These limited chips take on three flavors of foods that are banned — Horse Meat (banned in 1847), Fugu Poison Blowfish, and the maggot-filled Casu Marzu Cheese. The fugu flavor has been created alongside Chef Josh Scherer of Mythical Kitchen along with food scientists.
“I’ve always wanted to know what pufferfish (fugu) tastes like, but, on account of the fact that it can kill you, it’s mostly illegal in the US.,” wrote Josh Scherer on a recent Instagram post debuting a line of ‘Illegal Chips‘ that feature highly exotic flavors.
Casu Marzu — sometimes called ‘maggot cheese’ — is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese that contains live insect larvae, and horse meat, rounding up the trio of available flavors for Illegal Chips.
The distinction between food animals and non-food animals is a social construction. The same, of course, can be said of law in general. In a Hobbesian state of nature, humans live in constant conflict, eating whatever they feel like.
Prohibitions create desire. The grass is always greener on the other side, and forbidden fruit tastes sweetest. Illegal Chips compiles the flavors the government doesn’t want you to try. And, buddy, do they ever taste good?
Technological advances free us from the mundane concerns of the past. Artificial flavoring is the future, our path to disengaging food production from the deleterious environmental effects of industrial agriculture and the sheer inefficiency of living animals. Forget fully-automated luxury communism, our advances in food science will lead us to the promised future: fully-synthetic luxury omnivorism!
Science is blinded by nostalgia for the past and the false idol of the familiar. Why simulate when you can make new? What a waste to devote millions in R&D funding to the pursuit of artificial cows or chickens when all the animals of the earth stand arrayed before us for inspiration. Better late than never–it’s time to move from food realism to food modernism!
Born too late to explore the earth. Born too early to explore the cosmos. Born just in time to eat horse chips.
Horse Meat Beef: A red meat flavor in the style of steak or tartare that is slightly on the sweeter side. Notes of onion, mushrooms, thyme, mustard, horseradish, primed for a complimentary red wine pairing.
Blowfish Fugu White-fish Sashimi: A subtle seafood, umami flavor reminiscent of whitefish sashimi. Evokes ponzu, soy sauce, and mirin.
Casu Marzu Cheese: A blue/gorgonzola cheese, aged brie, and white cheddar. A distinctly sharp cheese flavor, but with lighter cheddar notes to round out the overall profile.