Do you remember the TV show Fear Factor with Joe Rogan? Well, you can bring back the cinematic fun to your next party with a Fear Factor Food Challenge. And here’s 100 different and disgusting food ideas for you to choose from.
Our family began the food challenge tradition during our annual family reunion. All 18 of the kids–from toddler to teenager–love it. It was fun for younger kids and older kids. Everyone was a good sport. There’s just something about watching kids eat food that they don’t like that brings a smile to your face. This game also works for a birthday party or Halloween party. Check it out!
How to play the Food Challenge
Gather at least 10 different foods that will be used for 10 rounds. You can do more or less rounds. It’s up to you. Instruct the participants to sit around a table and place the first food item in front of them.
Announce to the group the item that they are about to eat. To make it extra fun, you can give each item disgusting names instead of the real names. Here’s some examples:
- Stuffed olives = snake eyes
- Baby food = vomit
- Anchovies = fish bait
- Seaweed = sea monster skin
- Dog food = puppy bites
Serve the items in small cups, disposable snack cups or muffin liners. Instruct everyone to give the cups back at the end of each round so you can wash them out and re-use them. You’ll probably want someone dishing up the items to the side so each round flows without a break.
As a rule, we told everyone that they can’t wash the food down with ice water. They have to wait to drink until after they have completely eaten each item. They also have to eat all of each item, not just part.
Start with the first player and go around the room. If someone in the group refuses to eat the food or throws it up, they are out for the rest of the game. The remaining participants at the end of all 10 rounds are the winners. I provided some boxes of candy as a prize.
Pick your poison: 100 food ideas
Alright, now let’s get down to the nitty gritty. I compiled a list of 100 different food ideas that you can choose from. If you have kids playing, you might want to go a little easier on them. But teens and tweens can handle it just as much as the adults can.
You can find tons of gross food at your local Asian store or grocery store such as red worms, cow tongue and rotten egg. That’s where half of this food came from. You can also find a bunch of gross stuff on Amazon. Here’s a handful of your favorite food ideas:
But here are 100 food ideas to get the ideas flowing (printable below):
A lot of the kids in our group were able to stay in until about round five. But they were out when we served them pickled eggplant. My nephew tried super hard, but in the end he couldn’t hack it and threw up in the garbage can. You can adjust your game and make it a preschool toddler activity by giving them easier foods such as gummy worms, gummy eyeballs, whip cream, cocoa puffs, lemon juice, cold spaghetti or tomato sauce.
In the end, my niece was the brave soul who won the entire disgusting food challenge, beating her sister in the process. She ate half of a freshly fried grasshopper plucked right out of the backyard moments before. Although there wasn’t a winning team, there was one lucky winner. Of all the grosses food challenges out there, this was definitely the most fun to watch.
The players were all good contestants. This game is perfect for birthday parties, family reunions, Halloween parties or just an outdoor game with your friends and family. Here’s some other fun party ideas:
- 10 Fear Factor Party Game Ideas
- 30 Easy Minute-to-Win-It Games for teens
- Kids party games (for the classroom too!)
Next time, we’ll choose even more disgusting food. What food ideas do you have for your next food challenge? Leave your comments below.
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