Ever smelled something and thought, “No way I’m eating that,” but then it turned out to be delicious? Well, you’re not alone. We’ve rounded up 11 foods that might make you hold your nose at first but trust us, they taste way better than they smell. Let’s see why sometimes the worst smelling foods can be the most surprisingly tasty.

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Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts: infamous for their, let’s say, ‘distinctive’ smell when cooked (thank you, sulfur compounds!). But roast these little guys to perfection, and their crispy, slightly sweet taste will make you forget all about the funk. Wrap them in bacon first and they’re even more irresistible.

Hard Boiled Eggs

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Ever peeled a hard-boiled egg and got a whiff of that sulfurous, kind of eggy smell? Yeah, not great. But bite into one, especially with a dash of salt, and it’s like creamy, protein-packed heaven.


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Sauerkraut might have that in-your-face, sour and fermented smell that can clear a room. But pair it with a bratwurst or in a Reuben, and its tangy, crunchy goodness totally transforms a meal.


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Durian, the ‘king of fruits’, smells… well, let’s be real, kind of like old gym socks. But brave the aroma, and you’re rewarded with a custard-like, sweet and creamy treat that’s wildly popular in Southeast Asia.


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Ah, kimchi! This Korean superstar might knock your socks off with its bold, tangy aroma from fermentation. But get past the smell, and you’re in for a spicy, garlicky flavor adventure that’s addictively good.


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Papaya’s got this weird, musky aroma that’s a bit off-putting. But get past that, and its juicy, tropical sweetness is like a mini getaway for your taste buds. It’s great blended into smoothies to mask that funky taste too.

Beef Jerky

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Beef jerky’s strong, smoky scent can be a bit much at first sniff. But it’s the ultimate savory snack with a chewy, flavor-packed punch that’s hard to resist. Just be nice and don’t open a fresh bag on a plane unless you want your row-mate to hate you.

Blue Cheese

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Blue cheese: it’s funky, it’s moldy, and it smells like feet. But in a strange twist of fate, it’s creamy, tangy, and richly flavorful in a way that’s just magical on a cracker or in a salad. Pair it with steak on crostini – you’re in for a treat!

Fish Sauce

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Fish sauce is like the ocean’s version of a stink bomb. But this umami bomb adds a depth of flavor to dishes that’s unmatched – a little dash goes a long way in transforming a recipe. Use it in a quick stir fry like this cashew chicken skillet and you won’t be disappointed by its flavor.


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Cauliflower on its own? Meh. But roast it and it lets off a not-so-pleasant odor. The payoff? A crispy, nutty delight that’s a game-changer for your taste buds.

Hot Dogs

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Hot dogs have that unmistakable, processed meaty smell that’s a bit… intense. But let’s be honest, grilled up and loaded with toppings, they’re the star of any BBQ. Just steer clear of them boiling in a pot of water unless you want to gag.

Stop Refrigerating These 15 Foods

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Have you ever stored a tomato in the fridge, only to find it’s lost its juicy charm? You’re not alone. Many of us unknowingly shorten the lifespan and diminish the flavor of certain foods by refrigerating them. We’re shedding light on common kitchen staples that are better off outside the chilly confines of your fridge, explaining why room temperature can sometimes be the better choice for freshness and taste.

Read it here: Stop Refrigerating These 15 Foods

11 Fruits You’ve Probably Never Tried, But Should!

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Think you’ve tried it all when it comes to fruits? Think again. We’ve got a lineup of 11 exotic fruits that are about to turn your fruit game upside down. From sweet and creamy surprises to tangy, jaw-dropping flavors, these hidden gems are not your average grocery store finds but if you do stumble upon one, make sure to give it a try. Your taste buds will be in for a wild ride!

Read it here: 11 Fruits You’ve Probably Never Tried, But Should!

11 Kitchen Gadgets Worth the Space They Take Up in Your Drawer

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Ever look at your kitchen drawer and wonder if all those gadgets are really worth the space they take up? We’ve all been there. I used to have a hard and fast rule against uni-taskers in my kitchen but these kitchen tools make lie so much easier, it’s worth giving in. These gadgets are total game-changers. From zesting lemons with ease to effortlessly pitting cherries, they’re not just handy – they’re going to make you wonder how you ever cooked without them!

Read it here: 11 Kitchen Gadgets Worth the Space They Take Up in Your Drawer

Founder and Writer at Running to the Kitchen | About

Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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