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Culinary land mines

One of the worst things that can happen while you are eating is to suddenly encounter an ingredient that you hate without any prior warning that it's about to hit your mouth. Reactions range from quiet disappointment to grimacing to straight up spitting it out. My top 3 land mines are:

1. Stealth raisins. Either they are cleverly disguising themselves as chocolate chips, or they are golden raisins hanging out in something the same color as they are. Always an unpleasant surprise. I don't hate raisins, I just want to know they are there before I bite into one.
2. Cilantro. If it's all chopped up or blended in with a chutney or pesto, it's hard to tell that you are about to get a mouthful of soapy horror instead of a pleasant herb. (I'm one of those people who thinks cilantro tastes just like a leaf made out of dish soap. Ick.)
3. Bread and butter pickles. These are the WORST! One of the saddest things to happen in your mouth is expecting a nice dill pickle and instead getting a bite of slimy, weirdly sweet cucumber abuse. One of the few foods that I will literally spit out if it accidentally winds up in my mouth.

Does anyone else have experiences like this, or am I a total weirdo?

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