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tastes like... funny flavour associations

when i was a kid, one of my first "ah ha!" flavour moments was when i realized that black cherry ice cream tasted like almond essence. some thousands of meals later and some more complex foods down the hatch, i've recently been having some really funny flavour associations and was wondering what other chows might have tasted?

most recently:
dehydrated tomato and vermouth - haw flakes
earl grey and salt milk chocolate - flintstones chewable vitamins (mostly the tea leaves left in the chocolate)
chardonnay - strong strong malt, like whoppers with a wine edge

when i mentioned it, some of the other diners agreed and so i know it wasn't my tastebuds going out of whack for the day. anyone else had some funny tastes like.... moments?

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  1. I have had (more than once) chocolate bundt cake that I thought tasted like Play Dough smells. I have never discussed this with anyone.

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    1. re: calliope_nh

      yes yes I so get that! Usually the packet ones like Duncan Hines or Sara Lee

    2. the obvious - Natto - smells and taste the stinky feet.

      Sea Urchin - Pumpkin Custard

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        1. re: jhopp217

          hahaha I knew someone was going to give me a hard time about that. Taste like stinky feet smell. :)

      1. I'm stating the obvious here; cilantro=soap. At least that was my first impression, and I associated it with a certain punishment for being sassy ;-)
        Now, I love it. Can't pile on enough.

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        1. re: monavano

          Agreed. I couldn't eat anything with cilantro growing up & my mom just didn't get it!

          1. re: monavano

            Agree. I still hate cilantro by itself and have to hold my breath while chopping it, but if I leave it out of a dish, I miss it. I think it must be magic.

            1. re: Isoldamay

              You know, the funny thing is that I grew to love it! Why I tasted soap the first time I ate it and why I no longer associate it is a mystery to me.

            2. re: monavano

              Why is it that I've read a million boards with this analogy and I just don't see it. I love the smell and the taste

              1. re: jhopp217

                I've heard it's a genetic thing with some people picking up different aldehydes which exsist in cilantro, while others dont. Also, repeated exposure to eating cilantro can reshape how one enjoyes it. I'm sure glad I kept at it.

                1. re: monavano

                  Actually, every once in a while, I can see what those who smell soap are talking about; I get a whiff. But mostly I don't. It's odd.

              2. Frozen spinach/dried up lawn clippings

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                1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                  Which begs the question just HOW you know what dried up lawn clippings taste like? ;-)

                2. Speaking of whoppers I think they taste a lot like a chocolate stout.

                  French Fries dipped in a Wendy's frosty - apple pie a la mode crust

                  Lavender - soap

                  Escargot - buttery garlic mushrooms

                  licorice - cough syrup

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                  1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                    I just can't get behind lavender in food for that reason.

                    1. re: shanagain

                      yeah i can't get behind it much either but I'd bath in it :)

                      1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                        On my 8th bday, my grandmother sent me some lavender bath sachets and I thought they were candy, handed 'em out at my party. Oops.

                        1. re: tatamagouche

                          Hahahah that is pretty hilarious. My friend came back from India and had us try an Indian breath freshener. After tasting it, it tasted like soap to me, I thought she had given my potpourri. lol.