Miracle Fruit: Throwing A Party To Remember

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A while back, I started throwing parties that many people claimed were the best they’d ever been to. In fact, one of the guys who said this makes his living producing and promoting parties for tens of thousands of people, some of which have become quite infamous.

So in this post I’ll explain how to execute one of my favorite unique dinner party ideas. For those of you doing the Rules of the Game missions, this is a great party to hold for your Day 30 Mission.

These evenings involve one unique ingredient. Something that some of you may have heard of because it’s been written about for a few years now: MIRACLE FRUIT.

First, a little background for those who haven’t tried it: Miracle Fruit is a horrible name that smacks of cheap marketing. However, it is an actual fruit: a red, thumbnail-sized berry that grows on the shrub-like plant Synsepalum dulcificum.

The Miracle Fruit phenomena has been around for a few years, so if you haven’t tried it yet, here’s how it works:

Chew a Miracle Fruit berry and, before swallowing, rub it around your tongue and taste buds for a minute or two. After eating you’ll find that many types of sour and bitter foods and beverages taste astonishingly sweet. This effect can last anywhere from ten minutes to two hours, depending on your genetics.

It’s like acid for your sense of taste. It’s also great for dieters with a sweet tooth, because afterward, a tomato explodes in your mouth like a candy filled with sweet liquid and a spoonful of yogurt tastes more like tiramisu.

Miracle Fruit comes in two forms: as a berry, which must be immediately frozen and only lasts 30 days, or as a tablet, which can last over a year. However, I recommend the frozen berries, because the sweetness actually tastes more fresh & crisp and your guests will find it cooler.

I use MiracleFruitman.com,, the site that originally spread the whole trend, to order my berries. The site has since changed and become much more professional and capitalistic, selling things like Miracle Fruit gum and Miracle Fruit lollipops. But it is still the most reputable grower and dealer out there.

Okay, here’s where the party part comes in:

Invite your friends (and for those of you in The Game, any women you’ve met) to a very special dinner party.

Have the guests sit in a large circle. Explain what Miracle Fruit is, tell them how to “eat” it for maximum effect (rolling it around the taste buds for a minute), then pass around the thawed berries in a bowl. You may have to reassure a paranoid friend or two that they won’t “trip” and it’s not a drug.

Then you’re going to serve a THIRTEEN-COURSE “MEAL.”

It isn’t expensive to buy any of these ingredients (except maybe the beer). You’ll also need lots of plastic spoons and small paper cups. It all takes less than an hour to pre-prepare.

It’s good to have a friend or a date help you during the party, so that while one person is serving a course, someone is in the kitchen preparing the next.

A lot of sites online recommend different foods and combinations, and I’ve experimented with many of them and found these foods–served in this order–get the most oohs and aahs from guests.

Pass around each course one at a time. Allow everyone to experience each food item before serving the next one.

COURSE ONE: Sour Cream

Serving size: One small spoonful per guest.

Yes, sour cream. Prepare by putting the sour cream container on a silver platter, surrounded by plastic spoons. Though you may be tempted to be “classy” and dispense with the container and put the sour cream on the spoons, don’t do this. It’s important that everyone sees that what they’re tasting is REALLY sour cream. Otherwise, they’re going to think it’s vanilla yogurt. Yes, it’s amazing.

COURSE TWO: Guinness Beer

Serving size: One bottle.

Directions: Urge everyone to just have a sip or two of the beer for now, so that they don’t wash away the Miracle Fruit coating their taste buds. And make sure that even those guests who don’t like stout beer give this a try: If they’ve done the Miracle Fruit properly, it’ll taste like a chocolate milkshake.

COURSE THREE: Fresh lemon

Serving size: One slice.

Directions: This one’s always a hit. Hand around a platter of lemon slices. They shouldn’t be thin wussy slices, but relatively thick slices. Everyone should eat it as if it’s an orange slice. This is the moment when anyone who isn’t amazed by the Miracle Fruit becomes a convert, because you literally can eat a lemon like it’s an orange.

COURSE FOUR: Goat cheese

Serving size: Small spoonful.

Directions: Platter with a log or block of goat cheese, surrounded by plastic spoons. A sort of palate cleanser of “sweet” cheese.

COURSE FIVE: Cherry tomatoes

Serving size: One tomato.

Directions: A bowl of cherry tomatoes, served with toothpicks for everyone to stick in one and eat. I don’t even like tomatoes, and couldn’t stop eating these. They literally explode with sweetness as soon as you bite into them.

COURSE SIX: Tequila

Serving Size: One shot.

Directions: Give everyone a shot of cheap tequila and a lemon slice. They should down the shot, then suck on the lemon.

INTERMISSION: Fruit check

Make sure everyone’s Miracle Fruit is still working. If not, top them off with another fruit. Or, what I usually do, is give them a miracle fruit pill as their second course. There’s always someone at every party who keeps wanting another pill every few minutes. This is also usually the kind of person who has an arrest or rehab in their future (or past).

COURSE SEVEN: Pineapple with Tabasco Sauce

Serving Size: One slice.

Directions: It’s easiest to just buy pre-sliced pineapple, but feel free to get the whole fruit if you want. Spread the cubes or slices of pineapple on a tray, then drizzle a little Tabasco sauce on each and stick in a toothpick. These fall under the category of things you wouldn’t normally eat unless you were on Miracle Fruit (or in Mexico).

COURSE EIGHT: Unsweetened yogurt

Serving size: Small spoonful.

Directions: Serve just like the sour cream, with the carton on a platter surrounded by plastic spoons. Let them know it’s unsweetened yogurt.

COURSE NINE: Balsamic vinegar

Serving Size: One shot.

Directions: This is the main attraction of the night. You are going to get your guests to drink balsamic vinegar. Should be sipped like fine wine.

COURSE TEN: Corona beer

Serving size: One bottle.

Directions: Cut a lemon or two into slices. Squeeze one in each person’s cold bottle of Corona, then drop the slice into the bottle. Ridiculously refreshing.

COURSE ELEVEN: Grapefruit

Serving size: One slice.

Directions: Either buy a grapefruit and scoop out the slices yourself, or just buy it pre-sliced and pre-packaged. Serve in a bowl with toothpicks for everyone to grab their slice. It’ll taste like it’s already drenched in sugar.

COURSE TWELVE: Lime juice

Serving size: One shot.

Directions: Purchase a container of lime juice, usually sold to mix in with alcoholic beverages. Serve everyone a shot to sip. Hopefully no one’s Miracle Fruit has worn off.

COURSE THIRTEEN: Fruit platter

Serving size: Varies.

Directions: Arrange watermelon slices, strawberries, orange slices, and other fruits on a platter, with sour cream in the middle as surrogate whipped cream for the strawberries. Place in the center of the table for everyone who still wants more flavor-tripping to experience. The rest of the alcohol may be consumed now.

 

If you or your friends haven’t done this yet, I highly recommend it. It truly fits the Game dictum of BEING the party, rather than trying to glom onto someone else’s fun.

Enjoy, and let me know how your flavor tripping night goes!

72 Comments on “Miracle Fruit: Throwing A Party To Remember”

  1. Damn. That sounds really good. Next time I host a party at my place, I am definitely going to give this a shot. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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      1. Side effects include dragging by the hair, kneeing in the stomach, punching in the face and popping noses. At least that was my experience.

        No really, though. That was a blast. The pineapple with Tabasco sauce was wild. Everyone should try it.

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  2. Thanks for the Re-Tweet Neil regarding this subject, made my day!
    Cant believe so far you and I the only ones who thought of that!! Great minds think alike, even if it only work with food and drink… @milkcarton18

  3. I’ve been wanting to try the whole “miracle fruit” thing for a bit now. Thanks for giving me a new reason to do so!

  4. WOW NEIL YOU ARE THE MAN. This sounds fantastic and maybe this will be my next party.. Awesome.

  5. I’d like to make some super smart and in-depth comment here, but I simply can’t. This just sounds amazing and great and awesome and all those other positive adjectives. I definitely hope I can get these someplace here where I’m from! I’m already looking forward to flavor trippin’… and later on watching my friends flavor trip! It’s actually a really inspiring post to be creative in these kinda get-togethers. Way to go!

  6. Did this years ago (not exactly the same ingredients) don’t forget to try fresh lime fruit and some artificial sweetener tablet like canderel. A (tiny) sip of cider is also encouraged. Rhubarb and grapes are nice too. Try the water melon, and by all means have some orange juice.

  7. Oh wow great minds think alike. I saw an article about these AGES ago but I couldn’t find anywhere to order seeds or the actual berries. Thanks a ton Style!

  8. I would also like to recount the tale of the miracle fruit; it was grown in a garden somewhere in the south of africa and the land owners used to have any visitors walk around the gardens and first have a taste of the miracle fruit berry, passing it off as nothing special, just something they happened to be growing for medicinal purposes or whatever. They would then walk their guests further into the gardens and have them taste the never-before-so-tasty oranges, lemons, berrys and what not. No mention of the berry whatsoever. The guests would the finish the tour in awe of fruit well-tasting beyond comparison and speak of the fruit from this garden for years to come.

  9. Sounds awesome will have to see if there are any Australian sellers otherwise may just have to settle for the capsules because sounds like a must try.

    Cheers Neil

  10. Where do we get these special berries? Have I been unknowingly been passing by them in the grocery store all these years?

  11. I’ve actually done this, though not nearly to the extensive degree described here.

    The reaction of my guests was, to put it mildly, shock and awe. I endorse this idea 100%.

  12. This is great! I can’t wait to try it! Oh, wait a minute… I can’t.
    Cause in Bulgaria there is no place (online or offline) where you can buy the Miracle Fruit. There was a place that sold the Miracle Fruit bush/tree for about 35 euros but don’t do it now. It’s out of stock…

    Damn!

  13. Awesome idea I must say. Might be until later due to work scheduling, but will definitely share the experience to others.

  14. This is great, Neil! I’m very excited to try this out, I’ve already got the planning in motion to host one of these in a couple weeks. I’ll make sure I report back on how it goes.

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    1. Hahaha Was thinking the same thing exactly!

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  15. I’m excited to try this! Might have to do this at my sister’s graduation party this weekend! Does anyone know if the miracle fruit is safe for pregnant women since my sister is newly pregnant and I don’t want her to miss out on the experience?

  16. Neil,
    Long time fan, love your books. Tried Miracle Fruit for a college class and had the same idea of a dinner party with it. Great minds think sometimes think similarly I guess we can say. Any time-frame for your next book?
    -Scott

  17. I actually have an open house in a couple of weeks.. i’ll definitely try and get some ladies over to try this out.. looks like this could be a night full of many laughs and who knows what else.

  18. Neil, thanks for promoting this. While really cool, it’s also a potentially great discovery for our health. I attended a dinner with Chef Ian Kleinman here in Denver and he is the executive chef for the Miracle Fruit Man. He talked extensively about how they are using the fruit to help with diabetes and create a yogurt for children in public schools that contains all their daily nutrition needs.

    So there’s a little something to talk about while you feast and if you can, everyone should buy directly from the Miracle Fruit Man to support more developments!

  19. Would pills work just as well as the fruit? I can’t get the fruit where I live but I can order the pill. Yeah?

  20. Man that’s why I like you–you always have some cool, fun and interesting things ideas. Bravo!

  21. Wow, this article definitely blew my mind. I think my most memorable birthday party is coming soon 😉

  22. SWEET! ?

  23. Incredible. I lived on Balboa Island for 15 years. The first 9 I lived next door to one of those very old original beach houses set way at the back of the lot leaving a deep sandy front yard. It was covered with ice plant ground cover and in the center was a plant with a red-orange berry-looking fruit that no one could ever identify. People who visited constantly asked what kind of fruit it was. We wanted to taste it, but we wanted more not to have our stomachs pumped. Ten years later through Facebook I end up on Neil Strauss’ farthest-thing-from-nutrition website and find out we could have eaten the damn things for FREE and enjoyed the experience. Totally crazy!

  24. Neil, I am going to try this!I am deployed in Afghanistan but I am close to finishing up here. I have been trying to think of a bad ass party event to get the night started and here it is! I will have to let you know how it goes! thanks for the info!!!

  25. I had heard of miracle fruit before but never tried it. This menu though is just the thing I needed. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  26. Giving it the go tomorrow in celebration for my birthday. I had my first test fruit last night at home. We had some pickles laying around so I tested it with those first. They tasted more like sweet pickles, but still had the taste.

    However, for the second test, I started eating slices of lemon. Couldn’t taste any sour and was literally just biting into and chewing it up, soaking in the amazingly sweet flavor.
    So good!

  27. Just had the party tonight, effing amazing!! The OJ, the Lemon, and the cherry tomatoes were the main attractions. Also, it’s weird because you experience most of the “new” sensations in the front of your pallet… a must try!!!

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  29. Wow. Sounds like a good idea to rub a miracle berry on my taste buds before drinking ayahuasca.

  30. Style, my uncle does about 4,000,000 USD in produce sales per year to grocery stores (mostly oranges, strawberries and avocados). I just told him about this stuff after experiencing the berries and planning a party as you describe. He doesn’t believe me yet I can tell, but I’m going to have some fucking shipped to his house. There’s a big opportunity for this stuff in mainstream consumption I think.

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