As someone who particularly enjoys food, I find myself looking at certain sweet treats and thinking to myself "Hmm! That looks pretty tasty!" But once I bite into it, I feel an instant regret. To me, these are the most disappointing foods of all time that have left me questioning exactly why I decided to try them.
As a disclaimer, it's COMPLETELY okay if you love any of the foods that are on this list. You may love all the food on this list, and I respect that. This is just my opinion.
1. Oatmeal raisin cookies
Cookies are amazing. I'd have to say that my favorite is the traditional chocolate chip that is soft and warm. However, there was one encounter I had with a particular baked good that literally left a bad taste in my mouth.
In high school, I was in the band, the jazz band, and the choir, so I frequented the cookie and punch table after the regular concerts. My eyes scanned the various trays positioned randomly on the table, and I grabbed the biggest chocolate chip cookie I could find. I took a large bite then realized something was off…THERE WERE RAISINS IN IT.
I'm not sure there is another disappointment in the world that can match the disappointment of accidentally mistaking an oatmeal raisin cookie for a chocolate chip then subsequently biting into it.
2. Yellow Starbursts
The pink Starbursts are the best, end of story, but for every pink Starburst, there seems to be, like, 50 yellow Starbursts in the bag. It's like the bottom of a two-liter of pop that has lost almost all of its fizz. I feel like I'd enjoy yellow Starbursts more if they would just pick a flavor to go with, as the current taste is a weird mixture between sour and sweet. Yellow Starbursts are the "Star Wars Episode II" of Starbursts.
3. Green Jolly Ranchers
Just like the yellow Starbursts, for every amazing purple and blue raspberry Jolly Rancher, there are about a million of these disgusting things. I understand that Hershey (the company that makes Jolly Rancher…I bet you didn't know that!) didn't want to have EVERY flavor taste sweet, but I for one never feel lucky when I pull out a random Jolly Rancher and behold that ugly Oscar The Grouch green.
4. Sweet potato fries
Yeah, I bet you see that picture right now and think, "Hey, that doesn't look all that bad!" But DO NOT fall for it.
The first week of middle school I was pretty surprised at how different the school lunches were. We got chicken nuggets and pizza just about every week, but there was a new item that looked pretty great: sweet potato fries. I started eating one, and it immediately turned to mush in my mouth. I had to spit it out. Friends, don't fall for it. As Donald Trumps says:
5. Mint ANYTHING that isn't gum
Who is coming up with all this mint stuff? I mean, I love spearmint gum and York Peppermint Patties but forgive me for not wanting to feel like I'm brushing my teeth when I'm supposed to be eating dessert. Mint Ice Cream? Pass. Mint chocolate? Pass. Mint M&Ms? HARD pass.
6. Diet ice cream
I know that the words "diet" and "ice cream" don't really go together, but that's pretty much my point.
I was about 10 years old when my brother would, from time to time, bring home mysterious food that would always seem to taste good. Lifesaver Gummies, Sour Patch Kids, you know, the usual. I would sneak some of his secret candy, but only take enough for him not to notice (sorry, Tim, if you're reading this.)
One day, I decided to be a good brother and actually ask one day. He had this vanilla diet ice cream in the freezer that looked pretty tasty, much like the picture you see above. I asked if I could have some, to which he immediately responded "yeah." Excited, I rushed over the fridge and portioned myself three scoops. It was easily the worst dessert I had ever tasted. Ever.
Maybe my brother actually DID notice I was stealing candy from him, and just wanted to place the diet ice cream, knowing it was terrible, in a place where I would be sure to take some. Sly dog.