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I recently discovered a terribly odd effect. You see, your
mouth has seperate receptors for "Hot" and "Cold"
temperatures. Capsaicin and similar chemicals can
the "hot" sensors, while others, notably menthol, trigger
the "cold" sensors. However, menthol does not
sensors, and nor does capsaicin repress
feelings of cold. The obvious question arises- what
happens when both are active at once? What sensation is
percieved when the inside of your mouth is registered
as burning hot and ice cold?
After conducting an experiment involving peppermint
candies and hot sauce, I can reveal the answer to you:
a) Pretty much indescribable. The effect can be roughly
akin to finding the flavor equivalent of octarine, or
perhaps what happens when the measured temperature
a complex number.
b) Extremely tingly. Quite enjoyable, actually. In
concentrated forms, however, the result is best
as INTENSE PAIN. Analysis of the market for extra-spicy
foods indicates this is also enjoyable to a large subset of
the population, so no problem there for those who prefer
more hardcore "flavor trip."
I propose a form of ice pop or popsicle which is both
very strongly mint flavored and contains a generous
helping of spicy substances; chili extracts and cayenne
pepper seem to provide good results. The long-lasting
of the ice and the effects of the mint flavor will provide
the "cold" stimulus, and help to counter the long-lasting
burn of the spicy ingredients. Sugar may also be added
improve the flavor.
Sucking on this ought to provide an extremely startling
very unusual, but quite pleasurable sensation. Also
available in chewing gum form. The whole thing, of
course, is packaged in a bright red and blue package.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, May 26 2012]
Malic acid and chilli oil. [UnaBubba, May 29 2012]
||Intriguing. This is an experiment I must try.
||Reminds me of 'Fire & Ice', the cinnamon/peppermint
flavored schnapps, only this would be the real thing and
not some übersweet sorority-girl attractant.
||Still, I'm not dashing out to the kitchen to try it.
||Is this why mint tea tastes so good?
||so, icy hot, tiger balm, and a thousand other products based on this phenomenon were not adequate?
||Why would anyone lick tiger balm?
||IcyHot is not, repeat NOT intended for oral use. True story:
||Husband returns home from hard day of manual labor and
rubs IcyHot into sore muscles on shoulders and neck.
Shortly thereafter Wife, feeling frisky, approaches Husband
from behind and without warning or preamble commences
to playfully nibble and bite area of application. Hilarity
||As far as any of the keen young ladies in the Recursive
Research Division of the Heathen Institute of Inadvisably
Applied Science & Public Nudity Legislative Action can
determine, the most common additive used to preserve
rum was more rum.
||Isn't this what "Warheads" candies were about?
||There were two hot flavours... Chilli Cherry and Chilli
Grape. They had chilli oil on them and were
extremely hot for about a minute.
||The thing is, sugar quickly brings chilli burn under
control, so the effect was less intense than it might