If you're a Nutella fan, you may have been outraged this week by news that Ferrero, the company's owners, have "tweaked" the famous chocolate-hazelnut spread's recipe (which is so popular in Italy that it's practically a religion) to involve more fat, more sugar, and fewer hazelnuts. Nutella purists around the world are up in arms, though it's unclear if the nutritional value or the taste of the product has had any real changes. But it's hardly the first famous food to go through some big changes in its journey through culinary history.
Many of the shifts in food are due to evolutions in taste and production. We no longer do as medieval eaters did and mix savory and sweet elements all the time, for instance, and we have the ability to make jell-o out of a box rather than by boiling pig feet for hours. But some recipes have been so appealing to our tastebuds that they've stuck around in some form for centuries or longer, even if virtually everything else about them has changed. Taste is a historic subject like everything else, and just because you can't see the food of the past in a museum (unless it's been very, very, very well preserved) doesn't mean it stops being relevant. Here are seven modern foods that have had exceptionally strange, or even gruesome pasts.