1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

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1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby jozwa » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:36 pm UTC

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Let the food arguments begin. I'm not surprised about licorice's place in the spectrum but I'm kinda saddened that it's so unappreciated.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Devil N » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:40 pm UTC

Booooo! Licorice is great!

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby willpellmn » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:40 pm UTC

Huh, first to reply? (Nope!)

I for one like caramel much better than chocolate. And I'm saddened that he thinks Orange and Creamsickle are the only orange colors. What about Peach and Mango? (I don't like either of those, but they deserve inclusion.)

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Whizbang » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:45 pm UTC

You smell that? Take a deep breath through the nose. Really let that seep in. What are you getting? Because to me, that's part man-smell, and the other part is really bad man-smell. I don't know why, but overall it just smells like the color brown. Your thoughts?

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby speising » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:48 pm UTC

Why is watermelon on the pink and green bars?
if the pink is for the flesh, why is the green rind so good?

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Ken_g6 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:49 pm UTC

You think mint < pistachio < green apple? Your nuts!
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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:01 pm UTC

What color is your (edible) parachute?

and


A rose by any other ... color... would taste just as sweet .
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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Shoaler » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:07 pm UTC

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Quantized » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:13 pm UTC

Popcorn on the 'bad' end of the scale? Outrage. Popcorn is delicious.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Flumble » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:17 pm UTC

Blue and purple are the weirdest tasting colours.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby kharnynb » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:21 pm UTC

Have to agree with previous poster, Licorice and especially salty licorice is life :evil:

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby YellowYeti » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:44 pm UTC

In terms of light, white is the sum of all the other colours.

In terms of food, brown is the sum of all the other colours.

Chocolate is brown. Therefore Chocolate is equal to the sum of all other foods, and so is proved scientifically to be the best tasting.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Whizbang » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:50 pm UTC

Shit is also brown.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby slinches » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:51 pm UTC

Red is a tricky color for tastiness. You have to watch out for the rogue cinnamon that (while on its own is not a terrible taste), is near vomit inducing if you're expecting cherry or strawberry.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby The Snide Sniper » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:58 pm UTC

Why is orange on the "bad" end of the scale? Orange is the best candy flavor. :evil:
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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Heimhenge » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:07 pm UTC

Not so much a licorice fan, at least the black color ... red licorice ain't bad.

But why only "licorice" in the black group? Should also include blackberries and poppy-seed, both of which I'd put on the "good" side of the spectrum. EDIT: Oh yeah ... and Black Jack gum is pretty good too, probably because it has enough sugar to offset the black licorice flavor.
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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby yan » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:10 pm UTC

How is vanilla white? Is he thinking of (artificially flavored) vanilla ice cream? Even this older comic shows it as black...

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby pogrmman » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:48 pm UTC

I have problems with this. First, licorice deserves a far higher placement, as does lemon, orange, coffee, and popcorn. White chocolatey is way too high, as is cotton candy.

Either way, I thought this comic was humorous and I enjoyed it.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Whizbang » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:56 pm UTC

Alt-text wrote:I recognize that chocolate is its own thing on which reasonable people may differ. Everything else here is objective fact.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby freezeblade » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:03 pm UTC

I'm reading this entire chart as having to do with "artificial flavors" of things like hard candy.
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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Reka » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:15 pm UTC

He's got his red and orange spectrums reversed or shuffled. In actual fact,

cherry << strawberry < raspberry (I mean, really, cough medicine ahem, sorry, cherry has to be at the bottom of the scale)

and

creamsicle < orange < mandarin (yes, orange and mandarin are distinct flavors. And mandarin is the best candy flavor, bar none.)


There are other parts I wouldn't necessarily agree with (like for example the ordering of white chocolate and vanilla is accurate, but they both need to move to the right; I imagine he didn't so much leave out coconut as place it so far on the left that it failed to show up on the picture, which is an entirely accurate placement), and other parts that require a specific interpretation/context to make sense (popcorn is a fine flavor as popcorn; in a jelly bean, not so much).

I imagine watermelon shows up under both red and green because sometimes, watermelon-flavored items are colored green.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby azule » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:23 pm UTC

Chocolate is opinion yet white chocolate has a hard spot? Why, yes, I disagree!

Lime, in the form of lemon-lime, should be higher.

The yellow spectrum should include snow. ;)

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Draco18s » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:35 pm UTC

How did he forget blueberries?

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby SDK » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:37 pm UTC

freezeblade wrote:I'm reading this entire chart as having to do with "artificial flavors" of things like hard candy.

Yes, no way popcorn by itself warrants that bad a rating. He must be referring to popcorn-flavoured jelly beans (which, really, shouldn't even be on this scale - look away from your monitor, far to the left... see that little speck on your wall? That is the reference point for popcorn-flavoured jelly beans)
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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby DanD » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:44 pm UTC

I would read this as referring to things that are generally selected by color, rather than by flavor. (With a partial exception for chocolate).

Jellybeans, skittles, etc. No one asks for "lime" skittles, they say "can I have a green one". In particular, given the time of year, jelly beans.

In which case, most of the questionmarks on the white line are variations on Coconut.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Showsni » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:32 pm UTC

Blue is a flavour, but only in the context of slush-based beverages.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby da Doctah » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:34 pm UTC

I'd love it if "green" reliably meant "lime" and not some atrocity like "sour apple" like it seems to these days.

That said, I'm taken back to college when every week before heading off into the mountains we'd stop at Snappy Mart for a couple of Slush Puppies (SM's answer to the Slurpee/Slushee/Icee). Bright primary colors whirling in the guts of the machine, most of which were pretty representative except for blue. My buddy got curious and asked what flavor blue was and was told "coconut", which makes about as much sense as any other conceivable option, but from that moment it became his preferred Slush Puppy flavor.

Flash forward about twenty-five years. I'm back in the same small town for a week with my girlfriend, and we stop at a Snappy Mart so I can share that part of my history. Two blue Slush Puppies follow us to the car and we start sucking on them, but now the flavor is clearly not coconut. It takes a few good pulls before I'm able to pin down what I'm tasting, which it turns out is kerosene.

You don't have to swallow a lot of frozen blue kerosene for the taste to remain with you the entire rest of the day.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Zinho » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:19 pm UTC

yan wrote:How is vanilla white? Is he thinking of (artificially flavored) vanilla ice cream? Even this older comic shows it as black...

Yep, raw vanilla extract is a dark brown (assuming you've gotten the good stuff). You know you've got the right stuff if it comes packaged in clear glass and the liquid inside is opaque.

Notably missing from his "White" data points are truly delicious foods, e.g.:
* the three secrets to French cuisine (butter, butter, and butter (no, butter shouldn't be yellow))
* Manteca
* Bacon grease
We Americans hate to admit it, but fat is what makes good food taste great.

DanD wrote:I would read this as referring to things that are generally selected by color, rather than by flavor.

I agree, that's the context that makes the most sense.

To that end, I'll throw down the gauntlet and assert that Red Vines are neither strawberry nor cherry, but some fantasy flavor. And it's an abomination.
In contrast, red Twizzlers, while not actually strawberry flavored either, are manna of the Gods and the only vine-like comestible fit for human consumption. All other colors of vines/Twizzlers are heretical and peg the Y-axis of Randall's chart.

Let the holy war commence :twisted:

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:27 pm UTC

If it's holy wars... Crisp(/Chip) Packet colour theming, by flavour.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby orthogon » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:49 pm UTC

I guess we're all a bit synaesthetic between colour and taste.

This reminds me of two separate gags from the British comedy canon. One is an episode of some 80's sitcom (I'm thinking something with Ronnie Corbett) where there's a tub of red substance labeled simply "jam". The protagonist protests "it can't just be jam; is it raspberry, strawberry, cherry?". Then he tastes it and says "yeah, that's jam". The other is from the Meaning of Liff, which defines "Masbury" as more or less exactly that nonspecific fruit flavour.
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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby DanD » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:05 pm UTC

Zinho wrote:* the three secrets to French cuisine (butter, butter, and butter (no, butter shouldn't be yellow))


Depends. The original yellow color of both (some) butter and cheddar cheese was naturally occurring, when cows grazed particular mixtures of plants that were high in beta-carotene. You are correct that any such color in modern high volume products is artificially introduced, but you can still sometimes find in natural product from certain areas.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby 852derek852 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:22 pm UTC

people who don't like licorice have tastebuds that are objectively mutated

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby pogrmman » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:39 pm UTC

SDK wrote:
freezeblade wrote:I'm reading this entire chart as having to do with "artificial flavors" of things like hard candy.

Yes, no way popcorn by itself warrants that bad a rating. He must be referring to popcorn-flavoured jelly beans (which, really, shouldn't even be on this scale - look away from your monitor, far to the left... see that little speck on your wall? That is the reference point for popcorn-flavoured jelly beans)



That is definitely true. Popcorn flavored candy doesn't deserve existence. It's terrible.

Zinho wrote:We Americans hate to admit it, but fat is what makes good food taste great.


Yeah! I'm all for fatty foods!

One of the best things I've ever eaten was bacon confit. Make a nice slab of bacon. Cut it into cubes. Place the cubes in a jar full of lard and bacon grease by slowly letting them simmer in the fat for a while. Let the jar sit for a couple months. Take them out, and deep fry them.

You get a cube that is crispy on the outside, but super tender, moist, and falls apart in your mouth on the inside.

852derek852 wrote:people who don't like licorice have tastebuds that are objectively mutated


Some people just can't appreciate good flavor when it hits them. I don't care. It leaves more for me.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby golden.number » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:52 pm UTC

I'd like to see an actual website that aggregated people's responses. I had an "incident" with cotton candy as a kid, so I would place the taste so far off to the left that it wouldn't even appear on the graph ;-)

Similarly, pistachio doesn't belong on the graph, but mint should be to the far right. And those are the real objective facts ;-)

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby golden.number » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:53 pm UTC

852derek852 wrote:people who don't like licorice have tastebuds that are objectively mutated


I agree red licorice is the best! (If you meant black licorice, you have serious problems and should see a doctor.)

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby golden.number » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:55 pm UTC

Brown is missing Root Beer flavor. Though I understand this tastes like medicine flavor in certain countries, sort of like how cherry flavor equates to medicine flavor in the US.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby Mikeski » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:58 pm UTC

Quantized wrote:Popcorn on the 'bad' end of the scale? Outrage. Popcorn is delicious.

Just popcorn, with nothing on it? ...meh. Popcorn is salt substrate.

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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby SDK » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:06 pm UTC

Mikeski wrote:
Quantized wrote:Popcorn on the 'bad' end of the scale? Outrage. Popcorn is delicious.

Just popcorn, with nothing on it? ...meh. Popcorn is salt substrate.

How dare you?! Salt mixed with dairy fat, please.
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Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Postby flicky1991 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:28 pm UTC

I am also offended by liquorice being so low. Even more than I am by the spelling "licorice".
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