As the newly elected vice-president of the Purple Foods Association, I was eager to try these Mic’s Taiwan Flavor Taro Cakes. The picture on the box made it look like the this was going to be the most perfectly purple pastry I had ever eaten. Not only that, but it was going to be the first time I had ever tasted Taiwan itself. I’d eaten Shownice Boiled Salted Duck Eggs, which were packed in “Taiwan of origin”, but I’d never actually experienced the true flavor or Taiwan.
Inside the box were six individually wrapped taro cakes, each contained within an intensely purple pouch that was adorned with pineapples, oranges, and other non-taro fruits. The exterior of the cakes looked exactly as shown on the box, but the interior proved to be rather disappointing. Far from being the spongy purple mass shown on the box, it was a sticky tan filling that was reminiscent of a Fig Newton. The taro cake (and by extension, Taiwan) tasted reasonably good, but wasn’t purple at all. I’m going to have a very hard time explaining this at the next meeting of the Purple Foods Association.