You've probably heard the phrase don't yuck someone else's yum. Well, turns out, there are some totally bizarre-sounding food combinations that people absolutely swear by. And I have to admit, I was fascinated by the responses when redditor u/thecoomdaddy420 asked, "What’s a strange food combination that surprisingly works?" Here's what people had to say.
1."Strawberries and black pepper. The pepper somehow enhances the strawberry flavor without making it spicy."
2."Balsamic vinegar on ice cream is incredible, but you have to use good, thick balsamic...not that grocery store trash."
3."One combination I love is potato chips dipped into a chocolate, peanut butter, and banana smoothie. It was one of the things I craved when I was pregnant...but I really have to try it again one of these days."
4."Dill pickles with sharp cheddar cheese and chunky peanut butter. I developed this snack when my wife was pregnant (somehow, her cravings affected me as well), and it has become a mainstay in our home."
5."French fries and powdered sugar. I learned this accidentally at the beach when the wind flipped my funnel cake over into my bucket of French fries."
6."You've probably heard of dipping French fries in a milkshake, but hear me out...chicken nuggets dipped in a milkshake."
7."I make tuna salad with pretty much whatever fruit is in my fridge (and usually a combination of a few). Diced grapes, chopped apples or pears, mandarin oranges, etc. I learned this from my dad, and I used to find it repulsive, but as I've gotten older, there's something about the interplay between sweet and salty and the crunchy texture of the fruit that I love."
8."A slice of cheese (think Kraft singles) melted on top of apple pie. People look at me like I kicked a puppy when I tell them about this favorite combination of mine, but it's delicious."
9."Beef-flavored ramen noodles with some peanut butter. It sounds weird, but it gives you that delicious Thai peanut-y taste."
10."I love slicing up dill pickles in my mac and cheese. It sounds disgusting, but I love the little crunch with a bite of creamy cheese. No shame."
11."Salt and vinegar chips in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It sounds odd, but the crunch from the chips and the softness of the bread plus the sweet jam and salty chips is the best combination."
12.Sweet potato fries dipped in maple syrup, especially if the fries have been salted. *chef's kiss* It's delicious. Trust me."
13."I love snacking on carrots dipping in peanut butter. Everyone always thinks I'm weird for eating it, but it was a childhood staple of mine."
14."Milk with Coke. All of my friends made fun of me for drinking this combination when I was younger. The idea originally came from watching Laverne & Shirley (only I don't like Pepsi). Plus, my grandmother always made me Coke floats as a kid. If you like soda floats, give this one a try."
15."My dad and grandma got me hooked on putting apple sauce in my mac 'n' cheese! I know it sounds gross, but don't knock it 'til you've tried it."
16."My husband loves peanut butter, mayo, and tomato on toast. It's like his go-to 'tastes like home' sandwich. And I can admit it's surprisingly full of flavor and great texture, despite my initial reluctance to try it."
17."Bananas and pepperoncinis. I go so far as to turn this combination into a sandwich with mayonnaise."
18."Cheese curds and caramel. I assumed it was going to taste terrible, but it's really something else."
19."Cottage cheese and Tabasco hot sauce, all scooped up with Ruffles potato chips."
20."A bagel and cream cheese topped with hot Cheetos. Trust me, it's a thing."
21."Cheese and raspberry jam on toast. It's basically a poor man's Danish."
22."Potato chips dipped in vanilla pudding. I promise you it's like a true taste of heaven."
23."Curry powder in mac 'n' cheese. It goes surprisingly well together."
24."Cream cheese and green olive sandwich. My grandma made these, and grandmas always know best."
25."Cinnamon Toast Crunch in chocolate milk. This was my favorite breakfast in high school. Everyone thought I was nuts for eating it, but it's so good."
26."I dip buttered toast in tea. I really love the taste of tea once it has that buttery, greasy film on top."
27."Orange juice and milk. I know, I know, it sounds totally gross. But it actually tastes like a Creamsicle bar. I put these two ingredients together when I was a little kid, and it just stuck. I don't eat it often as an adult, but I have to admit it still tastes good."
28."A bowl of sticky rice mixed with ketchup. I've been eating this since I was little, and apparently, my obsession with ketchup has never gone away."
What's a food pairing that might sound strange or repulsive, but actually tastes delicious? Tell us in the comments.
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