If you've been overpaying for truffle fries and truffle grilled cheese you've been duped. While it tastes delicious, truffle oil is really made from the chemical compound 2,4-dithiapentane, and not its chicer cousin. Of course, if you were a real foodie you would have already known this by reading the wiki page. I guess this is the synthetic leather issue all over again: do we glorify it as vegan leather or call it what it is: fake.
Perhaps it's time to relegate truffle oil to the world of the nebulous synthetic: fake nails, bad hair extensions, spray tans, vegan cheese, pleather, your step-mom's boobs, all of Miami, emotions in LA, vitamins...
In the end though, does it really matter? I mean, we already knew it was classier to serve your guests straight up truffles but for a late night indulgence, truffle fries are still queen. But then again, would you drink perfume?
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