10 Unfortunate Food Names
Why wouldn't you want to eat something called Spotted Dick?
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2010 12:22 PM CDT
Strozzapreti, which translates to "priest stranglers."   (?Monica Arellano-Ongpin)

(Newser) – Food: It seems relatively inoffensive, but it has a history of names that are racist, shocking, or just plain gross. Salon recalls the 10 worst names in food history:

  • Spotted Dick: An English pudding filled with currants (hence the “spotted”). Why “dick”? Wikipedia notes it may be some sort of contraction for the word “pudding” or “dough.” Still.
  • Welsh Rarebit: Cheese, beer, and bread: What’s not to like? Just the name, which was meant to imply this was the poor Welsh man’s substitute for rabbit, already a poor man’s meat.

  • Chicken Poo House: Yes, that is the literal translation for Korean dish daak ddong jib. Sometimes also translated as the equally yummy-sounding “chicken anus.” What it actually is: chicken gizzards.
  • Nun’s Farts: One theory for how the French came up with this name: One nun farted in a kitchen; another laughed and dropped her cream-puff dough into hot oil. Sounds tasty, but can you imagine ordering this at a restaurant?
  • Priest Stranglers: The literal translation of strozzapreti, sometimes even called strangolapreti, a gnocchi-type pasta said to have once, yes, choked a gluttonous priest.
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Apr 30, 2010 2:41 PM CDT
In Germany we have a foam-filled treat that used to be called Mohrenkopf or Negerkuss depending on where you lived. Mohren are dark skinned people in general, similar to the term colored and Kopf is head. They essentially meant Coloreds Heads. Negerkuss literally means Negro Kiss. Now they are called either Schaumkuss or Schokokuss Schaum being foam and Schoko being Choco. Much more PC but still delicious.
Apr 29, 2010 10:28 PM CDT
And here I thought priest stranglers was just a sexual position!
Apr 29, 2010 8:54 PM CDT
What about what they used to call Brazil nuts?