8 Exotic Foods We’d Try If We Had Some Hidden Valley Ranch

Tasting delicacies from different cultures can seem scary. But experimenting with new cuisines is how you lead a meaningful life! So here are some foods we’re looking forward to trying (if, of course, we had some Hidden Valley® For Everything nearby), and click here for chances to win a Team Ranch t-shirt or a $1 OFF Hidden Valley® For Everything coupon.

1. Balut

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Balut is a duck embryo that’s considered an aphrodisiac in the Philippines. It’s often served with beer, which means a bottle of Ranch certainly has a spot at the table.

2. Fried Scorpions

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With some HVR, our brains MIGHT get confused and do us the favor of mistaking these for onion rings. (But no promises, of course.)

3. Fugu

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“Fugu” is Japanese for “Pufferfish,” and a poison in it called tetrodotoxin makes it deadly. Chefs have to be extra careful to remove all the dangerous bits before serving it…but if you’re willing to risk your life on some food, at least you can count on Ranch to make it good.

4. Tongue

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Tongue can be found in tacos, burritos, stews and sandwiches all around the world. But it’s also supposed to be pretty good on its own! However, why would you eat anything “on its own” when you don’t have to?

5. Guinea Pig

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Guinea Pig is really popular in South America, and raising them for consumption is very profitable. It MIGHT be delicious, but a good soldier never walks blindly into battle (or something).

6. Haggis

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Haggis is a Scottish dish that consists of sheep’s heart, liver and lungs mixed with onions, oatmeal, salt and spices. It’s described as a “savory pudding,” but since it doesn’t really look like pudding, we might not have to treat it as such.

7. Tarantulas

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Kids in Cambodia reportedly beg their parents for fried tarantulas because they’re so delicious. We’re not quite as enthusiastic about the idea of eating the guys in this photo, but if they were covered in Ranch we’d definitely reconsider.

8. Black Pudding

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“Black Pudding” is cooked blood from sheep, pig, or cattle, which then coagulates and becomes sausage. It’s the right shape for dipping, so there’s no reason we’d have to hold back the urge.

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