Who would have thought that dried fruit could be so difficult? Today’s twofer was born out of frustration. I was hungry and excited for something I was fairly confident would taste good. Dried fruit is always good, right? Even bananas seem to taste ok dried.
The first attempt was mangoes. I love mangoes. It even says it “Taste best !” at the top!
But wait. Why is it brown? And why does it feel leathery?
And why oh why does it taste like it’s fermented, and have some sort of hard leather shell on it? It was HORRIBLE. It was like throwing a hand deep into a compost pile and eating whatever you pulled out. And they packaged and sold it! GAH!
Ok, so I had to put something else in my mouth to remove the awful taste. What about the plums? The package says “Cream flavored dried plum” and “Treasure flavour”, clearly putting in both spellings of flavor to appeal to all Western countries. Surely something in there would taste like cream, plum, or treasure.
Looks a little strange, but I’ll put it in my mouth anyway.
Come ON! Apparently in China “Creme flavored” means “extremely sour vinegar” and “Treasure flavour” means they leave the pit in as an extra gift inside every one. After sucking off the Sour Patch Kid level of flavor coating the fruit, and gnawing the morsel of plum off the pit, I was done. Defeated by inedible Chinese fruit snacks.
It has to get better than this. Maybe I’m using them wrong. Maybe they aren’t snacks at all but are meant to be used in some kind of larger dish? I can’t imagine them improving the flavor of anything they’re put in, so I’ll have to just conclude this horrible horrible aisle of packaged things is not intended for my demographic.