Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Trying Something New: Pork Skins

The other day a friend offered me a taste of the snack that he had just purchased from a vending machine. The snack? Pork skins.

For those of you who don't know (I certainly didn't at the time), pork skins, or pork rinds, are fried or roasted bits of pig skin. The particular brand of pork skins that I was being offered were tossed in spicy seasonings and looked surprisingly non-disgusting.

As I am a big fan of trying new things, and an even bigger fan of all things spicy, I accepted my friend's offer and popped one of the fluffy, curled morsels in my mouth.

Initially, the flavor and texture of the pork skin was pretty good. The consistency was light and puffy like a Cheeto. As I went to swallow the snack, though, something terrible happened:

The saliva in my mouth seemed to rehydrate the thing. The airy, crunchy treat turned into a slimy wad of goo that stuck to the back of my throat. Suddenly, I became convinced that there was a fresh chunk of oozing pig skin swinging lazily beneath my uvula.

I was repulsed. I'm still recovering.


What pork skins look like in your hand:

What pork skins feel like at the back of your throat:


Joel said...

OMG! The first year I started eating them I had to always have a drink to quiet the silent screams of pigs dripping down the back of my throat. I have now silenced those screams as I can eat many bags of these skins of pork with no liquid to guide them.

Kathleen McD said...

ahahaahha. yes. it's that recognition of this is an animal, and what part was that exactly, that caused me to go veg! nice illustrations!!!!

Andrea said...

Literally laughing out loud!

Leslie said...

i think that's the funniest thing I've ever read. ever.


Lola Cutter Hensel said...

I'm really happy that I've been able to pass along the gross :)

Ahlam said...

Mmmmm pork. Nothing better than Clogging my arteries while purchasing a one way ticket to hell. Miss you

Stupid Thought of the Day said...

hahaha! Awesome depiction.

gcourage said...

God Lola, that illustration of the pork skin in the hand and in the throat just killed me. It not only made me laugh out loud, but made me giggle repeatedly every time i thought about it. Well done!
By the way how is Austin? Have you been to see the bat swarms under the bridge yet?