Halloween is right about the corner, and as everyone is prepping for their scary, creative or sexy costumes, I’m thinking of all the awkward Halloween parties with weird foods and snacks. Don't get me wrong, I love going over to people’s houses for cocktail and dinner parties. However, I do have a slight fear of going over to someone’s home and feeling obligated to eat something that freaks me out. Halloween is a whole other game. A lot of us try to get extra-creative around Halloween with really weird foods that look scary and gross, and I am not a fan of this at all. If you’re thinking of throwing a Halloween bash this year, I did a roundup on the blog recently of some spooky inspiration, if you’re in need of some party ideas.
Back to the issue at hand—foods that scare me. As a food writer, I hate being the person who has a running list of all the foods I dislike; it’s sort of annoying, right? At any rate, if I’m being honest with myself and my readers, I have to be truthful that there are just some foods that completely scare me. With Halloween so close, I thought this would be a great time to share those scary food items.
Mayo isn’t just a food that scares me; it’s a food that I loathe. I’m not a fan of it on my sandwiches or anywhere in the house. The husband likes it, so once in a while, I’ll put my big girl pants on and buy some from the store. Now here’s where the weirdness comes in. Occasionally, if mayonnaise has been "rebranded" as aioli, there’s a better chance of me trying it. There’s something about the fanciness of the word; I’m a sucker for fancy things.
Caviar freaks me out, but it’s top on my list of foods I want to try. Full disclosure: I have tried caviar before, but I feel like it wasn’t true caviar. Does that make sense? It wasn’t the fancy caviar that Robin Leach would eat on "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." Please tell me you’re all old enough to remember that show? Despite my desire to try it, it’s still pretty scary because it’s salt-cured fish eggs. It doesn’t exactly sound appetizing.
On multiple occasions, I’ve had oysters. I’ve tried them raw, baked and fried, and I haven’t been completely turned off by them—but oysters are so scary to me. I try so hard to be one of the cool kids eating oysters like everyone else, but in reality, it’s one of the scariest foods I’ve had. Just writing about it is grossing me out.
Unfortunately, I have memories of Watergate salad at various family potluck dinners. Surprisingly enough, it was always left untouched by the time we would all leave to head home. If you’re a fan of Watergate salad, I hope I don’t offend you, but besides oysters, this horrendous-looking food (I use the word "food" very loosely here) has to be one of the scariest things that exist. I’m more interested in the origin of the name than actually eating this terrible dish. Just looking at it is scary, don't you think?
What are some of the foods that scare you?
Shawanda Mason is the creator and blogger of Eat.Drink.Frolic. For recipe questions or to chat about eating, drinking or frolicking, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by following her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.