.....well, maybe not really, but SOMETHING seems to be going on!
Foods tend to change tastes over time for a few reasons. Different ingredients get used, or cook with because of changing our diets, or the way the
foods are made or cultivated.
Our bodies change over time too. Many times something we had a big taste for in the past, doesn't always taste as good to us now, or we even take up
that fork for something that we didn't really care for in the past but now we find yummy now.
How we taste things can also change as we get older, or worse, you can actually loose a large portion of your tasting due the lack of being able to
Many years ago, around 2007, I lost my sense of smell. I'd had one heck of a sinus infection and months down the road as I was pumping gas into my
car, I realized I couldn't smell the gas anymore!
One thing that I have noticed though over time is: some things seem to be getting spicier and spicier. I thought it just might be me, but both my
youngest son and my wife have noticed this too. Considering my son loves to eat very spicy things, when he tells me something has a bigger bite to it
that it used to, I listen.
Here are a few foods we've noticed:
The "spicy" smoked dry sausage that is a number one favorite topping for pizza here in the US.
Normally pepperoni has always had a little bit of a bite to it, and different brands seem to have different levels of spiciness to them. But lately,
one of my favorite foods has been trying to burn a hole into my tongue!
My son and wife noticed this too, with my son actually putting down a slice and complaining that it was too spicy for him. This from a kid that chows
down on spicy hot wings, and flamming hot Cheetos like they are nothing.
I do not remember pepperonis being so spicy in decades past, but for the last few years, the dang things have gotten to where I can't enjoy of my
favorite splurges anymore:
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Here in the southern part of the US, it's not uncommon for people that eat fried chicken to add hot sauce to it. It's quite common actually.
We also know that KFC has served plenty of spice foods
However, both my wife and I noticed that something seems to have changed in the super secret batter recipe. It now has a bite to it that wasn't there
We do not normally eat out a lot, but sometimes we have a lot of running around to do and want to grab something to take home. We'd not been to our
local KFC in a while so we picked up a bucket mean and took it home.
As we dug in, I began to notice that my chicken was just a bit spicy. Enough so to leave a bite on my tongue. My wife confirmed that she thought it
was a bit spicy too, and didn't taste like we remembered.
Ah come on Colonel Sanders! Why'd you have to go a screw around with my chicken!!!!
Okay, this is one that I can say has changed too. Ranch dressing that we get has a spicy bite to it.
But when I was a kid, it didn't. Back when I was a kid, you had to buy the dry packet and make the dressing yourself. My mom used to do this all the
time in he early 1970s. There was NO spicy bite to the salad dressing then.
Times have changed though.....
One of my favorite things to much on is chilled veggies like cucumbers, carrots, snap beans, etc. Being able to dip them in some ranch is even better.
Less healthy, but better than a burger from McDonalds.
However, over the years, this salad dressing has gotten spicy enough to leave a heck of a bite on my tongue. My wife still likes it, but she says it
seems more spicy to her than in the past.
Here's the original ingredients for Ranch dressing, invented by Steve Henson in California:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon MSG
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
pinch dried thyme
Now the black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder can make things spicy, but when you look at the amounts added to the volume...nope. No way
they'll make it have the bite that a store bought bottle has now.
So just look at the ingredients on the bottle, right? Nope. Sorry, when you look, on every bottle, all you'll see is "spices". Not help at all.
However.....if you start looking up "Homemade" Ranch dressing, you'll see something:
The above image is from a web page for making some homemade Ranch, their version of it. Notice the Tobasco sauce bottle???
Here's another "homemade" recipe for it......and if you look, they list things like Cayenne pepper!
So, yah, using the original recipe that I listed, I made some....guess what?
THAT is the ranch I remembered and loved so much. Not the new spicy hot crap that you buy from the stores now.
So what do you all out there think? Have you noticed a change in these foods too?
Have any other food that seemed to have become spicy hot when they didn't used to be?