Ironic as it sounds, there can be an immense feeling of relief that comes along with eating a bag of peanut M&Ms washed down with an ice cold Coca-Cola on a humid summer day in rural China. Take it from a weary world traveler, the availability of certain packaged foods like Oreos and Pringles across the globe provides the satisfying comfort of a familiar taste (Photo Credit: Flickr/aflier).
It's one of modern civilization's greatest conveniences, and yet at the same time, one of the major advantages of this globalized market is the sheer number choices. To please any kind of palate, a multitude of bizarre packaged foods and beverages exist for those who are willing to look hard enough and be experimental in their tastes. From pickle-flavored popsicles to buffalo wing soda, there are American companies that are urging consumers to take their taste buds for a walk on the wild side.
Although precise production and distribution networks ensure that a vast majority of our favorite packaged foods, whether Cheerios or Oscar Mayer wieners, are available in supermarkets from sea to shining sea, what do you do if the same old Hostess CupCakes you've been eating since grade school become boring? The same old Skippy peanut butter or the identical Wrigley's Spearmint gum can lose its sheen, and you may find yourself on an insatiable quest for variety and new flavors in your packaged goods.
Luckily, there are a number of bizarre packaged foods and beverages out there for those who are willing to look hard enough and be experimental in their tastes. Ever heard of pork brains smothered in milk gravy? (You might've not guessed, but this delicacy is quite high in cholesterol!). Or how about bacon-flavored mints or even canned alligator meat? Click through to find out about these products and others that made this list of the strangest packaged foods of all time.
- Ryan Glasspiegel, The Daily Meal
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Ever find yourself on a long drive, stopping at a gas station to pick up a cup of coffee and unable to walk past the large selection of beef jerky without picking up a Slim Jim? Now, the two are combined with Perky Jerky, a beef jerky with the flavor and texture that we know and love, but that also includes guarana, a berry commonly found in energy drinks. Buy Perky Jerky online here. More on The Daily Meal: Reviewing Taco Bell's 'FirstMeal' Breakfast Menu Photo Credit: © Perky Jerky
Bacon in the morning, bacon in the evening, bacon at suppertime. With bacon-flavored breath mints, you can taste bacon anytime! Accouterments also makes mints flavored with dill pickle, nacho cheese, and cupcakes. Buy Accouterments Bacon-Flavored Breath Mints online here. More on The Daily Meal: The 10 Spiciest Dishes in America Photo Credit: © Flickr/KarenDaziel
If you've always wanted to taste the deadly rattlesnake, but don't have the skills (or the bravery) to hunt one yourself, pick up a few cases of Dale's Wild West Rattlesnake Meat. Buy Dale’s Wild West Rattlesnake Meats online here. More on The Daily Meal: America's Best Buffalo Wings Photo Credit: © Telegraph
On a mission to find low-carb, low-fat pork rinds on the go? Lowrey’s felt your pain and created Microwave Pork Rinds, available in Original or Hot & Spicy flavors. Eighty-one out of 139 reviewers on Amazon give the tasty snack 5 stars! Buy Lowrey’s Microwave Pork Rinds online here. More on The Daily Meal: America's Best Ribs Photo Credit: © J&J Etc.
And you thought that Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda was strange! In what we now consider to be a glaring omission, Lester's Fixins Buffalo Wing Soda was not even mentioned in The Daily Meal's Best Chicken Wings Slideshow. Buy Lester's Fixins Buffalo Wing Soda online here. More on The Daily Meal: 10 Ways to Eat Healthy When Dining Out Photo Credit: © Blooms Candy & Soda Pop Shop
Everyone has heard Jimmy Buffett’s "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and imagined eating just that. But what if your paradise is, say, a tent in the wilderness, miles away from any fine hamburger establishments? The canned cheeseburger by Katadyn is your perfect solution. More on The Daily Meal: The Best (and Worst) Waffles to Buy Photo Credit: © Flickr/Arnold Inuyaki
Are you a lover of pickles and pickle accessories who yearns for the ability to satisfy the craving on a warm summer day? The quest is over. Pick up some of Bobs Pickle Pops, yes, pickle-flavored ice pops, before your next trip to the beach. Buy Bob's Pickle Pops online here. More on The Daily Meal: 10 Optical Illusion Dishes Photo Credit: © Facebook/Bob's Pickle Pops
The product description for Accouterments Roast Beef Bubble Gum is too good NOT to use: "This Roast Beef Bubble Gum tastes so delicious that each gumball deserves to be served on a platter and carved with a knife and fork." Buy Accoutrements Roast Beef Bubble Gum online here. More on The Daily Meal: Italian Food, Lady Gaga Style Photo Credit: © ArchieMcPhee
"Hey Chubbs, remember that alligator that got your hand? I got it in a CAN!" Happy Gilmore would have said if he was aware of the existence of this delicacy from Dales Wild West. Buy Dale's Wild West Alligator in a Can online here. More on The Daily Meal: 50 Most Powerful People in Food for 2012 Photo Credit: © Flickr/AngryJulieMonday
There are any number of sound, ethical reasons to become a vegetarian. Most often, the deterrent to doing so is something along the lines of, "But meat is so good!" It’s not just the taste — it’s the texture — and Stonewall’s has tried to replicate both with its soy beef jerky. Buy Stonewall’s Jerquee online here. Click here to see More of The Strangest Packaged Foods of All Time Photo Credit: © Vegan Essentials
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