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Foods that change as you eat them

The other day I was munching on some tzatziki with carrots, somewhat mindlessly, while I did some work on my computer and realized after several dips into the bowl that it was getting BETTER! Something about the way the fairly light and subtle flavors built and layered in my mouth just made each subsequent mouthful more and more delicious.

I've noticed this phenomenon with chips, peanuts, popcorn and other salty snacks where it takes a few to get going, but once you get halfway through the bag it's impossible to quit because they're just getting better too! It's like the opposite of eating something rich where you start to feel sick or oversated after just a few bites.

Do any other foods change come to mind that are more or less satisfying as you eat them?

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  1. Not eaten, but really good wines improve demonstrably as they're exposed to air.

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      1. re: nothingswrong

        No..... The bad wines get better as you get drunker! ;)

    1. So many things.

      Ramen or any soup based noodle. The noodle spend more time in the broth as you eat it. Making the last bite different from the first bite -- both in term favor and in texture.

      Bacon -- no explanation is needed.

      Green tea

      Any alcohol -- beer, sake, Scotch

      So many others.

      1. Raisins and peanuts when eaten together mesh nicely.

        1. Cereal in milk! The milk gets better too. :)

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            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

              No, you don't. This was going to be my answer. In fact, I just had cocoa puffs a minute for my breakfast.

          1. My uneducated opinion regarding what you are describing is probably the more you eat, the more evenly your tongue gets coated with the salt, or flavor of what you are eating. The tongue has various area's of taste, so if you take a quick bite of something it might not "hit" all the area's of taste on the tongue, thus not giving you full appreciation of the full flavor. The more you eat, the more the contents get spread around the more taste-buds you hit, the better and more intense the flavor is.

            I have no idea if I'm correct, but it makes sense to me!

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            1. Partially melted Ice Cream is more satisifying to me as opposed to rock hard from the freezer.

              1. Less satisfying: french fries. On the rare times when I eat 'em, I like them hot hot hot and crispy, sprinkled with salt and vinegar. Once the hot is gone and they start to get soggy, they're less appealing.

                More satisfying: soup. It's the "chocolate milk" effect of the syrup settling in the bottom of the glass---the last of the broth is always the most savory.

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                1. re: pinehurst

                  I read the title of this post and assumed it was foods that grow less satisfying the more you eat. I was going to mention the ultimate food, potatoes. My favorite thing in the world.

                  But the longer they sit, the less awesome they are. I'll still eat cold fries or roasted taters, but they definitely start turning into simultaneously dry and greasy cold pasty things.

                  Also, coffee/espresso gets pretty bitter after sitting a while.

                  +1 to soup. Gets better and better. Also potato chips.

                  1. re: pinehurst

                    Yes, soup.
                    For me part of it is that toward the end of the bowl it has finally warmed me from the inside out too.

                  2. Jalapeno potato chips. The longer you eat them, the more mellow the spiciness gets. Then when you stop, it burns.

                    1. I get that sensation every time I eat olives or anything cured. Improves with each bite.

                      1. Sichuan, Indian, Thai and other spicy foods. The build-up of heat makes it definitely more satisfying. Especially the ma la of Sichuan food.