On the Cob or Off: How Do You Like to Eat Corn?

On the Cob or Off: How Do You Like to Eat Corn?

Emma Christensen
Aug 3, 2010

Corn on the cob is a summer eating ritual, and stripping off the kernels to eat with a spoon or fork is nearly sacrilege. Right? Well, there are untold silent numbers who actually prefer their corn off the cob, though maybe not for the reasons you'd think.

I am definitely among those who prefers corn to be off the cob. I don't mind getting butter on my cheeks or even burning my fingertips when I can't find the corn skewers. It's getting the corn stuck between my teeth. Even as a kid, I hated that feeling. It was a revelation to me when I realized I could actually cut my corn off the cob - as long as I could withstand the taunts from my dining companions.

Do you embrace the inherent mess of corn on the cob, or do you also prefer to cut it off? What are your reasons?

Related: How to Tell Someone There's Food In Their Teeth

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