Yesterday, 250,000 people received a gift of “miracle berries” from Cards Against Humanity during their 10 Days or Whatever of Kwanzaa. Being a miracle berry fan for a good amount of years (yes, I’m pulling the Hipster card on miracle berries), I’m thrilled that others are being introduced to this fun activity.

First of all: What are miracle berries? Miracle berries (Synsepalum dulcificum) are a berry native to Africa. The berries coat your taste buds, blocking certain taste receptors (like sour and bitter), making anything you consume taste sweeter than it would without the berry. The effect lasts up to an hour. (I find it lasts around 30 minutes on average.) What you received in the mail is not the berry itself–it’s the berry plus cornstarch, made into a tablet.

While the people who manufacture/sell the berry tablets may tell you this can serve as a daily supplement and a way to live a healthier lifestyle (your vegetables taste sweet and you don’t want to eat as much candy!), I think these are best used for tasting parties. Invite your friends over and have everyone bring a sour or bitter item that they’d like to try on the berries. Then, pop the pill (this sounds way worse than it is), and get tasting! We’ve found that as soon as people try one thing, they start to ravage the spread, wanting to know what everything tastes like. Once the spread is gone, they’ll move onto your pantry and fridge. You’ve been warned.

Below are some of my favorite items to try with miracle berries. These have been tested and approved–they’re musts at your party! But a word of warning: A lot of these foods are acidic or harsh on the stomach, but they won’t taste that way. Although it will be tasty, you’ll still be consuming larger amounts of lemons, limes, vinegar, and other sour/bitter items than you’re used to. Use moderation and keep some Tums/Alka Seltzer nearby!

  • Limes and Lemons (These are just amazing, Particularly limes. It’s my go-to favorite with miracle berries.)
  • Balsamic Vinegar (It’s sweet and not harsh at all. But that doesn’t mean you should chug large amounts! Read the disclaimer in the paragraph above!)
  • Guinness (Tastes like a chocolate shake. Any Porter/Stout will be ridiculously good.)
  • Cream Cheese (Tastes like cheesecake.)
  • Strawberries (It’s like you dipped them in sugar, but you DIDN’T! Magic.)

The following is a list of other suggested foods to try from various sources, including Cards Against Humanity, Amazon, and blogs/forum posts. I can’t vouch for the deliciousness of all of these, but it’s at least a starting off point for your tasting party!

  • BBQ sauce
  • Bitter chocolate
  • Blackberries
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cranberries
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Ketchup
  • Kiwi
  • Mustard
  • Oranges
  • Pickles (or anything pickled)
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Salt and Vinegar chips
  • Sour Candies (warheads, sour patch kids)
  • Sour Cream
  • Stinky cheese (bleu cheese and goat cheese, specifically)
  • Tabasco (or other hot sauces)
  • Tea
  • Tequila
  • Tomatoes
  • Tonic water
  • Vinegar
  • Watermelon

What are your fave foods to have with miracle berries? Let me know in the comments! Didn’t receive the berries from Cards Against Humanity, but still want to try it? You can find them on Amazon!

16 thoughts on “What To Eat With Miracle Berries

  1. Old School Geeky Hostess tip: Miracle Berries make an excellent addition to any Harry Potter party. Because they’re like magic. (I think they were use in “Potions” class?)

  2. I usually avoid IPA’s because they’re so bitter – I’m curious to try an IPA with these Miracle Berries….

  3. Oh man, grapefruits are the BEST with miracle berries. Just heavenly. The most disappointing things I tried were sort of bland raw vegetables (celery, broccoli, etc). The taste was hardly affected at all :<

  4. I tried these with some friends, I wasn’t at all wowed by the experience. Most things tasted normal, lemons and limes were the only thing dramatically different but I still didn’t think they tasted good. Seems two very different experience by people. Many people on youtube seem totally amazed and others like myself not wowed. Read this post this morning before reading yours…

  5. Interesting! I wonder if there’s a correlation between people’s experiences and the way they taste/other foods they enjoy. Maybe some people are more sensitive to that flavor and have a stronger experience? I smell a science experiment brewing…

    (Sorry you didn’t have a great experience, by the way!)

  6. I take sliced fruit and saute with chicken and hot sauce and serve over rice, taste like a heavy syrup from Chinese dishes with no added sugar added. Oh so good.

  7. Limes and Lemons are great but I can’t say I have ever tried Strawberries, that sounds like one for the next tripping party!

  8. Can confirm. Had to make sure the lemons were real lemons. Strawberries are very sweet. Pickled hot peppers are a trip. Try mustard, vinegar, grapefruit, sweet baby Ray’s. Honestly, just experement

  9. I’m on a low carb diet and I hate artificial sweeteners so when I’m having a dyer craving for sweets, I pop a miracle berry tablet. The best results have been easily the lemons and limes. Pickles are good too. They taste just like bread and butter pickles. The miracle berry is a real life saver!

  10. I would like a taste test with the berries vs. most vegetables. I loathe most all veggies and if maybe that berry could change the taste of most of them – maybe I would eat more veggies.

  11. Gummy Snacks, Caprisons, Ketchup, Pikles, Dark Chocolate, Caramel, Apple and Ramen all changed flavors for me

  12. My mom opened these when she found them in my brother’s pockets. She thinks they’re drugs.

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