Hi all. So today I walked into a cafe needing a quick snack. On display were fresh-looking muffins which the owner told me had been baked inhouse that day. Sure... whatever... could still be a mix or something. I bought one (raspberry and white chocolate was the only choice). It was revolting. The texture was good--light, fluffy. The smell was ok too. The crust (no patty pan) was surprisingly crisp with a coarse crumb, and the first bite reminded me of some cornbreads for some reason... which is an unusual impression from a muffin. And THEN... just a bite or three into it I noticed an unpleasant, mild burning on the sides of my tongue. More blackpepper than chilli in terms of sensation. The sensation persisted for some time and became strong enough to completely blank out the flavour of the muffin. At first I thought it was just the crust, but I think the soft middle had the same effect... it was hard to tell after a while. (And yes, I ate most of it cos I was so bloody hungry.) A very weird experience. What on earth could have been responsible??