Having taken 'Health' each year from the age of 6 and having continued with Biology, Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry on the university level, I feel qualified to tell you that the human tongue can detect five basic tastes.
What? Only five? Apparently so.
I can still recite them, having memorized them over and over:
I also remember that some books had diagrams that showed that the tongue tasted each of these in various regions. Turns out the idea that putting a Sour Patch Kid
on the left side of your tongue will taste the same as the right. So much for tongue maps.Site with ton of information on the tongue/taste from Cardiff University
While foods that taste bitter or sour are good as part of a meal, they don't make the greatest snacks. A mouthful of coffee beans isn't the afternoon pick-me-up of the masses.* No many people reach for a bowl full of sauerkraut while watching a movie.
With some exceptions, the snacks we turn to are sweet or salty.**
Personally, I prefer salt. Give me a bag of pretzels or some cheese and crackers anyday. Keep the candy, biscuits, or chocolate for ybunny
I have found that combining the two are a good taste treat.
When I was in grade school in suburban Atlanta***, one of the oh-so-rebellious things we did during the school day was to walk the 200 or so yards down to the McDonald's on the corner of Cobb Parkway. At the time, I think it was about 79¢ for a milkshake and 99¢ for the largest portion of french fries they had.****
It took a lot of planning to get down there and back before we were discovered. Unfortunately, in the brilliance of 12 year olds everywhere, we figured out how to go, but usually discovered that we had forgot to organize money.
So began the scrounge through backpack nooks and crannies, trouser pockets, purses and occasionally bumming a nickel off a stranger.
So, five girls...usually one milkshake and one portion of fries.
Since another part of being a 12 year old is the inability to use a straw after anyone else, we'd eat the shake with spoons and share the fries.
No food was as good as those illicit trips to McDonald's.
On one outing, my friend Heather dipped one of her french fries into the shake and dared one of us to eat it. Most of us were revolted by the idea, but eventually someone ate it and declared it good. A trend was born. There after, no one could eat fries without dipping them in chocolate shake.
I actually abhore fast-food shakes now,***** but the enjoyment of the occasional salty and sweet combination is still with me.
My favorite combination snack is chocolate covered pretzels. I admit, it's actually a salt delivery system in the end. :)Which would you rather have...salty or sweet or both?
* Though, if anyone would do that, I'd put my money on jarel.
** For the most part, salty snacks are also savory, so I'll lump them together for the sake of brevity.
*** Marietta, north and slightly west of the city, to be precise.
**** Taco Bell also sold burritos for 39¢. Ah, inflation.
***** Though, yes, I still end up with one from time to time.