This was a ‘you have got to be kidding me’ moment. But no, there in the market was a stall selling edible voice-changing balloons, in strawberry or blueberry flavour. Obviously, I was unable to resist…
The set up was fascinating – a large canister of helium sat next to a set of food warmers containing the gloop which would become the balloon. Rather like those nitro puffs you get in fancy restaurants, this particular product has to be eaten instantly, on the spot.
The gas gets pumped through a tube held under the surface of the syrup, which obligingly blows itself into a bubble that can be whipped up out of the container and transferred to a stick. There is precious little time to admire this creation, and no chance of carrying it away to enjoy later.
The girl in charge of making these held onto the stick, instructing me to take a bite then suck in all the gas inside. “Now, talk as fast as you can”, she instructed, “and don’t laugh because then it won’t work.” The trouble is, as soon as you hear yourself speaking in that ridiculously squeaky voice, you can’t help laughing, so the effects of the gas last for seconds only.
You can, if you want, eat the shrivelled and sticky remains of the balloon still clinging to the stick, but that isn’t really the point. As experiences go, this was hilarious, and I suspect that with a bit of practise you could make the squeaky voice last a lot longer. At almost S$9 a go, however, that might become expensive.