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Popular flavors that you don't care for

I know this has been done, but not in a while, plus the threads get so long and unwieldy. What flavors just plain turn you off? I think we can leave mayo/Miracle whip out of this one completely. Please don't snark others' choices and don't mention mouth feel or other aspects of eating. This is a flavor-only thread, although smell can factor into it since they're so interwined.

Hazelnuts- just don't like the taste
Dill- really don't like the taste, except in dill pickles, for some reason.
Most yellow curries- I like all the ingredients separately, just don't care for the alchemical combination that most people love

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  1. There is a flavor used in many storebought cookies (such as Pepperidge Farm) called "natural butter flavor." I have no idea how they derive it, but it's vile. When I see that on a label, I just don't buy the product. I usually bake everything from scratch anyway, but every once in a while, I'd like to pick up a packet of cookies without that stuff in it!

    I also dislike hazelnuts, but I think it's because most of the hazelnuts sold in the US are rancid and bitter, which wrecks the taste of everything they're in.

    And I hesitate to say that I hate white chocolate because I don't think that has a flavor other than bland sweet fat, and there's definitely an unpleasant mouthfeel component there as well.

    Acai and goji berries, two trendy foods, are also really nasty to me. I avoid the juice and tea fridge at WF because those two berries are in almost everything these days. Make them go away!

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    1. re: Isolda

      I also hate that fake butter flavor. So nasty.

      1. re: Isolda

        We live near a company that makes that "natural" butter flavor. It smells horrible on the days that they are making it.

        1. re: Isolda

          chocolate, except if it's really, really dark like 85%
          coffee with milk, though I'm a huge fan of black coffee

          1. re: Isolda

            "Butter flavor" is indeed vile. In Mexico I swear they even put it in butter. When we were living there, I used to buy imported butters to avoid it.

            But I think that any of the artificial butter flavors are disgusting - almond may top the list. Artificial vanilla flavor is also right up there. Also mint and strawberry. Feh!

            1. re: Isolda

              If you have a Turkish store in your area, or a Turkish restaurant, get hazelnuts from them. Apricots, too...

            2. Anything with chipotle
              Anything with liquid smoke
              Anything chevre/goat cheese-flavored

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              1. re: berkleybabe

                I'm totally there on the liquid smoke. Chipotle I used to abhor, but it saturated everything in the past few years that somehow my palate tolerates it now. Adore chevre!

                1. re: berkleybabe

                  +goat cheese
                  +chipotle (ugh ugh ugh)

                  1. re: berkleybabe

                    I had a bottle of mesquite smoke elixir that dove out of the cabinet and smashed on the floor,. It smelled like an apartment fire for several months. But I didn't hate it :-)

                  2. Anything melon flavored
                    Mint (stand alone--it's okay when mixed with other herbs)

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                    1. re: nofunlatte

                      +1 with the mint. Don't like it much mixed, either.

                      1. re: nofunlatte

                        Totally agree about both melon and mint.

                        1. re: guilty

                          Funny, I like those better together than separately. They sort of cancel each other out.

                          1. re: nofunlatte

                            I hate mint in anything other than gum, toothpaste, or mouthwash. If I'm reading a menu description or a recipe and I see mint, I stop reading immediately. American Cheese, same thing. I would rather NOT have cheese on something than have American cheese. I agree with the posters below with papaya. Banana flavouring. Oh! I can't believe I forgot green bell peppers! Any color or type of pepper BUT green bell peppers!

                            1. re: kubasd23

                              melted American cheese makes me gag!!!

                              1. re: kubasd23

                                The *only* way I like green pepper is on pizza with onion.

                                1. re: kubasd23

                                  +1 on American Cheese! And when people get the animal style fries at In'n'Out...and the cheese isn't even melted all the way and you KNOW it's a kraft single...UGH UGH UGH.

                                  1. re: frannieface77

                                    How sad is it that that is the cheese we stuck our name on... American cheese, it's hardly even cheese. so gross.

                                    1. re: Firenzilla

                                      American cheese is a conundrum. In its genuine form, it is supposed to be a blend of swiss and cheddar cheeses. Seems harmless enough, if boring. But many pseudo-cheeses market themselves as "american" in large letters, with words like "processed cheese" and "cheese food" and "cheese product" in tiny letters. These frankenstein, plastic cheeses are allowed to call themselves american, but not to call themselves just "cheese". If you must eat american cheese, do the full-fat, unflavored, Kraft Deluxe American (NOT singles!). It is still sort of bland and smarmy, but last time I looked it was at least still cheese. It might actually have a role to play in our society: To help wean people off of Velveeta!!!!

                                  2. re: kubasd23

                                    Yeah, banana flavoring is disgusting. And also tastes absolutely nothing like banana. The fact that anyone can taste it and say "this is banana" is just a testament to brainwashing...

                                2. I sat for ten minutes thinking about this, and the only thing I came up with is papaya, I can't get excited about it, and banana extract, chemical smell and taste, just nasty. I don't know how popular banana extract is, but yeech.

                                  I used to work with a chef who hated dill, and talked about how he hated it all the time. It got to be a joke after a while.

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                                  1. re: bushwickgirl

                                    ditto on the papaya. How could I have forgotten that one? My daughter loves it, so I buy it quite a lot, but it smells and tastes a little like vomit to me.

                                    And any fruit extracts other than vanilla, citrus, or almond are generally not very good to me.

                                      1. re: bushwickgirl

                                        Ripe or green papaya? Or all? I've never been a fan of it ripe, but I love me some green papaya salad.

                                        1. re: Terrieltr

                                          Ripe, can't get excited, green, get very excited.

                                        2. re: bushwickgirl

                                          Papaya tastes like dirty feet to me. And oddly, mango, which is in the same family, is one of my favorite fruits.

                                          1. re: chicgail

                                            Mango: scientific name Mangifera indica L.
                                            Papaya: scientific name Carica Papaya
                                            They are both tropical fruits, but not related.

                                            1. re: chicgail

                                              I'm sorry, chicgail, but the question must be asked: How do you know what dirty feet taste like? :-}

                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                  Smell and taste go together closely, do they not?

                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                    It may be that ome questions must be asked, but some questions must not be answered.

                                                  1. re: acgold7

                                                    Going back in time to ditto "fennel." I don't like it in any way, shape or form.

                                                    Also, that type of coffee roast that leaves a sour-ish/bitter taste in my mouth.

                                                  2. Agree on the hazelnuts -- if they're fresh/just picked, they're nice and sweet and nutty. But most you get in the store are bitter or rancid.

                                                    On that note -- HATE cashews. It's like eating meal. Blech. It doesn't deserve to be called a nut for that alone.

                                                    US-style cake frosting. Too sweet, too much, too everything.

                                                    Funny about dill. I love dill a lot, but I hate dill pickles. Go figure. That's about all I can come up with. I'm an EO eater.

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                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                      Funny thing about cashews is that they aren't actually a nut... so there's your out.

                                                    2. The previous posts sparked some yucks from me, along with some new ones:

                                                      Papaya (and Mr. Pine loves it)


                                                      Peppermint (but I like spearmint)

                                                      Rosemary (I grow the plant and like the smell; just don't like the taste & mouthfeel in foods)
                                                      Fresh dill (but I grow the plant and it's fine dried)

                                                      Fishy fish

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                                                      1. re: pine time

                                                        Rosemary: I forget which cookbook of mine suggested this (I think it's one of Elizabeth David's), but to avoid the "mouthfeel of prickly little pine needles", the suggestion was to simmer rosemary branches in cream or broth and then add only the liquid to the dish. You get the rosemary flavor, somewhat muted, and no spikiness.

                                                        1. re: jmckee

                                                          Sounds like a great solution if you like the flavor, just not the texture, but I can't tolerate either.

                                                          1. re: jmckee

                                                            Use a spice bag/muslin/cheese cloth baggie?
                                                            If fresh, use the entire twig then fish out the twig(s) at the end? Pick the twig off a roast?

                                                        2. Dislike most commercial chocolate except Belgian. Too sweet for me. Like cocoa especially in a well-balanced mole sauce.

                                                          Avoid things with peppermint flavoring as most turn me off. Like real mint.

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                                                          1. re: Seeker19104

                                                            I don't do anything chocolate either, though I can tolerate it in applications where there is a very small amount and the dominant flavor is something that I like. It's not a sweetness thing, I just don't like the taste or the smell.

                                                            Was baking brownies for a bake sale earlier this week and had to leave the kitchen...the smell was so pervasive.

                                                          2. Hazelnuts. At least I'm in good company!
                                                            Peanut butter is a pet peeve of mine. Don't like it in just about everything, particularly desserts. I do like most asian style peanut sauces, though.

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                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                              No offense, but i can't stand hazelnuts, I finally decided. Most of the rest, yes, except for Brazil nuts and sometimes pecans. Other times, pecans are really good.

                                                            2. agree with dill, papaya, fennel.

                                                              I hate fake strawberry flavor, spearmint and wintergreen anything.

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                                                              1. re: smartie

                                                                I hate fake strawberry flavor. I allowed myself to indulge in a Crumbs cupcake, picked a strawberry flavored one, and had to throw it out after one bite. Such awful medicinal-"strawberry" flavor ruining what could have been a nearly guilt free cupcake splurge!

                                                                I'm not a fan of fake lemon- reminds me too much of cleaning supplies. And I'm one of those people who hates cilantro. Tastes like soap.

                                                                1. re: brightside16

                                                                  Count me in with the cilantro haters! Can taste it even if there's only a speck of it in something.


                                                                    1. re: brightside16

                                                                      Meanwhile, I *hate* strawberries and just about all fake strawberry flavor things, but on rare occasions, I will eat strawberry poptarts. To me they don't taste like strawberries or fake strawberries. They are a sugary entity unto their own. I might eat them like once or twice a year.

                                                                  1. Peppermint candy, even Candy canes.
                                                                    Marshmellow anything.

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                                                                    1. re: mcel215

                                                                      Agree on the oregano. The smell icks me out, too.

                                                                      1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                        I like oregano in moderation. Type matters too.

                                                                        1. re: huiray

                                                                          Which kind do you prefer? I like Mexican oregano, myself.

                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                            That is SO interesting! I recently bought Mexican oregano for the first time out of curiosity, and used it on Greek salad. I don't know that I liked it as much as the Mediterranean -- found it rather intense & almost like it was an herb mix (sage? rosemary?).

                                                                            I don't think they are interchangeable -- applications you prefer for the Mex?

                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                              chili, salsa, ropa vieja. tons of stuff, really. totally different spice -- better with water-cooking, less good for pizza topping.

                                                                              1. re: Chowrin

                                                                                yeah, it might work well in pasta sauce, when it has time to mellow out some. tho then i may as well use the med stuff :-)

                                                                              2. re: linguafood

                                                                                Mexican oregano is a totally different plant from Mediterranean oregano. They smell and taste entirely differently. I keep both in my pantry.

                                                                                1. re: chicgail

                                                                                  Yes, I think I might have mentioned that above.

                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                    You did. I was agreeing with you, lingafood.

                                                                                    I found this on Penzey's site:

                                                                                    "Mediterranean and Mexican oregano are two different plants, but because they are used in the same way and have a somewhat similar flavor they are both called oregano. Mediterranean oregano grows wild on the hilly mountainsides of southern Europe and is an essential ingredient in so many of the dishes from the region. ... Mexican oregano is stronger and less sweet, well-suited to the spicy, hot, cumin-flavored dishes of Mexico and Central America- perfect for chili and salsa."

                                                                                    1. re: chicgail

                                                                                      Probably because I tend to make Mexican/Caribbean/stronger flavored meals, I guess htat's why I like the mexican oregano. What's the Cubano oregano like? It's a great-looking plant, and a former neighbor told me that that's what they used in central America, or was it South America? Fuzzy big round leaves, smells good. Does anybody use that for cooking here?

                                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                        "Fuzzy big round leaves, smells good. Does anybody use that for cooking here?"

                                                                                        EWSflash, it sounds like you're referring to Cuban oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus), not Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens). Mexican oregano leaves are ovate and only slightly fuzzy, Cuban oregano leaves are mostly round, very fuzzy, and thick. The Mexican oregano is tall and woody with somewhat sparse foliage, while the Cuban kind is short with much higher leaf density. The Cuban kind is definitely a nicer looking plant, especially the variegated kind.

                                                                                        The Cuban kind is by far the most aromatic of all the oreganos I grow. If you rub your fingers on a leaf it will smell strongly like it for the next hour. I can often smell it just standing near the plant and the smell is incredible and intoxicating. The only other herb that has such an amazing smell to me is Thai basil. I like all the oreganos but the Cuban kind is really good with black beans.

                                                                                        1. re: StringerBell

                                                                                          Right, I grow the Mexican oregano, I've just never tried the Cuban. May have to order some next spring if I can't find any locally.
                                                                                          And I LOVE Thai basil- what a fabulous combination of tastes.

                                                                                      2. re: chicgail

                                                                                        "cumin-flavored dishes of Mexico?" Mexican food very rarely has any cumin in it, unless an American is cooking it.

                                                                                        1. re: StringerBell

                                                                                          Surprised to read that. Bags and bags of comino are sold in the Mexican markets I shop at in California. I supposed only the Americans are using it.

                                                                                          1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                            This sounds like the when I was informed by somebody living in Iowa recently that potatoes are only used in Mexican cooking at places like Taco Bell and only so Americans will eat it...and completely refuses to believe me that potatoes are very common in burritos, tacos, etc here, at restaurants with entirely Mexican staffs and nearly completely Mexican clientele.

                                                                                            1. re: Jackie007

                                                                                              Your anecdote is insulting (implying that I do not know real Mexican food) and irrelevant. I never claimed that cumin is not used in authentic Mexican food, just that it is not used nearly as much as Americans think and is certainly not a defining flavor.

                                                                                              Also, potatoes are actually not extremely prevalent in Mexican cuisine either, despite being one of the major centers for genetic diversity. They originated in the mountains of Peru and require a cool, mild climate, that's why Idaho is known for potatoes and not Texas or Florida. They do not grow well in most of Mexico, the exception being certain high altitude areas, and only fairly recently (the last 50 years or so) have they been gaining more widespread usage largely because of the work the Rockefeller Foundation did with potatoes in Mexico in the 1950s to increase yields and disease resistance. Per capita consumption of potatoes in Mexican is only about 17kg, as opposed to 400 kg for corn. http://www.potato2008.org/en/world/la...

                                                                                              They actually import a lot of potatoes from the US and Canada now, much of which no doubt is not actually used in Mexican food but is instead used for things like french fries. Yes potatoes are used in south of the border Mexican food, but if someone were to refer to the "potato-filled cuisine of Mexico," that would be even more of an extreme misrepresentation than "cumin-flavored cuisine of Mexico."

                                                                                              1. re: StringerBell

                                                                                                Get off your high horse...and potatoes are pretty common in Chihuahuan dishes. I'm not referring to Mexican cuisine as a monolith, but rather as what's common around my area and Juarez.

                                                                                                Have a margarita and chill.

                                                                                                1. re: Jackie007

                                                                                                  I am already chill, that's why I don't make snide drive by comments. Maybe you should have a Christmas style burrito and chill.

                                                                                          2. re: StringerBell

                                                                                            "Mexican food very rarely has any cumin in it, unless an American is cooking it."

                                                                                            I'm not buying this.

                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                              My Mexican born friend, a fantastic cook, will be shocked to hear this.

                                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                "I'm not buying this."

                                                                                                Well, I don't know what to tell you, but it's true. I have a lot of Mexican friends, from Veracruz, Mexico City, Chiapas, and Oaxaca. I've eaten their food and their non English-speaking moms' food countless times and it rarely has any cumin. Some of them are excellent cooks and I talk with them and ask them questions and advice about certain things on a regular basis. I grow and share with them a lot of plants that are common in Mexican food that are hard to find here fresh, even at Mexican grocery stores, so they're always offering me food.

                                                                                                Certain dishes like cochinita pibil or mixiotes, sure. Cumin was brought over with the Spanish and has penetrated their cuisine somewhat but not to anywhere near the level it is used in Tex Mex or Americanized Mexican food, or Indian food for that matter. I cook Mexican food all the time and browse recipes in Spanish and they rarely have cumin in them. Search for the same recipe in English and it's likely to contain cumin. If you look through Diana Kennedy's books the recipes also rarely use cumin. Putting cumin in everything = Tex Mex.

                                                                                                1. re: StringerBell

                                                                                                  There is a big difference between "rarely" and "used in everything" - I just paged through my well-worn Cuisines of Mexico by Diana Kennedy and saw moderate cumin usage in the dishes where I would expect it. I would not call its appearance "rarely". The same thing in my 3 Rick Bayless books. Of course it is not in every dish any more than Americans put.....uh, ketchup (sorry I lack a a better example off the top of my head) in everything.

                                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                    It seems we're mostly arguing semantics. I flipped through Rick Bayless' Authentic Mexican last night and started counting through recipes until I got to around 80 and about 10% of them had cumin, most of them very little, maybe 1/4 teaspoon or so. Most of those were meat seasonings that featured a lot of various spices. In these recipes the cumin is about as prominent as black pepper, maybe less so. If I were to eat any of these dishes I find it unlikely that I would even be able to tell there was cumin in it, unlike in Tex Mex dishes where the flavor is prominent. Wouldn't you agree that referring to Mexican cuisine as "cumin-flavored" is a little ridiculous? There is probably as much or more black pepper by weight used in Mexican food than cumin, it would be just as silly had they referred to the "spicy, black pepper-flavored dishes of Mexico."

                                                                                                    1. re: StringerBell

                                                                                                      I'll go along with that, generally speaking.

                                                                                    2. re: EWSflash

                                                                                      I usually use the garden variety commonly sold in garden centers in the USA for fresh stuff (Probably "Spanish oregano"? [Origanum vulgare] but could be Greek or Italian oregano, I think, and presumably varying from one place to the other, and where the supplier's plants were grown. I'm not entirely sure which one I have in my garden now) or the dried stuff supplied in US supermarkets or Penzeys (which may be a mixture). Dried "Mexican oregano" [not a true oregano] which I pick up in Mexican/Spanish groceries or supermercados is coarser-looking and rougher in taste, also more pungent. I use the dried "Mexican" type with more caution in stuff like stews. Fresh Russian oregano (I grew some one year - at least that was what it was labeled as from the Garden center) was nasty to me taste-wise, and not particularly handsome as a plant anyway.

                                                                                      "Sweet Marjoram" - which is technically synonymous with Oreganum/oregano - I find nice, too, but rarely used by me as I find the variety commonly available as such in the USA to be somewhat weak in flavor for my taste, at least when used fresh. It's nice with scrambled eggs done as a quick dump-and-scramble dish, no dairy. [not the slow-stirred low heat French way, which I don't do].

                                                                                      A few links:

                                                                                2. re: mcel215

                                                                                  Agree on the marshmallow. The texture, as well as the flavor, turns me off.

                                                                                  1. re: cheesemaestro

                                                                                    You guys should try homemade marshmallows. TOTALLY different from store bought.

                                                                                    1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                      Yes! Not even close. It is like a completely different food. I would never buy marshmallows for any reason. Oh - maybe in a craft for kids but not to eat!

                                                                                    1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                                                      I can't do this one either, though for me, I'll say that my issue is artificial apple flavoring. Anything with 'real' apple flavor is out already because of a life threatening apple allergy. I've tried some artificially flavored apple things, and they creep me out so much (feels like I'm doing something wrong) that I just can't do it.

                                                                                    2. Orange + chocolate

                                                                                      Butter cookies

                                                                                      Orange creme

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                                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                        +1 on the orange/chocolate combo. Like them both separately, tho.

                                                                                          1. re: pine time

                                                                                            Yeah, isn't that weird.

                                                                                            I think the same applies for things like raspberry, cranberry, etc. and chocolate.

                                                                                          2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                            I really hate orange + chocolate comination.
                                                                                            Orange creme sounds disgusting.

                                                                                            1. re: laliz

                                                                                              Another yuck for the orange and chocolate combo.

                                                                                            2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                              I used to hate the orange/chocolate combo, but i've recently come around

                                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                Orange + chocolate = no way for me!

                                                                                              2. Oatmeal





                                                                                                Brazil nuts

                                                                                                Sweet potato/Yams









                                                                                                Coconut- The worst!!


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                                                                                                  1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                    Nopales are flat cactus pads with the thorns removed (hopefully!!). And they taste like a rubbery/slimy cross between green beans and okra. I try to avoid them at all cost. Mexicans like them though and use them in a lot of their cooking.

                                                                                                    1. re: arktos

                                                                                                      Mmmmmm, nopales- I loves 'em.I even grow my own. Real good in a chile colorado sauce

                                                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                        I hate to yum someone's yuck, but nopales are soooooo yummable.

                                                                                                  2. re: arktos

                                                                                                    I am WITH you on the sweet potatoes and licorice! Also things that have that flavour, like fennel or tarragon. Blech.

                                                                                                    1. Cilantro
                                                                                                      Anything with red dye (especially candy)

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                                                                                                        1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                          I know that sounds slightly odd, but i find I can detect a certain underlying chemical bitterness to anything with an abundance of red food coloring, except red velvet cake, thank God.

                                                                                                          1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                            I can taste red dye too, and it is horrid. It can slide by in a decent red velvet cake, but if it makes it into a frosting, I think I am eating poison.

                                                                                                            Thai Basil is my thing. It smells like old fashioned, soapy hair tonic and tastes like soap. If it is in my food, I cannot eat the dish. The smell and taste turn me off. Regular basil is okay.

                                                                                                            I am not a fan of cilantro too, and can't figure out how people just substitute it for flat leafed parsley as though they really were the same. I can deal with it in things like guacamole, where it is necessary..

                                                                                                            1. re: RGC1982

                                                                                                              Thai basil (húng quế) is yummy to me. I even use it by the fistful as a veggie in soups, added at the end, tender stems and flowers and all.

                                                                                                              1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                I love thai basil! I grew some last year in my herb garden, in large part because I can rarely find it in my grocery store! I put it in most of my stir fries, non thai ones included!

                                                                                                                1. re: kubasd23

                                                                                                                  I grew quite a few plants too. However, I got a lot from Chinese/Vietnamese groceries around here. There was also a Vietnamese restaurant specializing in phở with an attached grocery which got in their basil mainly from Texas. I would pick up a pound or two of freshly arrived stuff from time to time, sometimes several weeks in a row. They relocated & ceased their grocery side of the business so when I want stuff other than/more than what I get from my plants I go to the other places.

                                                                                                                  I see from your profile you are in SE Connecticut. Google indicates there are at least 2 Chinese/Asian grocers (and a Japanese grocer) in the Groton/New London area - do they not carry Thai basil?

                                                                                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                    I have to admit, I haven't been to those.... I'll have to google it and find them and check it out. There is an Asian grocer about 20 min from here, but they didn't have any produce.... buckets of frogs? yes. Thai basil? no. haha. Thanks for the tip though, I have no idea why I didn't think of something as simple as using google...

                                                                                                              2. re: RGC1982

                                                                                                                Don't much like basil but I can tolerate it. I don't like it when they add perfumey tastes to perfectly good food like Earl grey shortbreads or lavender honey,

                                                                                                              3. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                Yep, I also try to avoid most stuff that has dye in it...especially cakes that have that horrible neon-colored frosting. The chemical, plasticy taste of dye is really nasty. I actually don't eat red velvet cake because of it.

                                                                                                              4. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                Yup. To me it tastes very bitter and awkward if that makes sense. Like all of the other flavors of the product are completely warped.

                                                                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                  There's a reason cake decorating places sell "no-taste red" color paste and regular. I don't notice it in small amounts though.

                                                                                                                  1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                    I used to win bets that I could pick out red M&M's blindfolded--can't anymore, I think they must have changed to no taste reds.

                                                                                                                    1. re: sparrowgrass

                                                                                                                      Really? When did you stop being able to pick it out? I remember we did blind taste tests of m&ms at summer camp one year. I could always tell blue (slightly chalky, if that makes sense) and brown (sweet and perfect) from yellow, orange, green, and red, which were all slightly sour and off to me, with yellow being the mildest of that bunch and red the strongest. I usually got the correct color for the ones in that group, but I wasn't completely reliable. I had a very hard time tasting the difference between green and red.

                                                                                                                      ...I remember the other kids being somewhat surprised.

                                                                                                                      1. re: celesul

                                                                                                                        I have always insisted that the colors tasted different.... vindication!!!

                                                                                                                        1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                          :-) You could always do a blind taste test. I find the differences in taste very subtle. The dyes aren't supposed to change the flavor, so it's not that noticeable to most people. I dunno. I'm pretty sure that I'm not a supertaster or anything (I feel like I would be pickier if I was...) but I am pretty sensitive to certain flavors. These ones aren't really noticeable unless I'm paying attention.

                                                                                                                          I will admit though, that most of the taste difference people experience with m&ms if they aren't testing them blind, is about our perceptions, not about the flavor of the dyes. The way I'd usually eat m&ms (which I'll admit I generally don't do, because I like shmancy chocolate) isn't going make me aware of the dye taste.

                                                                                                                        2. re: celesul

                                                                                                                          It makes sense, as food colors come from various sources, not some magical single formulation.

                                                                                                                2. definitely rosemary!! yuck!!

                                                                                                                  1. Coconut! The worst.

                                                                                                                    Fake berry flavours
                                                                                                                    Chocolate - actually, just chocolate ice cream for some reason! I love it in most other applications.
                                                                                                                    Lighter-colored beers
                                                                                                                    Do drinks count? If so both full-sugar Coke and Pepsi, which taste sickly sweet.
                                                                                                                    Raw onion

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                                                                                                                    1. re: beccydinosaur

                                                                                                                      Do you ever notice that after eating raw onion that your mouth tastes like cigarettes? (And I don't smoke)

                                                                                                                    2. Any of those special flavored coffees, especially hazelnut and vanilla, and those seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice (oh lord) the smell makes me a bit queasy, and they're everywhere takeout coffee is sold.

                                                                                                                      Jelly beans, even the "good ones" like Jelly Bellies. The sugar makes my teeth ache.

                                                                                                                      Most commercial cookies. They taste artificial.

                                                                                                                      Canned chick peas.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: noodlepoodle

                                                                                                                        oh yes coffee flavors, also that hazelnut fake milk or vanilla which my boss drinks in coffee which smells like body odor.

                                                                                                                        liquorice like anise or ouzo is yuk

                                                                                                                        fake almond flavoring

                                                                                                                        1. re: noodlepoodle

                                                                                                                          Oh, I so agree about those flavored coffees. Whenever I go to a mall and have to walk past one of those coffee shops, I feel really sick. Usually I'm smelling the amaretto one, I think. It makes me never, never go into those places.

                                                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaBambina

                                                                                                                              "What flavor coffee would you like?"
                                                                                                                              "Um, coffee flavored?"

                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                Flavored Coffee = Worst Idea in Hot Beverage History

                                                                                                                              2. re: ChristinaBambina

                                                                                                                                Those flavored liquid non-dairy creamers are really, really nasty. I don't get how people use that stuff, they all have a medicinal taste and the ingredients are absolutely horrendous. Referring to them as "food" is being a little generous in my opinion. Even worse are the powdered non-dairy creamers.

                                                                                                                            2. Grape flavor. I like grapes, Welch's Grape Jam, and wine (unless it tastes grape juicy). Grape juice, candy, Popsicles or medicine - belch, can't stand it.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: calliope_nh

                                                                                                                                good one!! i forgot about how gross it is!

                                                                                                                                1. re: MRS

                                                                                                                                  I guess you do not like Thrills gum!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                    Is that what Thrills is suppose to taste like? All I get is something resembling soap. No thanks!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                      LOL. I passed some around my office and got the same comments.

                                                                                                                              2. Banana-flavored food, although I like bananas
                                                                                                                                Ditto most lemon-flavored desserts
                                                                                                                                Also cinnamon (can be okay if used judiciously and with lots of other spices in, say, pies)
                                                                                                                                Epazote, a truly vile-flavored and vile-smelling herb. Unfortunately I grew it once and it's been self-sowing and coming back every year since- and we've even moved since I planted it on purpose. One day I'll find somebody who likes it and give them my entire crop.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                  I have a roommate right now who has a non life threatening allergy to cinnamon, and is constantly asking me if I added to...whatever I'm making, "because I have to ask." I mean, I understand her reasoning and respect her health concerns, but I don't put cinnamon in beef stew...or scrambled eggs.

                                                                                                                                  I'll take your epazote; it smells slightly minty to me, with a gasoline like finish; intriguing.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                      Wow, never heard of anyone besides my mother with the cinnamon thing. It doubles my mother over with disabling digestive cramps that take days to go away. Sometimes just a good whiff of it does her in!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                        My roommate insists that it's quite common, but I've never met anyone else who has a cinnamon or cassia allergy, and was quite surprised when she refused to eat pumpkin pie.

                                                                                                                                        Apparently the allergy exists, though, and can cause a host of problems for people sensitive to it.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                          I'm allergic to contact with it - lasted one day in a suumer job between high school and university in a McCormick's factory where I was charged with packing cinnamon sticks into the little paper boxes they used to come in, and you had to break them to fit them in - woke up the next am swole up like a balloon wherever I had come into contact with or touched later. Hence my iffiness around it (I use a bit in some things).
                                                                                                                                          PS this and sensitivity to mango peel are my only food allergies - wonder if they're botanically related as mangoes are to poison ivy, several really good bouts of which (acquired in colorful circumstances) apparently sensitized me to the oil in mango peel.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                            Ah ha, I thought you just didn't like it. I have read that a sensitivity to it's smell or contact with it is very possible.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                        I put cinnamon in many meat dishes. It is a valid question. Not in my eggs though.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                          Oh, sure, it does have applications in meat dishes, beef, pork; poultry, but I don't specially use it in my basic beef stew, and if I did, I'd let her know.

                                                                                                                                      3. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                        Hmm I had not heard of epazote before, but after looking it up, it must be what I saw a guy using on t. v. not too long ago in some black beans for it's carminative properties. I guess you could dry it and sell it to someone like that. ; )

                                                                                                                                        1. re: MrsJTW

                                                                                                                                          Yes, that's what it's for, although I guess most folks who've always had it added to their food have devoped a taste for it. Not me. And I wouldn't try to foist it on an unsuspecting audience, either.

                                                                                                                                      4. Vanillin. If you can't afford real vanilla, leave it out entirely.

                                                                                                                                        Bananas --- just because.

                                                                                                                                        1. I'm not sure how "popular" this is, but I have a pretty low tolerance for stinky cheese. Morbier is about as far as I go. I really wanted to like the Blue Stilton that I bought a little while ago and was just totally turned off by the odd "plastic" pungency.

                                                                                                                                          However, I'll note that Stilton is apparently great with port, but I consumed it alone because I don't drink.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: zooxanthellae

                                                                                                                                            The stilton and port mousse at Fenton's in TO is something I still dream about.....*sigh*

                                                                                                                                            1. Wintergreen flavor ( I'm looking at you, Wint-o-green Lifesavers!!)
                                                                                                                                              peanut butter
                                                                                                                                              Raw broccoli, too pungent
                                                                                                                                              Sours mix
                                                                                                                                              Overripe melon

                                                                                                                                              1. The combination of lemon & mint that is so popular in summer cocktails.
                                                                                                                                                Tarragon - tarragon chicken, tarragon vinegar - keep it outta my fall food!

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Vetter

                                                                                                                                                  You can send it all to me- I LOVE tarragon. I pick a strand out of the garden, grab the leaves, strip them, and eat them. That's too strong, but I love it like that.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                    I LOVE tarragon, too, it's my favourite herb. Oddly, I haaaate black licorice and Pernod, ouzo and the like, so I don't know why I love tarragon so much. I also love an anise note in perfume.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: montrealeater

                                                                                                                                                      I like tarragon and love fennel but I HATE black licorice, Sambuca, Pernod, ouzo etc. Star anise I can tolerate only in VERY small quantities. Weird, huh?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                        I love all that other stuff and hate Tarragon.

                                                                                                                                                2. Cheeseburgers. I like burgers. I like cheese. What I don't like is the resulting alchemical combination (as you say, EWS).

                                                                                                                                                  Dairy Queen frequently offers specials on 2 cheeseburgers for $X. I ask if they'll substitute plain hamburgers instead. Sometimes they will, sometimes they won't. Makes no sense. Isn't a plain hamburger cheaper?!

                                                                                                                                                  1. 80/20 hamburger. I know all the big chefs SWEAR by that mixture, but I won't go any lower than 85/15. Anything lower just smells like cheap hamburger to me when it's cooking. It reminds me of the gun club we used to go to every weekend when I was in jr. high. My stepfather would spend most of the day (not to mention money) shooting skeet and trap, but was too damn cheap to let us buy an inexpensive hamburger from the clubhouse (made from aforementioned cheap hamburger meat) for lunch. We usually had to bring sandwiches from home.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Root beer and sarsaparilla

                                                                                                                                                      Raw celery

                                                                                                                                                      Raw carrots

                                                                                                                                                      Peanut butter in baked goods (but fine by itself)

                                                                                                                                                      Bananas in baked goods (but fine by themselves)

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cheesemaestro

                                                                                                                                                        Agree with the raw celery! It's so overpowering. Delicious as soup though!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: akt22

                                                                                                                                                          +1 against raw celery. fine in sauces and soups

                                                                                                                                                        2. Lemon in any kind of sweet dessert. The tart and sweet together set my teeth on edge. Ditto for cream cheese in frosting and fillings.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jambie

                                                                                                                                                            I'm not trying to put you down, everyone is allowed their own tastes, but I do have to yum your yuck. To each his own. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, I know that I'm the odd one out but when somebody brings a cake to work with a cream cheese frosting, I'm totally safe from eating any! For my birthday recently, somebody actually made me a lemon cake with cream cheese frosting. It is the thought that counts so I ate a piece but it wasn't easy.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jambie

                                                                                                                                                                Gee, I hope you didn't win my cake at the UNICEF fundraiser cake walk yesterday! Lemon cake with lemon creamcheese frosting (dyed orange) and decorated with candy corn. I will concede that candy corn is gross.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                  I'd have gobbled the whole thing down if I'd won it. 8^)

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Jambie

                                                                                                                                                              Agreed! Sweet lemon desserts completely turn me off, including cakes and sorbets. In fact, though I love grapefruit juice and think limes squeezed on food are divine, I'm not big on citrus in general. But in desserts? The worst.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Cachetes

                                                                                                                                                                What about if the dessert is tart? Would a lemon tart that isn't too sweet work, or is it a pretty hard dislike?

                                                                                                                                                            3. I like hazelnuts, but I hate hazelnut flavored anything, especially coffee. Same with almonds, except for amaretto. I love amaretto, but please keep your almond syrup out of my coffee.

                                                                                                                                                              Thyme. I don't know why. Maybe I'm using it wrong, but when I cook with thyme it just tastes weird to me, so I've given up.

                                                                                                                                                              Strawberry flavored candy, and even worse, PINEAPPLE flavored candy. I love pineapple, I do, but the artificial flavoring is just vile and makes me nauseous.

                                                                                                                                                              Ketchup/mayo/mustard. I can use mayo in certain things, but mayo on a sandwich? No thanks. And I just can't stand the smell of ketchup and mustard, together or apart. I can't stand pickles either, so yeah, I have the plainest burgers you could ever imagine.

                                                                                                                                                              As for the papaya, I can use it in a smoothie with other fruits, but papaya on its own is also quite vomit-like to me.

                                                                                                                                                              Sweet plantains are extremely popular here, with many preferring them over green ones, but I can't stand them. I LOVE green plantains, but "amarillos" just taste rotten to me.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lyri

                                                                                                                                                                I live half the year in the northern plains, I know a gal that's a checker at WM, she told me a bunch of people will grab plantains when they are yellow (not noticing the sign or that they are 60 cents apeice or they are labeled plantains) and will bring them back all pissed off "what the hell kind of bananas are you selling", funny. I love the green ones too, tons of things you can do with them.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lyri

                                                                                                                                                                  Definitely agree with the hazelnut-flavored coffee. Gag.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                        Once had a boss who drank the stuff all day. An hour-long meeting in her office was torture--smelled like those gosh-awful scented candles all the time.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                      I don't like hazelnut anything. It leads the short parade of nuts I dislike, the others being Brazil nuts, and sometimes pecans.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: lyri

                                                                                                                                                                      I'll go one further- I really dislike hazelnuts, period.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lyri

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm with you on the ketchup/mayo/mustard/pickles! nasty. Some mustards are okay, like spicy wholegrain or horseradish... but that yellow hotdog mustard is gross.

                                                                                                                                                                        I always go for BBQ sauce on my burgers =)

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Mint in any form or permutation, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen. Even the smell. I have an almost allergic reaction to it.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. turmeric and saffron.

                                                                                                                                                                          yellow curry.

                                                                                                                                                                          maple flavored anything. even the real stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                          bananas out-of-hand. i can't stand the texture. i make excellent bread and cakes out of them but hate to eat them.

                                                                                                                                                                          commercial cookies and cakes. they are achingly sweet to me.

                                                                                                                                                                          hard squashes, like acorn and butternut and also sweet potatoes. bleck. they are veggies but sweet. compound that with folks adding stuff like maple syrup to them and i can't stand even a bite.

                                                                                                                                                                          bbq sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                          artificially flavored liquors that seem to crowd every back bar in the nation right now. i mean seriously? cotton candy, or bubble gum or whipped cream flavored vodka? shudder.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                                                            No turmeric, saffron or yellow curries for you? I would be disconsolate if forced to forego these things.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                                                              Please send every thread of the saffron my way. Love the stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                                                                all bbq sauce?? there's so many variations (and i love most of them) just don't likely the sickly sweet ones or apple juiced based ones

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Olives of any type.
                                                                                                                                                                                Bell peppers
                                                                                                                                                                                Surprise pickles
                                                                                                                                                                                Coffee or Mocha
                                                                                                                                                                                Black licorice

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                  LMSAO at the 'surprise pickles'. Whenever I order a hamburger, I often forget to ask them to leave off the dill pickle slices...and then have to fish them out. Great waste of a cucumber. One of my chef-instructors makes fantastic dill pickles, though. Now I only like his.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thirding and fourthing hazelnuts. I don't get the European love affair with them. They just taste burnt and rancid to me. I like Nutella, though. I'm weird.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Belgian chocolate. It has a weird aftertaste to me. Then Hershey's chocolate, because they substitute plant oils for real cocoa butter (a saturated [solid] fat), and I CAN TASTE IT. Cheap bastards. Every country on earth makes better cheapo chocolate than the US...</rant>

                                                                                                                                                                                  Artificial fruit flavors, with grape flavor topping my list of worst offenders. Until recently I wondered what grape it was supposed to be imitating. It's trying to mimic the Concord grape, but real Concord grapes taste divine. Not soapy.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Most licorice-flavored liquors. No ouzo or arak for me, thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Another hand for ultra-sweet cake frosting. I'm usually the one scraping frosting off my slice of cake at parties.

                                                                                                                                                                                  All melons except for watermelons. They make me gag. I don't know why. Every once in a while, I give foods I hated in the past another chance to win me over. I've since conquered cashews; I can now tolerate olives in very, very small amounts, but melons are hopeless.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Ketchup. One exception: Trader Joe's ketchup. I don't know who makes it, but it tastes almost like a tomato chutney. It's GOOD.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Most American-style lager beers. Y'know...if I want water, I'll drink water.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Artificial sweeteners. They taste medicinal. All of them. And yes, I CAN tell the difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: oogenesis

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm glad someone got the "surprise pickle" reference. If I see a pickle coming, I can adjust and handle it. But if I order a burger sans pickles.... and bite right in and get the surprise pickle? The gag reflex goes overtime. Surprise pickles are not my friend.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: oogenesis

                                                                                                                                                                                      I actually love pickles, but every time I see one I can't help but think of that quote from The Child's Garden of Grass"Profound revelation number 1 - no matter how much you may dislike pickles, they are, after all, the only thing you can do with cucumbers." LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. EWSflash I so agree about the yellow curries and the dill. Thank you for saying that.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Any flavored coffee

                                                                                                                                                                                      Candy corn


                                                                                                                                                                                      Sweet cocktails

                                                                                                                                                                                      I am attracted to briney and tart tastes--olives, capers, pickled anything, lemon, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Interesting how tarragon, rosemary, mint and other fresh herbs are turnoffs for many. I would never have thought that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                        I, too, despise flavored coffees. And was really dismayed to hear that flavored coffees now outsell regular coffee in large parts of this country. I went out and bought my own coffee grinder after bringing home store-ground coffee and finding out that my expensive Ethiopian coffee was tainted with rasberry-vanilla-mocha residue from previous customers. Horrible.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Pzz

                                                                                                                                                                                          +99 on flavored coffees. If I want dessert, I'll order it separately, thank you kindly.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. cilantro
                                                                                                                                                                                        black licorice
                                                                                                                                                                                        flavored coffees and coffee "creamers"
                                                                                                                                                                                        green bell peppers
                                                                                                                                                                                        Old Bay

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                                          licorice anything-candy, liquor, anise seasoning.
                                                                                                                                                                                          artificial cherry products
                                                                                                                                                                                          green bell peppers

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you for bringing up Old Bay. That stuff is nasty, and I love spices. Not sure which element makes it so bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: scarsdalesurprise

                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe the bay leaf, Old Bay has quite a bit of ground bay leaves in it, as well as celery salt and celery seed.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Artificial sweeteners - all of them, but especially in diet tonic water - blech.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Flavored coffees and "cream"
                                                                                                                                                                                            Candy corn

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Licorice
                                                                                                                                                                                              Mint outside of toothpaste or mouthwash
                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd say dill but I can handle light amounts

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Cilantro
                                                                                                                                                                                                Coconut (except coconut milk which somehow tastes different)
                                                                                                                                                                                                White Chocolate

                                                                                                                                                                                                It is so frusterating because while I am a vegetarian I am NOT a picky eater but these flavors are in a lot of foods making is very frusterating to dine out on occasion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Allice98

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Me too but I can handle cilantro but not Italian flat leaf parsley or that bitter melon so popular in Philipino cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I loathe anything licorice flavored - fennel, anise, anything like black licorice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  And, I like almost every cuisine, but I just can't stand Indian food/curry. I live in an area with a lot of Indian stores and restaurants, and I even had to change dry cleaners because the one I used was in a strip mall with an Indian restaurant and I couldn't get the smell out of my nose even after I drove away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I can't stand sweets topped with bacon! I like sweets and I like bacon, but why would you ruin a perfectly good cupcake or milkshake with bacon?!? GACK!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TSAW

                                                                                                                                                                                                      i thought the same thing till i had a maple donut with bacon on it. it made sense, the same way mystical poetry or js bach masses make sense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TheFoodEater

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've never had bacon in a desert, but I have made candied bacon on biscuits as a breakfast item.... so it's not a far stretch from that to dessert, i guess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Man made flavors like cherry really don't work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      What the heck happened to Twizzlers for instance-ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Pumpkin. Especially pumpkin pie spice-type flavors.




                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any and all artificial sweeteners

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Bacon and peanut butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Raspberry
                                                                                                                                                                                                            fennel, although I like anise and licorice, and the fennel bulb

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ROCKLES

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, raspberry. I feel like raspberries are a trick the world plays on me--people really like that flavor? Kind of like the Welsh language . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  second that!!! Raspberries are probably my favorite fruit!! Absolutely love fennel, AND sour!! Rockles, you and I could share meals, cuz i'd eat those flavors you don't, haha

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I might be in the minority here...I can't stand really spicy foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              A little bit of "kick" is ok, but if my mouth is on fire, I can't taste the food!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: greeneyedgirly


                                                                                                                                                                                                                (And my mother craved BOTH the entire time she was pregnant with me. Hmm.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Licorice anything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Liver (except chicken -- and pork, in certain applications)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fish sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Raw green bell pepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: greeneyedgirly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like spicy, in many applications, but only to a point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Someone, I think it was Paul Prudhomme, once pointed out that if the first thing you taste is the spice, it's not properly seasoned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  However, at my first favorite local wing joint (no longer the favorite *sigh* it changed hands), my regular order was extra hot extra wet garlic wings. The spice buzz blended with the chicken and the garlic beautifully.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Sriracha, I just don't like the stuff. I know it's heresy, but it does not taste good to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That and ketchup. Sweet red goo of satan. Can't stand the smell of the stuff from across the room. Saddens me when my wife and daughter dump it all over my hardwood roasted pork tenderloin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chileheadmike

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't care for sriracha much either, or ketchup most of the time. My condolences about the roasted tenderloin, it would break my heart right in half.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chileheadmike

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like ketchup but I'm relieved to see somebody else mention Sriracha. I like some heat, but as sauces go I find Sriracha overrated. Waaaaay overrated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chileheadmike

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I like ketchup on fries and burgers, but was *horrified* when a friend's 20 year old niece insisted on placing a huge bottle of ketchup on the Thanksgiving table. She then proceeded to dump it all over everything on her plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chileheadmike

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, no! Ketchup on pork tenderloin? You poor man! What on earth is wrong with them? Could you offer them a homemade sauce of some sort? Say, oops, we're out of ketchup, try this instead?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chileheadmike

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I sympathise. My husband dumps Frank's on everything, even a white wine cream sauce or beef wellington.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Pumpkin! I just can't manage to appeciate pumpkin pie or any of the many pumpkin flavored things that appear in the Fall.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you!!! Me either. Pumpkin pie absolutely no.thank.you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ohhh, please send all your pumpkin products directly to me! One of my favorite flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does that include pumpkin spice flavored coffee beans?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do you want to make my head explode? I hate beyond hate ALL flavored coffees, and that sounds like the stuff of nightmares (although the most evil one I've ever been around is the Green Mountain...blueberry...one).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Flavored coffees should be banned everywhere, except perhaps for special flavored coffee stores, which should be marked with yellow crime scene tape to warn us away. That smell, and there really is a characteristic smell, makes me feel sick to my stomach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sometimes the flavored coffee remind me of a cigar shop....and all the flavored tobacco my Grandfather use to enjoy. Made me gag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Me too, and you're not the only one to mention the nauseating aspect of flavoured coffees. What is it about them that actually makes us nauseous as opposed to other things we dislike that maybe make us wrinkle our noses or just not eat it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Blueberry? What were they thinking, bleech.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Why anyone would put air freshener in coffee is beyond me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh now that's just wrong. My MIL went through a phase where she would flavor her coffee with the most awful things (although I admit I'm purist about coffee)- I wouldn't have poured a cup if I'd known it was a mix of banana, cinnamon, raspberry, and irish cream flavored beans. Thank heavens she got past that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Or the General Foods Instant Flavored Coffees...have you seen those? Are they still around? Sugar, flavoring and instant coffee in a can...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think they are. Since I don't consider them to be coffee any more than I consider a good mole to be dessert because of a pinch of chocolate in it, I don't hate them. I don't drink them, either, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Even the idea of blueberry coffee is unspeakable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a friend who claims to drink the General Foods International (instant) coffee, and says she doesn't know what she'd do if they ever discontinued them. I was also surprised to learn they still existed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bwg - Blueberry was unspeakably vile, like sticking your head in a vat of blueberry donut flavor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EWSf - AAAAAAGHHH my MIL likes them too but just a flavor at a time. Cinnamon (...) or hazelnut. She gets plain for picky Sonnyboy and wifey, though.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HJ - methinks they are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good for you- my MIL stopped a few years ago with the flavored coffee. I don't know if she'll relapse, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            had to sit in someone's office recently while she slooooowly drank a cup of flavored (i.e., smelly) coffee. Felt nauseous afterwards. Vile stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh gods, she went through a phase of putting cinnamon in coffee, too. That and cinnamon potpourri in the bathrooms during same phase, the combination of which I've yet to stop shuddering when I think of it. I want to say- "you live in Phoenix- open some windows if you want to freshen the air!" Even middle-of-winter polluted Phoenix air is beter than al that cinnamon covering up all the other smells and mingling with the coffee smell!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. I actively dislike artificial watermelon and strawberry flavours, even though I like the original fruit. Some flavours like cherry and grape don't make me think of the fruit, but I like them by themselves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I dislike the taste of plain yoghurt. Used as base for a sauce is fine, but not on its own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not sure you'd call it a popular flavour, but I don't like the taste of aspartame, and would always rather drink plain (safe) water than diet sodas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I am not crazy about strawberry preserves or anything with cooked strawberries. Fresh strawberries are so good, and the change, for the worse, is so dramatic after cooking. On the other hand, cooked raspberries are wonderful--no significant decline from fresh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Wow, I thought I was picky until I browsed this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Of virtually all the chow mentioned here, I think I only really hate marshmallows (and artificial flavorings don't count). I'm not overly fond of mint and a few others mentioned, but the vast majority...REALLY? Olives, rosemary, hazelnuts...basil? All of these are wonderful. Strawberries and melons? Orange combined with chocolate? Delicious! Etc. etc. etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Of course, the OP excluded "mouth feel" as a diagnostic...yet it can override "flavor" for many, many people -- including me. No matter how tasty, there's no room for slimy flesh or its vegetable ilk in my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Humans are damned strange.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ptrichmondmike

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am the OP- FYI, I had asked people to please not snark others' choices. If you don't like something because of the mouth feel, just say it's one of those things you don't care for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ptrichmondmike

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ya, kinda makes ya feel better about yourself, doesn't it! : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Pomegranate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maple syrup

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Artificial flavors (including "natural" flavors - they are the same thing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            strong fishy tastes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Fennel/licorice, in all its forms. That is all that I really dislike. Everything else is just a preference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Strawberry. Not just the artificial stuff, either. I will buy a package or two of fresh berries when they're in season, and they may be tolerable in ice cream, but strawberry-flavored things, or even just foods with strawberries as an ingredient, are icky to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I wonder if this has anything to do with that vodka-and-strawberry-juice-filled evening many years ago in college . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: guilty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My Mother (boy I miss her) loved Strawberry Quik. I have no idea why. It was always in her pantry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OK, I have to admit that while we never had strawberry quik or the like as kids, I did get to try it thanks to one of my mother's boyfriends, and I loved it. This might change everything . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I tend to dislike food items labeled as 'Ranch' flavoured. I also hate all-dressed chips. Both are too strong for me - I could probably eat both if the flavour concentrations were less...intense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  EDIT: I will admit to liking the fake butter flavour on popcorn, tho. Possibly partly due to childhood movie theatre nostalgia, but yeah, love that stuff. And I know it has the bad fats of 10 million Big Macs, or something. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: montrealeater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There is something about movie popcorn! I can't stand microwave popcorn, but love movie theatre popcorn. I feel quite confident it's actually the same stuff, but.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The best popcorn in the world is good-quality popcorn popped in a pan on the stove in coconut oil. Top with plain salt and real butter. Yum. I hate the artificial flavors on both movie and microwave popcorns.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I make "real" popcorn at home, but there's just something about movie popcorn that gets to me :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Try popcorn popped as you describe, but top it with brown butter, rosemary sizzled in the butter as it browns, and Parmesan grated on a microplane. Yum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I understand where you're coming from. In any arena OTHER than my popcorn, I experiment like crazy - rarely making the same thing the same way twice, and always on the lookout for a fun new twist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HOWEVER, when it comes to popcorn, I can't bring myself to mess with perfection!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If I were willing, I would try your recipe!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We all have our "one way and one way only" food. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, that sounds AMAZING. I don't have any parm in the house or I would literally be making it instead of typing right now. I'm getting a little tired of my current popcorn routine(s) and this is next on the list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ErnieD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Try popping your popcorn in bacon grease - you will never look for another cooking fat again!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Chicken, mint in desserts, swordfish, tapioca, tarragon, american cheese, raw onions, milk by itself, blue cheese, Chardonnay

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CupcakeCoquette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow that's funny. I don't like Chardonnay either. I thought maybe I just don't know what brand to buy, but I haven't found one that I like yet. I really like other whites, but not that one. And you don't like milk, too, just like me. =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MrsJTW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kindred spirit!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I felt the same way, that perhaps I hadn't had "good" Chardonnay. I've come to the conclusion that no such thing exists, it all tastes like weird butter to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CupcakeCoquette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Try a French Chablis - it is not aged in wood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: CupcakeCoquette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think I know the weird butter taste you refer to. I had some olives I never tried before that taste that way to me. First olive I ever didn't like!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: MrsJTW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I realized I wasn't wrong about the way chardonay tastes when I heard a wine expert talking about how cat pee is one of the flavours you are SUPPOSED to taste in it. There is actually a brand called Cat Pee on a Gooseberry Bush, another flavour you are supposed to taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dianne0712

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you're thinking of sauvignon blanc, not chardonnay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: CupcakeCoquette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I used to hate chardonnay until I had one aged in a steel cask. I hated the oak flavor for a while. Then about 5 years later I tried it again and loved the way the oak played with the other flavors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kubasd23

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  White Burgundies, oh yes. California oaked chardonnays, oh no.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Took me awhile, but I thought of a few things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am not fond of sweet gherkins. I love dill pickles though, especially with lots of garlic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I absolutely did not like the taste of lobster the one time I had it. Well, I heard a story that my mom had had lobster for dinner once when I was a baby and I refused to breast feed that night, so I guess I have had lobster twice. lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have always HATED the taste of milk. Cow milk is bad enough, but goat milk was even worse as a kid. I used to LOVE cheese, but never liked to drink milk. I think I went through a phase where I would drink it if it was mixed with Quick, but after awhile I hated that, too. Especially the strawberry. Funny milkshakes never bothered me though. No wonder I am vegan now! =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I also don't especially like the peel on cucumbers. If it is fresh out of the garden, it's fine, but usually the peels taste so nasty to me. It must be the wax or some sort of chemicals. I just saw Chef Irvine on t. v. last night though saying it should be peeled when he was tasting food at a failing restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh one more just came to mind. I really hate purified drinking water like Aquafina. It tastes like chlorine and I really can't stand it. I have to have something like Ice Mountain or maybe Evian. Or I just drink tap water depending on the tap. I received a Brita pitcher as a gift though and it tastes fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MrsJTW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah, yes! Bottled water. Has a flatness to me that's off-putting. Thought I was the only one. Guess I like my (tap) water with some gusto.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This may or may not help- try running your bottled water through a Vinturi. It's occasionally worked for me, if the flatness is due to no oxygenation. Of course, I wouldn't recommend buying a Vinturi just for that, because if the water is basically funky-tasting it won't help, but sometimes that's what it needs. JMHO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll have to look for one. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I also usually don't like the smell of coffee brewing, especially if I am in a coffee shop or bookstore or just walking past one. I used to drink tons of coffee and loved it, but not the smell brewing. Sometimes it's okay smelling it at home. It must just be too many different scents combining at a shop that make it so overwhelming. My husband likes hazelnut coffee though and sometimes it's a strong smell in the house. I saw reading above that it bothers a lot of people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The smell of yeast when walking by a bakery used to make me feel ill, too. There was a small bakery next to my high school and I always felt sick in the morning standing outside. When I bake at home though I love the smell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh and I was just talking about this one the other day. Amaretto liqueur, especially in an amaretto sour. YUCK!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MrsJTW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What else would you make an amaretto sour with?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eh, mmm...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, I think MrsJTW means amaretto with sour mix is yucky, and beyond that, but yeah, I don't know what you could sub. Don't drink 'em?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, and since I like amaretto, I enjoy a good amaretto sour on occasion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I like amaretto with club soda and several wedges of lemon. Really cuts the syrupy sweetness. A sour made strictly with lemon juice and simple syrup is not terrible---especially if you use a lot of ice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I meant I don't like amaretto at all, but especially an amaretto sour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MrsJTW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you for clarifying. And how did you find that out, being that you don't like amaretto at all? I would guess it's not a drink you would order yourself?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I did not yet know I didn't like amaretto until I had a sip of a friend's drink. Reading above I thought perhaps it was the sour mix, but when I was a bartender I didn't like the smell of amaretto either. Used to sling a lot of those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            People do put amaretto in other things too is what I meant. ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Great post, love it!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I HATE cilantro...even if there is only a teeny tiny bit, I can still taste it. Sometimes it's unavoidable and I can deal with it, but most of the time I can't.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, rosemary for some reason. When it's used, I think there is usually way too much. Blech.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: laur0406

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            +1 on almost all flavored coffees and on super-spicy to the point that no other flavors get through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And here are two I don't think anyone has mentioned, so maybe I'm weird
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            arugula--which tastes "off" to me, and "rooibos" teas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Cliocooks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was eating some arugula straight the other day (i like my bitter greens!) and a friend followed my example. She expected something similar to spinach- she was definitely surprised! She didn't like it too much either, haha. I like rooibos tea a lot, but i can understand how it might taste a little strange to some.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Hot dogs, bologna Vienna sausages, potted meat, Spam, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When I was a kid I was a brittle epileptic, which means I would have seizures at the drop of a hat. One night, when I was 9, we had hot dogs for supper and I ended up having seizures all night. We don't know if the hot dogs triggered the seizures (we suspect food poisoning) or if it was a coincidence, but i haven't eaten hot dogs or anything similar in the past 33 years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think the nitrates did you in on that one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. peanut butter in sweets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fake butter flavor scent makes me flee the building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cinnammon-raisin or cinnammon/nutmeg excess in apple pie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cookie dough ice cream- i like raw cookie dough, i like ice cream but something bad happens together
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bac0-bits or bacon in anything processed like cream cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cheddar bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              green peppers that are not very well cooked, such as on cheap pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              honey mustard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mass-produced bbq sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sweet and sour sauce -basically take the common "chicken fingers" dips that double as salad dressings or other flavors and i steer clear of all of them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. The Subway smell - fake yeast or fake bread not sure what it is. I know there's a whole post on this somewhere on CH.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It may look like bread and act like bread, but it doesn't quack like bread . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: guilty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Subway really stinks and I think it's mostly the "bread".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But it IS bread. It isn't bread you like. It's not high quality bread. It isn't "artisinal". But it's bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          True. But bread shouldn't stink. And a product that is that full of questionable chemical ingredients should especially not be marketed as healthy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have wondered if it would be cheaper for chains like Subway to use simple, real ingredients rather than to buy all of those chemicals and have to introduce each one into their manufacturing process. More ingredients, more complexity, more research, more suppliers, etc. Why not make it simply instead? It's as though our food system is really goofed up that way. We are also training people to think that's what food tastes like, as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it lasts longer, probably resists freezer burn, etc. the chemicals are there for financial reasons. i'm sure they've done the math.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: smartie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also the fake chicken that goes into the salads they make, some kind of sponge component!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: smartie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Subway sure does have a distinctive smell. I never thought about it until now... I have felt sick smelling yeast out of a bakery before, but just the one. I thought I was the only one...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MrsJTW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Subway smells TERRIBLE - it's a frankenfood chemical smell, not a yeast smell....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Somebody said it was the yeast conditioners that they used in making the bread. All I know is that for a couple of years there, almost every bakery had that Subway stench to it. I've noticed that a lot of places appear not to use it any more, thank God. Or at least a better smelling agent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From their website:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ITALIAN (WHITE) BREAD Enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, barley malt, niacin, iron, thiamin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, yeast, sugar, contains 2% or less of the following: soybean oil,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wheat gluten, salt, dough conditioners (DATEM, sodium stearoyl lactylate, ascorbic acid, potassium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iodate, azodicarbonamide), yeast nutrients (calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wheat protein isolate, yeast extract, vitamin D2, natural flavor, enzymes. Contains: Wheat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's anyone's guess which ingredient here makes the stink!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The reason behind the subway stink, believe me I know, anyone that has worked at a subways knows, it's a few things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The convection oven: cleaning chemicals might be sprayed into the fan, and the smells of burnt chemicals will stick around longer than anything. The bread will of course smell great while it's baking, but the chemical smells later will take over. Also the oven is pretty high moisture after the bread is done baking. So if the oven door is not left open to air out and dry, you're going to get more smells in the future.Subway bread is very moist, and the design of the oven can cause water to condense at the front, complicating cleaning issues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The proofer: the proofer uses a pan of water at the bottom on top of an electric burner. All the junk in tap water concentrates and the scale at the bottom burning is an awful smell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The hot section: Again a tub of water on top of an electric burner...the same problem as the proofer. Furthermore both things that need water can run out while in use if not noticed, and then the smell goes crazy. Parts per million in water quickly add up, and fluoridated waters I'm guessing can be extra stinky due to all the possible fluoride reactions that can occur.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Employees on minimum wage alone on a very demanding job at times. If you start with everything new, and you have employees that care and do everything right, you will not have the subway stink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So in review, most of the awful smell that can be found easily in a subway when no bread or cookies are baking to mask the smell, is the heated chemicals of the concentrated water over time and cleaning stuff burning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My goodness there's some crazy dislikes of food in here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I'm the same way with yellow curries, and I don't really like ginger in anything savory like that either but I can't get enough ginger chews, ginger cookies, and really strong fresh ginger tea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Fromageball

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Generally, in the Asian flavor palate, my wife isn't crazy about anything that tastes strongly of fresh ginger. She also doesn't care for toasted sesame oil. And fish sauce? Include her out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You mean, like, *exclude* her? '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would be unable to cook many Chinese dishes if I didn't have fresh ginger. In some cases I "need" the equivalent of maybe a heaped palmful of smashed fresh ginger to attain the desired taste & smell. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Has she ever had a bowl of phở ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nope. She has to try new cuisines on her own. She recently discovered that she likes the occasional Indian dish. Some years back, she had a middle Eastern patient (she's a nurse) and discovered a liking for that area's various cuisines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I must admit I've never had phở either. I was all ready to get some one day, and a dear Vietnamese-American friend informed me that the place I was going was lousy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Here's my list in no particular order:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              flavored coffee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              spiced cider
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              flavored beer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              artificial sweeteners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              blueberries, especially raw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And, of course, the Granddaddy of All the Things I Can't Stand: SPAM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would like to add bell peppers in any color other than green. They all taste "off" to me. I especially dislike canned roasted red peppers. To me they have a slimy texture I would rather avoid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's funny- I like all of them but the green ones. Actually I'll eat the green ones fresh like an apple, but put them in any dish and that's all you can taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  every year at summer camp we had a ceremony and a song and we buried a can of spam. no idea where or how that tradition started, lol, but it seemed a good use for the stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Hate, hate hate any meat cooked with fruit....duck l'orange, pork with prunes/apricots, lemon chicken. Like fruits just fine, just want meats with salt & pepper, perhaps a little garlic. Leave the sour cream off my potato, please AND off that plate of Mexican food. Don't bring yogurt to my party. I try not to eat anything that's already half spoiled. Also 100% anti any "flavored" coffee. I'll take my coffee "coffee-flavored", thanks. I also want to add that DH thinks I'm the only Texas woman in two shoes who won't eat barbeque. Please, take those smoked meats to another town!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: amazinc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My DH hates meat and fruit combos of all kinds. I thought he was unique in his taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My daughter too. Makes it difficult because I love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Anything licorice flavored, fennel, anise, Pernod
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anything cherry flavored except for fresh cherries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rosemary in only super small quantities otherwise it gets soapy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Green peppers

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: juli5122

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juli5122, there are a lot of folks who hate licorice flavor, but I've never come across anyone else who hated licorice flavor, cherry flavor other than fresh, AND green peppers! Nice to meet ya! I don't mind rosemary--but it would have been too darn spooky if that was on my list, too. On the other hand, I can't stand soft boiled eggs, which apparently aren't a problem for you. (My kids used to joke that they would make me a mothers day breakfast of soft boiled eggs, with a saute of green peppers and fennel on the side, and a nice cherry danish.) The worst part of being anti-licorice is that fennel has become so chic in recent years--there's a dish on every restaurant menu that flaunts its fennel. Can't wait for that fad to pass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MommaJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        but *one* dish on a restaurant menu including fennel is fairly easy to ignore, no?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. cucumbers, dried coconut flakes, processed meat and cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i'm surprised by these lists. especially how many people hate fresh herbs. mint, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Strawberries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Flavored creamers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fake sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Flavored water

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Liquorice and anise, especially in liquors. Anisette is one of the most disgusting things on Earth to me. Those liquorice-flavored twizzle stick chews are not far behind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OTOH, I don't mind fennel, like fennel bulb, like star anise especially when used in cooking East/SE Asian dishes. (Note that anise/aniseed and star anise are from different plants; the main "liquorice" flavor component is anethole in both, but the mix of other constituents are not the same and the overall smell is different to me)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm 100% behind you on this one. Except I don't like fennel either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I buy my wife Danish salted licorice every Christmas. This is love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Hmm, lets see. For one, licorice flavor of any kind (sambuca [which has e.o's of anise], anise, fennel, tarragon, whatever is in twizzlers and black jelly beans besides corn syrup) probably due to the fact that I once ate all the black jelly beans out of a bag at once when I was a kid, and got horribly sick. Now, I almost vomit if I smell it, and trust me, I can eat/like almost everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kraft american cheese. It seems as though every kid in America loved those ubiquitous plastic-covered squares of cheese, except me. I could never get over the taste, even at 7 I knew that wasn't cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            While we're on cheeses, I don't know if this can be technically defined as "cheese", but Velveta. That is not a flavor that is anywhere even remotely close to "cheese", unless of course you're talking about cheese that's been cultured in bigfoots a**hole! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ****and I didn't see before I posted that huiray posted above, things very similar to mine. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Not really a flavor, but kombucha. Just don't care for it, even though everyone has been touting all its health properties. Bleh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Honey = appears to be a completely alien substance incompatible with human life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cooked root vegetables = make me retch if eaten. The smell is again, something alien. Raw = yummy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chocolate = OK, I don't dislike it, but I don't actively like it either. It is merely edible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tea = Just why?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Great thread and totally agree with surprise pickles...my yucks include:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -parmesan (or romano)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Canola oil - it taste fishy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fake butter - what is it butter buds or the stuff for popcorn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    melons are borderline (I've tried and tried- except watermelon i love it)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    don't know the brands but some of the soft sour pickles. I love crunchy ones, but gag on the soft bloated ones. There is something they add a spice or whatever that's so off putting to me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fortune cookies. never ever liked them and it's the smell

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree with the canola oil- I thought I was either going crazy or all the canola oil I bought was already rancid.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From what I understand, canola (rapeseed) oil has to be put thru an extensive process in order to make it actually (semi?)edible. This makes it a highly processed food. Not desirable in many circles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nor in mine. I'd rather spend a bunch of money on a good oil since I don't deep-fry much at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is Canola a genetically altered food? It was never around way back when.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't know if it's genetically altered (probably!), but it is HIGHLY processed due to the poisonous nature of the rapeseed plant from which it comes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AND, canola oil tastes bad and smells worse!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hate the way canola oil tastes, too - no one else (of my family/friends) agrees with me - so I thought it was just me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No, but maybe it's just the two of us.....!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      you're not alone...it smells fishy to me... see below :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree witht he fishy smell, and it gets all sticky too. I don't use it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I don't care for Canola oil either - I prefer vegetable oil if I want something neutral, although I have been using peanut and coconut oil more and more lately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apologies to the Canadians here - I know that canola oil has contributed to your economy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Forcefully I think. We have to ask ourselves why it was being pushed on us so much as opposed to another oil and it is in everything,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think it replaced sunflower oil in the U.S. I always used sunflower oil years ago - just bought it at any grocery store. Now it must be sought out in little bottles at specialty stores and co-ops. Would it perhaps be good for our economy to revive the sunflower industry? Again, apologies to our Canadian friends....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hey, we can grow sunflowers too ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We could have a sunflower-growing competition!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was thinking the same thing, fellow CanadaGirl!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The now carry sunflower oil at Trader Joe's if you have one of those near you. I owe the sunflower big time for sun butter. awesome stuff and more nutritious than peanut butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: trolley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              More nutritious? How do you figure? I've looked at the numbers and it's not really clear. Trendier, yes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've had the sunflower butter and it is very good - it is so rich and flavorful that it is too much for me in something like a sandwich, so I am searching for ways to use it. Baking, such as cookies, might be pretty good for it -