I do. And not because it isn’t tasty.
Many years ago, during a hot summer day, my siblings and I decided to make popsicles. Truth be told I don’t actually remember exactly what happened during the popsicle making process, other than we had popsicle molds and flavorings (extracts and juice). I also know that my older brother made my popsicle for me. Not sure why I would let him do that, probably because I thought he was cool. Thus he could make delicious popsicles, my reasoning at that age was not exactly spectacular. Or he bullied me into it because he was actually going to poison me (little did I know then).
Anyway, so my brother made me a nice lemon popsicle. I like lemon. I like lemon sugar dots. I like lemon meringue pie. I like lemon Jolly Ranchers. And my lemon popsicle was great and tasty.
But, later that night, I woke up with a gut-wrenching stomach ache and ended up sick all over the place (nice visual, eh?) The conclusion was that my brother put too much lemon extract in my popsicle (see, poisoned!) I can’t remember how much he put in, but apparently it was over the limit.
And to this day I still shudder from time to time when I catch a whiff of lemon, usually artificial lemon flavoring and smells. I’ve pretty much gotten over it, but I’m still hesitant to use lemon extract. I do have a bottle, I think it was part of a wedding present from my husband’s grandmother. I think I used some in poppy seed bread once, so I’ve eased myself back into it over the years.
But I don’t let anyone make me popsicles anymore.
Have any foods you won’t touch anymore due to similar circumstances? Hopefully not your brother poisoning you via popsicle.
*Disclaimer: I’m not 100% this is how the story happened; for example, it may have been lemon juice. They both have the same effect on me. But it’s how I’ve remembered it for years on end. So it must be true.