...which i just did this evening, so my hard palate is now nice & raw. ouch.

                                                                                                                                    1. i don't know what it is, but the way BLOW POPS melt dissolve is really unusual. it's almost as if "strips" of the sucker melt first, creating these little horizontal sharp edges that can really cut up the roof of your mouth.

                                                                                                                                      it's pretty fierce.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: beelzebozo

                                                                                                                                        I've had this problem with them too!

                                                                                                                                      2. Grilled cheese on sourdough, although not as bad with different bread. Any kind of baked tomato/roasted tomato/tomato provencial dish-it always looks so good, but it's decieving-the inside is PIPING hot!

                                                                                                                                        1. Oddly enough, Kiwi. I'm not sure if I'm allergic to them - I don't think so - but every time I eat one it rasps my mouth half raw and I taste this weird metallic taste for a while.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                            Are you peeling the fuzzy skin off? Kiwi's fruit is so smooth...

                                                                                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                              Actually, I cut them in half and eat them from the middle out. No, I'm definitely not crazy enough to eat that brown fuzzy skin! I don't know what it is, but whenever I eat a kiwi it really does rip up my mouth. Maybe it's the seeds or something....

                                                                                                                                            2. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                              You might have an allergy to latex-for some reason, there is some kind of association with latex and kiwi. Bizzare, I know.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                Wow, that is a weird one! In my case, it doesn't happen to be true - I spend enough time in doctors' offices that I'd definitely know. But it is a family thing, for what it's worth. My sister gets the same feeling in her mouth when she eats kiwi. Too bad, I was hoping there would be someone else out there with the same kiwi issue. Oh well.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                                    Isn't that odd! I've never been allergic to a food in my whole life, so I'd never really considered the possibility with regard to the kiwi, even though I know one can develop an allergy at any point. After reading that, I'm starting to wonder, at least when it comes to the burning mouth, dysphagia, and dermatitis. Thanks for the link, Paul!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                      Thanks all for the feedback of the foods related calamaties of the hard palate...now that we've digressed to Kiwi, i must say that Kiwi, as much as I can't stand that hairball of fruit...does cause an itchy trauma to my throat, and that thing that hangs down in the back of the mouth....I've long since overcome the food allergies of my youth ie: strawberry, mango, carnation strawberry instant breakfast, lik-a-maid, country corn flakes w dried berries....but those damn kiwi's what a nasty fruit....i look at a kiwi tart in a supermarket grocery and i start forming shingles on my brow.....

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                        Funny you should say that. I too have never had an allergic reaction to any foodstuffs, though I do react badly to mosquito bites. I was wondering just the other day whether, as I aged, my tolerance for foodstuffs would diminish with time

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                                          I would be really depressed if I suddenly started developing food allergies now that I'm into my 30s. I already had to basically give up shellfish because that particular type of allergy is rampant in my husband's family. Multiple members of his family have had extremely severe reactions. He's never been tested (those tests are so ungodly expensive and our insurance has never been willing to cover them!), but I'm terrified either he or our 3-year-old might be allergic. I miss shrimp....

                                                                                                                                                          Please excuse the digression! Another food I can think of that always ends up destroying my mouth is the extremely sour version of those Starburst candies. The candy is actually soft, but the flavoring agents basically dissolve the skin of the roof of my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                            I think as you grow up you, overcome the fruit allergies ( for those of us who suffered) but many seem to develop a severe allergic reaction to seafood ( especially shrimp and other shellfish)..my dad being one who almost had a near fatal incident years ago ...and I'm about at that same age now...luckily nothing has happened yet.....

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: paulispumonti

                                                                                                                                                              Developing a major allergy like that after you've developed a real taste for the food - that would be horrid! I miss shellfish like crazy (I occasionally dream about a steamed mussels in white wine and butter sauce dish I used to get when I lived in a place with access to fresh seafood), but at least I know that in theory I can still eat them. With kiwi, I like the taste, but it wouldn't be earth-shattering if I could never eat one again. Here's hoping you never develop that shellfish allergy! My husband's brother nearly died because of his unknown shellfish allergy when he was quite young. Because of the genetic element for shellfish allergy, I'm perpetually scanning foods for any shellfish components; they pop up in the oddest things....

                                                                                                                                                              When I was little, I would eat grits for breakfast every morning. One day I read about people putting hot sauce in them, so I went to the fridge and got out a bottle of tabasco sauce. I dumped in about half the bottle (I was maybe 6 or 7 at the time), stirred it into my grits, and tried to eat them. Between the temperature heat of the grits and the spice heat of the tabasco, I seared off several layers of skin before my father realized there was something wrong. I still love grits, but I've never been able to add anything but butter, salt, and black pepper since then!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: paulispumonti

                                                                                                                                                                Well, I thought I had no food allergies until I was in my mid-30s, a few years ago, when I discovered, to my dismay, I'm allergic to mango. I don't recall having been much exposed to mango as a child, as you just couldn't buy it in our local grocery stores back then. A number of years ago, a friend gave me three or four mangos, and over the course of the next few days, I ate them all (they were small ones). My face seemed a little puffy at first, and my lips a little itchy, but by the third or fourth day, my face was so swollen I could hardly open my eyes. I can still eat mango in small quantities and find myself sometimes pushing the limits. It's a shame because I love mango. Why couldn't I be allergic to brussels sprouts?

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                                  I know...I like kiwi, but I don't love them, so it's not so bad for me. But why couldn't I have reacted to something like, say, canned green beans? Bleeech. I think I'll start that thread later tonight once I finish my classwork.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                            I lived my whole life loving macadamia nuts and never having a food allergy. When I was 26, I ate macadamia nuts twice in the same week, and each time got head to toe hives. No more macadamia nuts for me :( They were my favorite, too.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                              You know, we should all make this into a new thread...When Did You Develop Your Food Allergy(ies)? Now I'm actually pretty curious about when people saw things go wrong, or alternately, clear up. Where on earth would you list that in the boards?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                                That would definitely go on the NAF board. I'm lucky - no food allergies that I'm aware of. But my mother must be very careful with strawberries and chocolate. Both give her "halos" and severe headaches if she eats too much of it....not an allergy, per se, but a food restriction.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                  Ah, classic migraine with aura, my old nemesis! I avoid bubble gum like the plague for the same reason. I didn't know if since it did technically involve foods if it would belong on the NAF board. But I'll probably go start one over there.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                      Bizarre! I get the same thing, too: kiwi - especially if it isn't quite ripe enough yet - wrecks the top of my mouth and burns like crazy. I didn't realize that this was abnormal! (And no, I'm not allergic to latex.)

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: vorpal

                                                                                                                                                        We hashed this out on a thread I started on the Not About Food board, but it's apparently a type a food allergy called Oral Allergy Syndrome. It apparently occurs as a reaction to fresh fruits and vegetables and can be avoided by cooking these foods. Here's a link to a useful article about it: http://allergies.about.com/od/foodall...

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: tonina_mdc

                                                                                                                                                        There's some enzymes in kiwis that cut up proteins, perhaps your mouth is sensitive to that.

                                                                                                                                                      3. Would you believe anchovies? I ate one at a restaurant and got a piece of bone stuck in the roof of my mouth that they couldn't even remove in the emergency department.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                          ugh . . . poor you! Did it eventually work itself out? Or is it still embedded in there . . . grown over . . .

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cinnamon girl

                                                                                                                                                            I am pretty sure it is embedded there. The doctor said I must have it removed because it's organic and could cause an infection, and with it being so close to my brain, not good. So, at the hospital they scraped away, and I couldn't tell if it was gone. (The doctor really didn't know what he was doing, pulled out all kinds of books, phoned colleagues, etc.,) Of course, the bone was too small to see, even with the flashlight on his head. Once all the scraping healed over, it felt like it was gone, so I didn't go back for more investigation. But, some months later, I burned that area of my mouth on a grilled cheese sandwich (what this thread is all about, haha), and I am sure I felt that bone there. I can't say I am thrilled to be carrying it around with me, but neither am I excited about going to the ENT clinic!!! So, it's there, for now.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                              Gosh. What a saga. You'd think the thing would have dissolved by now. Or broken into pieces every time it's exposed - maybe that's the ticket FT: more grilled cheese! Anyway, I hope you don't have to endure any more scrapings and such.

                                                                                                                                                        2. While I imagine Cap'n Crunch would do it, for me it was Corn Pops...and eating a whole bag of skittles.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: raidar

                                                                                                                                                            Cap't Crunch Crunchberries-I like to collapse them against the roof of my mouth, and suck all the air out of them....SHREDS the roof of my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                              Haha. I totally know exactly what you mean when you collapse them. So good and so bad at the same time!

                                                                                                                                                          2. For what it’s worth, I also am familiar with the palate shredding effects of Cap’n Crunch and scalding pizza. Stale, crusty bread, especially the kind you get at Subway, is a perfect shredder.

                                                                                                                                                            You’d think some of us would have a nicely calloused palate immune to such effects?

                                                                                                                                                            1. LEMONHEADS!

                                                                                                                                                              A few years back my sister and I had to take a 12 hour car trip to visit our ailing father...we bought a bag of Brach's lemonheads to take along and ended up finishing the whole bag on the drive up. Our mouths were shredded!!

                                                                                                                                                              1. Bacardi 151, roof of mouth, stomach, bowels; all fried.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                  You think that's bad, try Everclear (the liquor, not the band!) It's 190 proof, if I remember correctly. I made that mistake once in my college days. Once. It destroyed pretty much every part of me with which it had contact. My mouth felt like someone had thrown a match that managed to stay lit for a couple of days inside it.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Any Doritos type chips with the extreme flavoring make my mouth feel like the inside of a vacuum cleaner. I can only eat plain ones. Re allergies, I once ate 8 clementines and broke out in a rash that looked like the measles. Never had a problem before then. Now I will only eat one or two.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cathodetube

                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, what a shame! I love clementines and I always scarf down at least four at a sitting. They're so tiny and tart, how can one resist? Isn't it odd how something like that can just happen out of the blue? I really have to start that food allergy thread....

                                                                                                                                                                  2. I believe I have the ultimate...I have order a candy called Toxic Waste and the label suggests not eating more than one per day as it could cause mouth damage I am thinking from citric acid extract i cannot wait i will reply here if i lose all the skin from the inside of my mouth

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Owwie: I made a cheese souffle for supper tonight. The inside of one of them things gets mighty hot - esp when you've got residual hacked up gums from something else. Kind of akin to onion soup with melted cheese crouton.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Any kind of homemade hot soup!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. Long gone but fondly remembered, Buitoni Toaster Pizza rounds were the absolute BEST way to destroy your mouth for good. Uber-thin crust around earth-core-temp molten tomato sauce and cheese, and all sweet and innocent-looking until you bit into it.

                                                                                                                                                                          Gosh how I miss them. :(

                                                                                                                                                                          1. salt and vinegar chips def..and also apple empanadas from taco bell! delicious molten lava in apple form. YUM.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. The one that still gets me every time is scalding wanton noodle soup. Because I'm so addicted I can never wait for it to cool. My biggest problem lies in not the first mouthful, which should be a warning tool for me to stop for a moment, but my greed which forces me to continue. After three or four scalding gulps my whole oropharynx is scalded, blistered and peeling. There's nothing quite like a good bowl of wanton noodle soup.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I'm pretty good at avoiding the hot foods, but the crunchy ones get me. Like Cap'n Crunch. And Snyder's pretzel nuggets! Especially the savory ones, because I have to suck the seasoning off first. Popcorn -- I always end up with at least one cut on my gums. And Nerds -- crunch *plus* citric acid.

                                                                                                                                                                                I have the itchy mouth reaction to raw pineapple and all raw stone fruits -- peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries. All my favorites. Sometimes it's worth the itch.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Most people seem to be mentioning pizza for heat... I always thought it was a texture thing from the crispy base... hmmm. Pizza for dinner tomorrow night to experiment!

                                                                                                                                                                                  Also chuppa chups. Especially if they have an air bubble that makes sharp edges

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. OK I know this post is old....but I just gotta laugh. I just had a Stouffer's French Bread Pizza for lunch and now the roof of my mouth is all torn up. I did a Google search for "scrape the roof of my mouth" just for the hell of it, and a link to this topic came up! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chickky311

                                                                                                                                                                                      Ohh, I used to love those Stouffer's French Bread pizzas as a younger lad - serious roof burnage for sure when I couldn't wait to take a bite.

                                                                                                                                                                                      People have mentioned the Cap'n Crunch phenomenon. My childhood roof tearer was Crunch Berries, but as an adult I've gotten away from that.

                                                                                                                                                                                      However, I have a new replacement as I've gone to adulthood - Kashi Go-Lean Crunch! cereal. I need to soak that for a couple minutes before taking a bite (I usually spend that time putting it away in the freezer to get some extra coldness)

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chickky311

                                                                                                                                                                                        I had one for lunch a few days ago - and it STILL roughs up the roof of my mouth, even if I'm careful to wait until it cools down!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Fried amaebi heads and McDonald's coffee drunk through a straw.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Not at the same time, mind you...

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. HOT POCKETS! As made famous by this Jim Gaffigan bit:


                                                                                                                                                                                          "Will it burn my mouth?"

                                                                                                                                                                                          "It will destroy your mouth."

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Frito Pie. First the Fritos tear things up a bit and then throw salt and hot chili into the mix- perfect recipe for raw mouth!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Salt bagels will shred the roof of the mouth and then add salt to the wound. (when do we get to use that phrase and mean it literally?

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Crunchy cheetoes, at least when eaten to excess. Yikes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jlhinwa

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fresh pineapple did for me. I think that I ate a whole one in one sitting. My whole mouth was sore and my tongue was bleeding. I still eat fresh pineapple, but only a few ounces at a time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. a couple months ago i had a meatball banh mi from a place that uses super thick-crusted, crusty, craggy bread - it' was delicious, but this one time, it got me just right. it dug up a triangular shaped chunk out of the roof of my mouth, with the chunk still attached on one end, and it GUSHED. banh mi bloody sandwich, it was. it bled for at least 20 minutes as i tried to eat around the torrent. Didn't deter me from having those again...just a little more gingerly. but then i changed jobs to a different part of the City, and my new banh mi place has much thinner-crusted bread - still good, and a lot less dangerous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Oh, and another. When i used to waitress at Spires (a So. Cal. coffee shop), a favorite sandwich was the beefeater - cheese bread stuffed with thin slices of roast beef, cheese, and the whole thing griddled til raspy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                      OMG. Spires.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That brings back memories of late-night/early morning jaunts while I was in high school.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. french onion soup that you dont realize is super hot until the cheese fuses to the roof of your mouth

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. that's usually me not the food; when i get impatient and eat it while it's too hot, but I will say I've scratched it pretty good with a baguette too (and it wasn't hot)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. For me, its ginger snaps! They are soooo good, but the little bastards are so crunchy that they kill my mouth after the first handful. I'm not a huge fan of dunking things in milk... I love the crunchy sweet spiciness the way it is, it just eventually gets to me...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Pineapple will do a real number if you overdo it- I suspect papaya would be worse, but I'm not that fond of it. I also get a something's-wrong-here feeling from walnuts some times; not even a guess on that one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Had four molars removed last week and due to an unfortunate sugar craving I got a bag of jolly ranchers..... now on top of the molar removal pain, the roof of my mouth hurts SO BAD!! Especially every time I swallow : (

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. For me it's pop corn... peels my gums and sometimes my skin... not sure what it is maybe the salt?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyway this occurs when I have sweet and salty pop corn as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Captain Crunch, haven't eaten it in 30 years, and i still remember it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I eat some cheese crackers and scratched the roof of my mouth plus jabbed it into my gums... Be careful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Cap'n Crunch has already received quite a lashing, but I'm joining the pile on. I'd eat multiple bowls in a sitting at one point in my life, and it was worth all the pain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tootsie Roll pops and, to a slightly lesser degree, Blow Pops. Once you suck on them for a few minutes, those crevasses open up on and start attacking. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A couple of people have mentioned fresh pineapple.... I've never eaten a ton of it fresh in one sitting, but I once ate a lot that I had frozen. My mouth was SO SORE for hours. It was terrible. I thought it had something to do with the fact that it was partially frozen, but now I'm thinking it was just the pineapple.