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6 Popular Food Challenges Every Man Should Try

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Have you ever had anyone bet you that you couldn’t eat a side of beef, or see who could eat the most spoons full of sugar before all their teeth fell out of their head? Okay, probably not either of those, but food challenges of all sorts have been popular for eons. Some were attempted at birthday parties, others at frat parties. Either way, they always meant loads of fun, but were often gross. Here’s a look at some of the most fun and interesting food challenges that are popular right now.

Nutter Butter Challenge

What could be easier than wolfing down some butter, and some Nutella, i.e., nutter?  They’re just congealed liquids and they’re equally yummy. Kids and adults alike eat them on everything from toast to crackers.

So, here’s the deal with the challenge. First, find an idiot. It won’t be hard. Just look for the guy who’s always saying, “Hey! Look at this!” He’s your mark. Next, round up a large jar of Nutella hazelnut-chocolate goo and a stick of butter (1/2 cup).

Don’t forget the most important part, turn on the video camera. Guys like this always want their shenanigans and crimes recorded. Tell him he’s got four minutes to polish off the jar of Nutella and chase it with the stick of butter. Here’s the fun part: He’ll lose one brain cell for every calorie consumed. The full Monty is a whopping 5,000 calories! Can’t you just feel the sludge running through his veins? On your mark, get set, go!

6 Cracker Challenge

This guy failed the cinnamon challengeThis long-standing party favorite generally involves salted soda crackers and kids who think they know better. Trust me, they don’t. Anyway, here’s the score:

Take six saltine crackers and turn your mouth into the Mohave Desert in less than 60 seconds. No water, no juice, no milk, and you can forget about your saliva, it went the way of the dinosaurs three-crackers into it.

Now, try whistling Dixie, or anything else for that matter. Ain’t no way, no how it’s gonna happen. Trust me when I tell you you’ll have better luck pushing a rope.

3 Twinkie Challenge

Here is one of the most fun food challenges going, primarily because it’s deceptively troubling. What could be easier than eating three Twinkies? Seriously, how many times have you sat down with a box of ‘em and before you know it you’re already three—or more—deep? It’s just that easy, right? Wrong.

When you’re sitting in front of the TV, noshing on these little cream-filled golden sponge cakes, you aren’t really paying much attention to the clock.

For this challenge, you have to eat three Twinkies in 60-seconds or less. Think you can do it? Chances are you can’t because they just keep expanding and expanding with each and every bite. Don’t believe me? Give it a rip, but you’ll owe me an apology!

Chugga Chugga Milk Challenge

This is one of those food, er, drink challenges that can get kinda messy, if you know what I mean. Here’s the challenge: Drink one gallon of milk in under an hour, and then keep if from coming back up for another hour.

It’s the second part that’s the hardest. See, all that liquid and milk fat has to go somewhere, particularly when your stomach acids start to curdle with all that whey and milk solid. I know, kinda gross, isn’t it? Sadly, it’s the reality of the milk challenge. Chances are, one way or another that milk, if you can even drink that much in the first place, is going to find an escape hatch. Cheers! Or perhaps bottoms up!

Raw Onion Challenge

Take this challenge and you will seriously feel like your mouth is on fire, like you’re drowning from the inside out, and your eyes are bursting out of your head. Oh, did I mention the retching as you swallow each bite, the coughing your throat out, and the feeling that you can’t quite catch your breath?

This is a challenge you present to the guy who thought the Nutter Butter challenge was fun. It really does take a special kind of guy to willingly chomp through an onion like it’s an apple.

This food challenge is best done in the great outdoors. The likelihood of projectile vomiting is high. In fact, count on it.

A Tablespoon of Cinnamon

If you thought eating six crackers made your mouth feel like it was having its own personal drought, then this food challenge might not be the one for you. Although in the spirit of full disclosure, there’s no attempt at whistling with this one.

Take one level tablespoon of cinnamon and dump it all at once into your mouth. By the way, we’re not talking about the kind mixed with sugar you put on your toast or inside your rolls. No, this is pure cinnamon and nothing else.

The minute the cinnamon hits your mouth, every last atom of saliva is absorbed. The problem, however, is that there’s far too much cinnamon by comparison, so some of it is a little pasty with the saliva while the bulk of it is just a dry powder inside a dry cavern.

Shortly, the liquid cinnamon starts to trickle down your throat, which in turn makes you cough. You start releasing brown plumes of powder from your mouth, which is still as dry as the sun and by now getting nearly as hot from the cinnamon burn.

Gag it all down without yakking it all up first, or more likely crying uncle and heading for the nearest swimming pool for a quick drink of a few hundred gallons, and you’re the winner of the cinnamon food challenge. Your prize? Nothing man. You ate a tablespoon of cinnamon knowing full well what was going to happen.

Tagg writes for He typically writes about business  and technology. When he’s not writing, he’s an avid golfer and family man. You can follow him on Twitter @CableTV.

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