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Friday the 13th Foods That Are Freaky

13 Foods For Freaky Friday

In honor of Freaky Friday (today's Friday the 13th!), we've pulled together a list of 13 freaky foods. Even if you don't have triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number 13), you may be afraid of some of the things on this list. Clearly there are a bunch of other freaky things out there (how about almost anything Andrew Zimmern eats on his show?), so if there's something we're missing, chime in via the comments below.

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#13: Bubble Tea
I personally love this stuff; however, I've known quite a few folks who are freaked out by the tapioca inside the tea. Come to think of it, I know a lot of people freaked out by tapioca in general . . .

Source: Susannah Chen

#12: Squid ink pasta
I don't have a problem with this lovely pasta dyed with squid ink, but some find eating black pasta to be just a bit too freaky.

Source: Oscar Mayer

#11: Pimiento loaf
Processed meats are a bit scary to begin with, but pimiento loaf really weirds me out. Finely chopped pork and beef supplemented with pickles and pimientos? No, thanks.

Source: Susannah Chen

#10: Scrapple
Quite a few have been quick to add scrapple to the freaky food list. Based on the definition, I can see why it makes the list. What's not a little frightening about a loaf of savory mush from cornmeal, flour, and pork scraps?

Source: Susannah Chen

#9: Sea urchin (uni)
Uni is served in many sushi restaurants and is actually the gonads of the sea urchin. The delicacy — shown here with #12 (squid ink pasta) for a killer combination — has a creamy texture and a yellow-orange hue. It's a bit like a firm custard, but it occasionally can be akin to biting down on a squishy tongue.

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#8: Sweetbreads
I'm actually a fan of sweetbreads, but many people simply can't wrap their heads around the fact that they're eating the thymus gland of a baby cow. My biggest problem is actually the name.

Source: Susannah Chen

#7: Chicken feet
Chicken feet are a delicacy that are usually served in Chinese dim sum; they're often deep-fried, then boiled and marinated in a black bean sauce. There are, however, a ton of little bones. It's gross to look at and, quite frankly, just doesn't have enough payoff.

Source: Jelly Belly

#6: Harry Potter Bertie Bott's Jelly Beans
I know these are just meant as a novelty item, but seriously — vomit-flavored Jelly Beans that actually taste like vomit? Just, no.

Source: Susannah Chen

#5: Bugs
I've had a few of these, and while some of them are actually interesting to try, I just can't seem to get past the idea that they're still creepy, crawly bugs.

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#4: Stinky tofu
This superpopular Asian snack is one of the worst things ever smelled. Stinky tofu is a fermented tofu dish that is very, er, fragrant. Some say it smells like stinky feet, or worse (use your imagination). For many, it's not tasty enough to get past the smell.

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General Cucombre

#3: Pickled pigs' feet
As I mentioned above, I have a problem with feet. These piggy feet are salted and smoked like bacon and ham, but then they're placed in a jar of hot brine and preserved for months. I don't know about you, but I just have a problem with eating feet.

Source: Susannah Chen

#2: Black pudding, or blood sausage
Anything with the word "blood" in it deserves to be on the freaky list. Black pudding — which actually has very little to do with pudding and a lot to do with blood — is a sausage made by cooking animal blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal.

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Charles Haynes

#1: Balut
I love poultry and I love eggs, so I should love balut, right? I live by the "try anything once" motto, but even I might have a hard time chowing down on a boiled, almost-whole baby duck stuck inside an egg.

huskyluv huskyluv 5 years
I grew up in the Philippines where Balut was everywhere, I loved it! But from a different POV, I could see why it would be a turn off for people.  
Assistant-Community-Manager Assistant-Community-Manager 5 years
My family got some squid ink pasta at Eatily in NY this spring, I didn't get to try it but I wish I had!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
LUTEFISK needs to be on here. Seriously. It's pure eeeeeeeeeevil. Google it if you dare. Taste (and smell) it if you have a death wish.
Binzi Binzi 8 years
Someone mentioned Ox Tongue. My favourite meal! Sliced diagonally and simmered in a light mushroom gravy with bayleaf, it's like the most heavenly tender roast beef served over whole boiled buttered and parsley potatoes. I served it to a flatmate once without telling him, and he raved about it being soo delicious. When I told him what it was (after his 3rd helping) he wanted to hit me, but admitted that if I told him he'd have missed out on the best meal he's had in a long time!
Binzi Binzi 8 years
Here's one you shouldn't have missed: Czernina, (pronounced Char-NEE-nuh) Duck Blood Soup (from the Polish word czarny – black) is a Polish soup made of duck blood. Collect the blood of a freshly-killed duck or goose and stir in 1/4 cup vinegar. In pot, combine duck or goose wings, neck, rump, heart and gizzard with 8 cups of cold water. Bring to a boil, skimming off scum until no more forms. Fork-blend 2-3 Tbs flour with the blood and vinegar mixture, add about 1/2 cup chicken stock, add to the pot. Add prunes and/or raisins, sugar to taste, and simmer another 15-20 minutes. Serve with freshly made kluski noodles.A dark brown vinegar soup made of duck’s blood and prunes. It looks as disgusting as it tastes.I really think my aversion to vinegar and anything vinegary is due to seeing, smelling, and only once TASTING Czernina as a kid. On the other hand, I actually liked Pimento loaf…
travelsugarfairy travelsugarfairy 9 years
the trick with eating duck eggs or "balut" is not to look at the doesnt taste as bad as it looks. it pretty much tastes like eggs and well hmn.... boiled meat in some cases you can request that they give you a young balut meaning its not as developed, you get to taste it but not get too grossed out by the looks
sunja sunja 10 years
I love bubble tea! In California (or maybe even just N.California) we call it boba though. :P I've tried blood sausage and chicken feet, and I really didn't like either of them.
jewelsugar jewelsugar 10 years
oh, i also forgot to comment on the philadelphia staple - scrapple. i refused to eat it when i lived there. hot dogs and sausage links are bad enough already...
jewelsugar jewelsugar 10 years
ummm... #1 is so very creepy. i do love bubble tea, though!
tigrid tigrid 10 years
I grew up with something called gritzie, the closest thing I can say it is like is goetta. Similar to scrapple but make with oats instead of cornmeal. Ground up pork, beef, oats, and spices. Yummy! Sometimes my grandma also put snoots in it. Tapioca is my go-to sweet craving, haven't tried bubble tea ... yet.
pintsized pintsized 10 years
Aside from the bugs, everything on that list looks like food most people usually eat ANYWAY. Balut < we eat birds all the time, it isnt any LESS cruel if its still in the shell. And stuffed innards/meat in general? Uh, hello liver anyone? LOL, funny people!
chaboogie chaboogie 10 years
balut and blood pudding ("dinuguaan" in tagalog) are traditional filipino food.....that i'll never eat..ick. there's plenty of disgusting things out there. people eat fish eyes and brains..and i heard in china they take the skull off a live monkey so you can eat it's brains fresh!!! siiiick!
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
sorry, #2 blood pudding...
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
#6 - Sweetbread THE BESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTTT I Love totally!!!! We're Argentine and to find that here is almost inmpossible! The funny thing is, near my job is a major grocery store near a large concentration of Argentine's and the head meat guy of the grocery always laughs, becuase I track him down every sunday for some Sweetbread, and he hides a package for me (becuase if he puts it out, they disappear). Sweetbread known to Argentine's as Molleja which is part of the traditional Parillada, which would be like Barbeque, but the important part of the Parillada is that the cuts of meats NOT be marinated and it is cooked either in the Barbeque or in the broil, you can then add to the hot, cooked, juicy steak/meats chimichurri (a cold parsley/garlic mix). However, Sweetbread is mainly eaten with some salt and lemon. Oh, Yum, trick to preparing these (and it is a bit time-consuming to prep) it to break them up into like 1 to 2 inch (max 3 inch) pieces and remove as much of the mucus like nerve thing-ies as possible. It's not easy and if the knife isn't sharp, you are very very likely to cut yourself, but it speeds up on the cooking time and it is easier to chew/eat. Oh and we normally cook them in the broil however we use kitchen dropper to suck out the extra grease/liquid that *can* catch fire in a gas stove (or so says my mom and her reason for doing it). . Oh, and #1, Blood pudding, also known as blood sausage is also typically part of a Parillada, known as Morcilla. My husband, mother, and brother all LOVE this dish, I personally always swap out my 'Morcilla'(blood sausage) with my hubby for his Mollejas (Sweetbread {#6 on the list}). He likes the Mollejas (Sweatbreads), but he likes the Morcillas (blood sausage) more!. . Anyway, I was really surprised to find one of my favorite foods on this list. It is soooo not strange or freaky to me and I've been eating it since I was a kid.
ohmondieu ohmondieu 10 years
Eww the pic for balut just put me off my dinner :( I'm vegetarian but loads of people that I know eat black pudding, especially for breakfast. i think that is more of an english thing.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 10 years
I have had scrapple and it is actually very good. THe thought of what it is keeps me from eating it but I will have the odd slice. :-)
calibabi calibabi 10 years
when i lived in ecuador, i was eating this amazing chicken soup...and then i picked up my spoon and there was a whole chicken foot on it, nails and all. i quickly lost my appetite.
lgaub lgaub 10 years
i love bubble tea and i love bertie botts bean's! i'll pass on the rest (vegetarian).
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
The #1 is one of the nastiest things I've ever heard of. I'm surprised Natto didn't make the list. :P
dcmurray1970 dcmurray1970 10 years
i am so grossed out. lunch is officially cancelled!!
L-Boogie L-Boogie 10 years
I come from a long line of Philadelphians, so maybe I'm genetically predisposed to a fondness for scrapple. It's ideally made with seven kinds of meat. It really is heavenly.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Balut and blood pudding look nasty. I dont like uni and Im too grossed out to try pigs feet. But bubble tea I am in love with!
KimmieChronicles KimmieChronicles 10 years
I've never tried bubble tea, and I'm anxious to finally try it, some day :( I do love black pudding, though. In my parents' country, they make it with rice and different spices, so it's a lot more appetizing than all blood (like the photo above) Balut looks DISGUSTING!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Bubble Tea rocks!!!!!!!
inadee inadee 10 years
ick. all but the bubble tea are off limits. I think I've had blood pudding once but no more! I've never tried bubble tea but I'd like to.
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