Foods on Fire!

Information and a Call for Recipes

If you've read Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell, then you know my affection for the Flaming Rum Monkey, a drink invented in the course of that book. The Flaming Rum Monkey, for those who have never tried one, burns with a lovely blue flame, tastes like a Mounds bar, and packs a dangerous wallop.

The creation of the Flaming Rum Monkey inspired me to consider the possibilities of other flaming foods. For some time now, I have been contemplating having a dinner party at which all of the dishes come to the table in flames.

The dessert is easy–plum pudding is often dowsed with brandy and torched. But what about the other dishes? There's a strangely sadistic British Christmas treat that consists of raisins burning in a bowl of brandy. As a party guest, you are invited to snatch up flaming raisins and pop them into your mouth. Theoretically, the flames go out when you shut your mouth and cut of the fire's supply of oxygen. I say "theoretically" because I have not attempted this myself. My trust in science only goes so far.

Anyway, I am searching for recipes for flaming foods. If you'd like to share one, please send it to me at

If you'd like to know more about the science of fire and flaming foods, check out this article that my friend Paul Doherty and I wrote on the subject.


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