Many packaged foods taste moldy to me but not to others. I return some products but the stores are acting like I am trying to rip them off. There are several mold test kits for homes and air. Will these detect mold in packaged foods? Recently I got a moldy taste in Vitamin C gummies and dairy-free chocolate chips. These were not expired but I could not even swallow them because of the mold taste. Does packaged food look okay but taste moldy to you?

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    Have you considered that possibility that dairy free chocolate chips just don't taste as good as milk chocolate chips? Sep 23, 2020 at 18:42
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    Have you considered there might be something with your taste-buds if you're the only one that things those products taste mouldy? Perhaps this would be something to take up with a physician.
    – Mast
    Sep 23, 2020 at 18:49
  • +1 for consulting with your doctor. Dysgeusia is the term for a change in your sense of taste. I've heard of this exact complaint from friends going through hormonal changes (like pregnancy, menopause, etc), and from medications, but there are other causes, too
    – AMtwo
    Sep 23, 2020 at 22:50
  • Have you compared the ingredient list of the products that taste moldy to you? Look for shared ingredients between the products with this taste. Perhaps there's an ingredient that's derived from mold. Perhaps there's something that you associate with mold because it was prominent in a moldy food you once experienced.
    – csk
    Sep 24, 2020 at 3:41

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A household mold test is going to test for the sort of mold which causes problems for buildings. It's a very different organism than that found in food.

The main thing you need to consider is whether you know what mold tastes like. Spoiled food will taste strange in many different ways, so if you're associating what you're tasting with a moldy food you had, you might be recognizing something completely different.

It strikes me that vitamin gums and chocolate chips are both at least somewhat likely to be coated with a small amount of cornstarch to prevent sticking. You should look at the ingredient labels and see if that, or some other ingredient, is common to them. I've heard of people who dislike the taste of cornstarch.

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