Need A Palate Cleanser? Put A Tampon In Your Mouth.

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It's not that I thought the headline was a joke. It makes perfect sense: a clean palate is more sensitive and prepared to perceive new and subtle flavors compared with one that's been previously stepped on by a cup of black coffee. I just couldn't get my head around the visual: a couple of cooks sitting in a kitchen with white cotton strings hanging from their mouths.

A story in The Guardian details the shenanigans of Heston Blumenthal, the chef and owner of The Fat Duck, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, Berkshire.

Blumenthal picked up the idea from from an from oral physiologist at a food research center in the Netherlands. Ice cream tasted after a tampon is placed in the mouth for a few minutes will taste richer than ice cream tasted the way it is supposed to be tasted: tampon free.

I made some gelato this weekend and was going to give it a go, but I don't have any tampons and couldn't bring myself to ask any of my dinner guests. Anyone else willing? Bueller? Bueller?

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I wonder if Blumenthal's parents, while looking at their new born son in his crib, ever imagined he would one day use feminine hygiene products to cleanse his palate.

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Sometimes I want to shove a tampon in my wife's mouth, for nothing more than to shut her up

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I prefer less of a commitment in my palate cleanser...


No strings attached, so to speak.


My daughter was the first punk rocker in a Dallas Jr. High.


Needed a costume.


Rolled a white sheet tight and tied up,  splattered ketchup on one end,  tied it to her leg with a piece of rope.


Went as a tampon.


If possible,  her mother was even more scandalized.




Just run to the store, look lost, grab a pack, and check out all embarrassed looking. They'll think you got sent to the store...not that you're putting them in your mouth. Weirdo.

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