Grandpa Gene’s Salt Tooth Explained

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On Sunday's episode of Mad Men, Grandpa Gene — spoiler alert! — poured salt on his chocolate ice cream prior to eating it. Why would any person do such a thing? Please allow food scientist Harold McGee to explain: "I'm not sure that salt makes sugar taste sweeter, but it fills out the flavor of foods, sweets included ... Salt also increase the volatility of some aromatic substances in food, and it enhances our perception of some aromas, so it can make the overall flavor of a food seem more intense." Careful, though — as we learned on Sunday, salting one's ice cream will literally kill you. [Kottke via Fimoculous]