The Food Prejudice

By | June 11, 2013

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One of my life’s greatest regrets is when I have a childhood prejudice against a certain food items which becomes delicious obsessions to me when I try it as an Adult. One such example is my misconception regarding the taste of KDD’s ice cream sandwich. Growing up, I avoided it like the plaque. If it was the last ice cream in the freezer and I was craving ice cream, I wouldn’t touch it. It’s the biscuit, I thought to myself. It tasted like rough sand.

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I’m not sure if the ice cream sandwich was always that good or if something in the recipe was changed, but I recall a few years back – a couple perhaps- when I decided it to reach out for it as part of my program to reconnect with foods I’ve sworn off.

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The ice cream sandwich had been in room temperature for a bit so it wasn’t as hard as it’s usually is when first taken out of the freezer, and the chocolate biscuit which I used to think tasted like rough sand was too chewy, chocolatey, velvet cushion smooth, and melting in the vanilla ice cream with every bite. Was it always this good, this soft, this insanely addictive?

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I don’t understand, how could I not have loved that ice cream concoction before? How on earth did it taste like sand? As a matter of fact, I now think that one 90-calorie per sandwich ice cream is not enough. It’s impossible even, not to reach for at least two when you are feasting on the gorgeous ice cream.

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Now me and the sandwich ice cream have got a lot of catching up to do. With every passing day I realise how wrong I was about it and how insanely good it tastes. If anything, I think the flavour is getting better with each purchase, if that is even possible. Or maybe that’s regret towards not liking a Kuwaiti classic talking, which is most likely.

Some of the things I’ve hated from my childhood days but re-tasted are dates, tabasco, rahash, and peanut butter. Now I’m a big BIG fan of peanut butter but still don’t like dates, tabasco, or rahash still. Have you ever avoided a food item because of a childhood experience and reconnected with it as an adult? Or disliked a food item without even trying it, just because?

P.S. I paid for my own sandwich ice cream featured in this post, I just was thinking visually as I was devouring it and decided to “capture” the images via camera and the thoughts via post. It cost 100 fils.


8 Comments

D. on June 11, 2013 at 12:47.

i read somewhere that a child’s palate is more potent than an adult. Their sense of taste is stronger, and can distinguish alot of different types and so hate types of food. This becomes much less as we grow up and so we accept alot of food as adults which we never would touch as children :)

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danderma on June 11, 2013 at 14:27.

That makes a lot of sense! I never could eat anything too sour or anything spicy at all as a child.

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N on June 13, 2013 at 11:47.

I grew up in Kuwait and I am around your same age, and it tasted EXACTLY as you described! EXACTLY! so I am sure it is a change of taste more than recipe ;)

We have icecream sandwich in Egypt that is quite good actually, but I never buy it for it does not have this special softness and taste that KDD one had :D

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danderma on June 13, 2013 at 12:40.

Exactly as I described it before or are my revelation?
Is it igloo? The one you have in Egypt? Because we have it in some co-ops and if it I would definitely want to try it!

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N on June 16, 2013 at 19:55.

exactly as you described it when you tasted it as an adult, I USED TO LOVE IT! the one we have here is not igloo, it is by Nestle (this is one of its variants http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgaum0jlf2M) :)

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danderma on June 17, 2013 at 08:14.

Yum!

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noon on June 19, 2013 at 21:28.

the best ice cream in the whole wide world

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danderma on June 20, 2013 at 10:35.

No no the 99 flake is better but it comes up pretty close :p

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