Food + Wine

World's Scariest Foods

Welcome to our international culinary chamber of horrors, where succulent spiders, gleaming sheep guts, and deadly seafood await your delectation. (Cue evil laugh and lightning bolt.)

Our global tour of freaky foods is all in good fun, if not in good taste. Just as one man's trash is another man's treasure, one culture's treasured culinary delicacy (or survival staple) is another culture's "eeew"—and perhaps no food culture is more guilty of culinary shock and awe than our own. After all, the United States food industry is responsible for Cheez Wiz, Jell-O, Cool Whip, and hamburgers that paralyze people, so who are we to be grossed out by barbecued bat?

Nevertheless, some of the creepy, icky foods in our gallery of ghoulish goodies are guaranteed to make you wonder "who could possibly eat that?" Put away your lunch; take a deep breath; and click on, if you dare. And beware: Some of the photos are definitely not for the delicate of stomach.

Published October 2009

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