That crazy cuisine may taste great, but is it legal? Take our quiz to see if you can distinguish between legal foods and those that are banned due to safety, scarcity or just plain politics.
The Kinder Surprise is banned in the U.S. because it contains a small toy that often requires assembly and may pose a choking hazard for young children.
In fiscal year 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol seized more than 60,000 Kinder Surprise eggs from the bags and mail of candy-loving tourists.
Imports of the ackee, Jamaica's national fruit and part of the country's most popular national dish, are carefully controlled in the U.S.
In 2000, the U.S. slightly eased restrictions against ackee fruit imports.
Unripe ackee is poisonous throughout and can cause illness or even death. Once the fruit ripens, only the seeds and rinds pose a danger.
Casu marzu is a special cheese made using live maggots. And yes, the maggots are still on the cheese when it's ready to eat.
Casu marzu is a delicacy in Sardinia, a region in Italy. It's illegal in both Italy and the U.S.
Foie gras is the fatty liver of a goose or duck. It can only be made by grossly overfeeding the animal.
While some argue that foie gras production violates animal rights, it is not illegal to sell or consume. California attempted a ban in 2012, but it was overturned in 2015.
In 2011, Congress elected against extending a bill which effectively banned horse meat production and consumption.
Cooking or freezing pufferfish does nothing to neutralize the dangerous toxins in the fish. Nothing can remove these toxins other than having an expert chef properly prepare the fish prior to consumption.
While the majority of pufferfish are deadly, those caught in the mid-Atlantic are safe to consume. All Japanese imports are potentially deadly and come through a single supplier approved by the U.S. government.
The ortolan is a tiny French bird eaten whole. It's illegal to sell or consume in both the U.S. and France.
Diners traditionally cover their heads while consuming ortolan. The napkin increases salivation, captures the fragrance of the dish and provides privacy so that the diner can maintain his dignity.
The red drum, or redfish, became so popular thanks to Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme in the 1980s that it almost went extinct.
In the U.S., trumpet and mute swans are both endangered and cannot be consumed. In the U.K., all swans belong to the royal family and are banned for hunting and consumption by all nonroyals.
Traditional Scottish haggis has been banned in the U.S. since 1971. Sorry Scots.
The USDA classifies sheep lung as unfit for human consumption. Since sheep lung is traditionally used in Scottish haggis, the dish is banned in the U.S. in its classic form.
Around 3 percent of Americans consume raw, or unpasteurized, milk at least once a week, exposing themselves to potential illnesses.
The federal government prohibits shipping raw milk across state lines to sell, but rules about in-state sales and consumption are determined by the state. About half of all U.S. states ban raw milk sales.
A staggering 73 million sharks die each year due to finning, when the animal's fin is removed and the still-living shark is dumped back into the ocean to die.
In 2016, Congress introduced a bill to ban the trade of shark fins in the U.S., but for now, it's perfectly legal to consume shark fin soup.
Absinthe, which was banned since Prohibition, was legalized in the U.S. in 2007. This alcoholic concoction consists of spirits infused with herbs and botanicals.
While many once blamed the wormwood in absinthe for causing hallucinations, many scientists now believe the hallucinations come from absinthe's extremely high alcohol content.
The delicious mangosteen hails from Thailand and was banned in the U.S. until 2007 because the fruit often harbored dangerous insects.
Despite $1 billion in investment and research, both Canada and the U.K. banned olestra due to harmful side effects. While it's still legal in the U.S., it's only used in a handful of products.
The yellow Mirabelle plum grows only in Lorraine, France. Thanks to import laws, the fruit is illegal to bring into the U.S.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife agency banned beluga caviar imports to the U.S. in 2005. The ban was upheld over the next decade, even as the United Nations and other countries relaxed beluga sales and imports.
Sea turtles are endangered species and are illegal to kill, consume or import to the U.S.
While the dairy-loving state of Wisconsin has restricted margarine sales in the past, the butter substitute is perfectly legal to buy, sell and consume.