Friday, 5 July 2013

Summer Inspiration: Our first adventure in which I eat vomit and laugh about it!

This isn't going to be my usual "inspiration for writing" blog post. With both my kids out of school for the summer, my available writing time has decreased. So for the next couple of months we're going to goof around and do fun stuff that we don't usually get to do during the rest of the year. 

Yesterday we started by going to the Ontario Science Centre.  (Yes, at some point I will explain the title of this blog post!)

"Game On 2.0" is the exhibit of choice this summer. Our Science Centre has a huge room which has been turned into a maze filled with arcade, video and computer games.  There are over 150 of them!  And they are all playable.

My nine year old loved the Mario Bros and a monkey game. My twelve year old and I spent ages playing various Zelda games. I relived my university years by playing Space Invader. Oh, how I loved that game! I saw Donkey Kong, Pong, Pac-Man, Tomb Raider, Doom to name a few. For a complete list of games, follow this link:

Somehow, we managed to spend more than three hours in this massive room and it felt like only a couple of minutes elapsed.  (Be patient, reader, I am getting to the vomit!)

Exhausted and foot-sore we limped our way to the gift shop. You know, to buy something to remember our visit.  Like a video game. Or a t-shirt. Or maybe a science book. (I'm getting to the title!) *sigh* A piggy bank that "shrinks" money came home with us. Totally exemplifies our day, right?

The other thing that came home was a box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans. (You can see where this is heading, can't you?)

The Jelly Belly Candy Company have been making these for a while.  I've even tried them before but it was only the standard sort of flavours: mint, licorice, apple, lemon.

They've added a couple of new flavours: blackpepper, dirt, earthworms earwax and vomit.  Yes. You read that correctly: Vomit.

Being totally a kid at heart, I immediately got into the taste-testing hosted by my 9 year old. I tried the vomit one.  At first, I was thinking, no, it can't be, it only tastes this way because I'd read the box.  I was wrong.


I don't think I've ever laughed so hard while spitting and gagging at the same time.

I was a little bit more cautious with the next ones. But yes, I tried them all. (Boogers is pretty gross, in case you wanted to know.) We tried Banana, Blackpepper, Booger, Candyfloss, Cinnamon, Dirt, Earthworm, Earwax, Greenapple, Sausage, Soap, Tutti-fruitti and Vomit, of course.

The back of the box lists all the available flavours but unfortunately we didn't get all of them. We missed out on Blueberry, Cherry, Grass, Marshmallow, RottenEgg, Lemon and Watermelon.  I'm hoping we get those in our next box.

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  1. I used to work in a grocery store that sold those! Briefly. It sold them BRIEFLY.

    You need an iron stomach and a real sense of humor to eat Vomit-flavored jelly beans. Kudos to you!

    1. I can see how this only sells briefly, it's a one of a kind purchase. I don't know how many times I'd be willing to try these flavours! :D

  2. I got some bertie botts a few years ago but I didn't dare try them! they are still in their little baggie on one of my knick knack shelves.

    1. One of the reasons I attempted the other flavours is because I couldn't stop thinking about the people who's job was to taste test these... if they could do it, so could I. Go for it!

  3. Oh my goodness. Yuck. That totally makes me think of the Garbage Pale kids I collected in the 80s!

    1. I had those too! :D I wish I still had the stickers-- they're collectables now.

  4. The earwax is totally gross. I skipped the vomit one, but did think grass had a nice bouquet.

    Enjoy your relaxing summer.

    1. Yay! Another crazy-enough-to-eat-these-beans-grown-up! I almost liked the blackpepper. And we all loved the sausage one.