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The Strangest Packaged Foods Of All Time

Posted: 02/17/2012 9:45 am

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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)

Slideshow: The Strangest Packaged Foods of All Time

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.

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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.

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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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