The 20 Most Disgusting Canned Foods in the World?
Whenever I travel, I will occasionally visit a grocery store at some point to purchase items which I may want or need in the country which I am visiting. For example, if I rent a car or stay in one place for a few days, I might purchase a large container of water to take with me — not so much because I will not drink the tap water; but the container itself to hold the water is something which I find convenient if I do not have to physically lug it around. I then pour water from it into a smaller bottle for portability. This little system has worked for me in places like southern Africa and the Middle East.
The 20 Most Disgusting Canned Foods in the World?
I rarely ever go to the canned goods section of a grocery store during my travels — primarily because I do not have a can opener; but more so because canned food is usually not appealing to me. If the can has a top which is easy to open without a can opener and the hotel room in which I am staying is equipped with a microwave oven — should the food need to be cooked — that may change things…
…but I never realized what is a potential novelty in visiting certain sections of a grocery store which I would otherwise skip, as I could run into some interesting items about which I could write.
For many of these canned foods, the dish is considered a delicacy in one part of the world or another. Haggis is wildly popular in Scotland. Duck fat is big in France. Silkworm pupae is sold on the streets in Korea. None of the above are considered close to normal in these parts and we would probably never seen them in cans in the US. Then again, the people who enjoy those weird foods probably frown on the canned buzzard gizzards and canned creamed possum, two foods that also make this list.
What are the most disgusting canned food in the world? Other foods on this list are just weird. Canned huitlacoche is something along the lines of hibernating excrement fungi that grows on corn. Canned birds nest drink is made from actual birds nests. Canned Russian herring is literally a can of fish mouths, complete with big, scary teeth. Whoever decided these things are edible needs to get their head examined.
According to that article, the twenty most disgusting foods in the world are as follows:
- Cheeseburger in a can, of which I wrote this article back on July 7, 2016
- Creamed possum with sweet potatoes garnished in coon fat gravy
- Fish assholes — I normally would not use that word in an article; but I really wish I were kidding when I tell you that that is the name of this product
- Pork brains — and if that was not enough, they are soaked in milk gravy
- Russian herring mouths — complete with teeth and gums; but do they come from those roly poly fish heads?
- Haggis. In a can. Need I say more?
- Silkworm pupae with BBQ flavor may as well be silkworm poop; but insects and other vermin as food have been gaining popularity in recent years in the United States
- Armadillo on the half shell — road kill, anyone?
- Lamb tongues — some people might feel sheepish about eating these; but at least the company is not trying to pull the wool over our eyes
- Smokey BBQ roasted scorpions — after all, they do look like miniature lobsters with a pointy tail
- Bird’s nest drink may be the canned beverage needed to help wash down all of the other items which are included in this list
- Buzzard gizzards marinated in cream sauce — before you react in disgust, know that this product is new and improved; and besides, many people eat turkey gizzards, which cannot be that much different from buzzard gizzards
- Reindeer paté — if the product does not turn you off, then the $30.00 price tag for a small can might
- Sandwiches in a canister whose flavors include BBQ chicken and peanut butter with either grape or strawberry jelly; but be careful not to mistake the container for a canister of Pringle’s potato crisps
- Huitlacoche — mushrooms are a form of fungus; so why not eat the fungus which grows on corn?
- All day breakfast is as close to a “Full Monty” — which is an English breakfast — as you can get in a can: baked beans with sausages, mini ‘Scotch’ eggs, mushrooms and bacon in a tasty tomato sauce
- Hot dogs — even if this product were Kosher, I would not eat it
- Duck fat — I knew many people in New York who used chicken fat for different kinds of food; but unlike that schmaltz, this jar will set you back $60.00
- Brown bread — I have heard of brown bread in a can; but why would it be gelatinous?
- Grass jelly drink — this concoction might actually sound better than the bird’s nest drink; but only marginally at best
I have tried such items as escargot in France and chicken feet at a Chinese restaurant in the United States. I have actually sampled — and even like — different types of caviar. I do not have any inclination or desire to eat any of the aforementioned products; but if you are based in a part of the world which contains some of them, you might not find them strange at all — and, in fact, you might actually defend them and talk about how tasty and delicious they are to eat…
…but as I am based in the United States, I would be remiss if I did not say that this country does have its own delicacies which other people might consider disgusting.
As one of countless examples — in this article I wrote pertaining to the continuing decline of the Kosher delicatessen — I imparted about how I introduced my girlfriend at the time to the Kosher delicatessen experience. She had never sampled a pastrami sandwich simply because she did not like rye bread or brown mustard — and probably would not like pastrami. After overcoming her trepidation, a simple taste quickly turned into a devouring of the sandwich…
…but what I did not reveal was that I told the man behind the counter at the delicatessen that she could not believe that people in New York eat tongue, as she thought that was disgusting. After asking us to wait a minute, he disappeared through a door at the rear of the delicatessen and reemerged with a devilish smile and the whole tongue of a cow — complete with its entrails hanging from the rear of it.
I was never a connoisseur for tongue in any form; and that display did not help matters at all, to say the least — but her reaction of disgust was priceless and etched in my memory forever.
I just might scan the canned food aisles at a grocery store near where I am based to see what disgusting options I can find — deviled ham may be one of them — but this article serves as a reminder that what some people may find disgusting and gross, others find comforting, delicious, and perhaps even as a gastronomic experience.
Is this list complete — or even accurate? I am certain you can add more of what you consider disgusting food products — whether canned or not — to the list; and if you can, please post them in the Comments section below.
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.