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World’s Worst Popsicle


If spaghetti-flavored ice on a stick isn’t the world’s worst idea for a snack, I don’t know what is. But, in an act of supreme self-sacrifice, I tried it, so you don’t have to!

Supposedly, the “Napolitan Rich” Gari-Gari contains pockets of tomato jelly, but I was unable to detect them in the short time the instantly-regretted bite spent in my mouth. Because the human brain has an unfortunately fast response time when it comes to taste, I can report that it delivered all the saltiness and spaghetti-like qualities of leftovers that have been languishing in a tupperware behind the ice cube tray for a month, mixed with unexpected (and definitely unwelcome) sugary sweetness.

Unless you have taste buds of steel, don’t try this at home. +_+

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

11 thoughts on “World’s Worst Popsicle Leave a comment

  1. Just hearing the name garigarikun makes me teeth chatter… I can’t imagine even looking at one of those. This blog post should come with a warning…! (^-^;)

  2. Sometimes you freeze leftover spaghetti to save for a rainy day, and then sometimes you decide “you know what? I don’t need to heat this up to enjoy it.”

    Except that never happens.

    • Yeah, why is it that cold lasagna and cold pizza are OK for breakfast (DON’T JUDGE), but cold spaghetti is so off-putting? That’s even assuming it’s GOOD spaghetti, like the kind you actually ate for dinner, not some horrid factory replica laced with sugar and frozen on a stick…

  3. Thank you, Jonelle, for playing guinea pig. I put my total trust in you and will stick with ice cream flavors that do not inspire the gag reflex.

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