Everyone loves food, right? Most people seem to think that they know what foods go together and what foods are a complete contradiction. However, these weird food combinations are actually pretty amazing…
Let’s be honest; food is pretty amazing. There are so many different foods in this world, and these foods can be transformed into all kinds of dishes to suit any palate and any particular mood. You can eat ice cream when the weather is too warm, or you’re feeling a little sad. You can whip up a potato into fries or loaded potato skins depending on what you fancy at the time. You can even mix various foods together to create something spectacular. Most people know what combinations go together and which ones don’t, but sometimes a little experimentation goes a long way…
One of the most impressive things about the food in this world is that even the foods that seem to be complete contradictions seem to compliment each other well. Of course, people don’t realize this until they pluck up the courage to try them themselves. This can be a weird experience, but one that totally pays off in the end. After all, these weird but totally amazing food combinations are something special.
Pickles + ice cream
If you’ve ever been pregnant, there’s a slight chance that you once craved this exact combination. Pregnancy cravings are often pretty strange, but it seems as though this is actually a tried and tested food combination that many people have stuck to.
While pickles and ice cream are delicious in their own right, advocates of this flavor combination have noted that the two of them together makes a yummy dish that just can’t be beaten. Sweet and savory foods have often been paired together, but we can’t imagine that ice cream stalls will be offering pickles up as toppings anytime soon.
Strawberries + balsamic
With so many different cultures and cuisines out there, it should come as no surprise to learn that there are many people who put strange foods together on a regular basis. In this case, people from Italy have been mixing strawberries and balsamic together for centuries!
If you’ve ever had balsamic, you’ll know that it’s a fairly bitter and savory condiment. Yet, what’s so strange about this combination is that this condiment actually brings out the sweetness in the strawberries. This is perfect for those who have a sweet tooth and want to add some more sugar into their lives.
Green apple + salsa
It’s hard to imagine that there are people out there who don’t like salsa, but it’s also hard to imagine that there are people out there who dip green apple in their salsa. As if that wasn’t enough, many people actually add chunks of apple into their salsa mix!
While it might not be a tomato or an onion, it seems as though the sweet and tart flavor of the apple brings out a new side to the salsa that many fans seem to enjoy. It’s also apparently a great way to cool down some of the heat that normally resides within the spicy salsa mix.
Chicken + pickle brine
Let’s be honest; chicken is one of the most versatile foods in the world. While fried chicken is a particular favorite across the world, we can’t say that we’ve ever heard of chicken and pickle brine mixed together. However, it seems as though it’s much more common than what you would think.
Rumors suggest that Chick-Fil-A actually fries their chicken in pickle brine, and many other fast food chains have been known to use it. Apparently, the pickle brine brings out the natural flavors in other foods, without overpowering it with a pickle tang. We don’t know whether we’ll be trying this at home, though.
Bloody Mary + steak
This is a pretty normal combination, right? Although Bloody Marys may be known for their appearance at brunches across the world, many people do drink these cocktails for lunch, alongside a very delicious steak. However, we’re not talking about drinking this iconic red cocktail.
Over the years, experimental foodies have mixed the Bloody Mary recipe in with their steak antics, and they seem to have fallen in love with the results. They use the recipe to create a marinade for the meat, and then cook it in all of the tomato/hot sauce/garlic/celery goodness. We can actually kinda see this one working.
Have you ever poured a whole packet of chocolate candies into your salty popcorn at the movie theater? Well, this chocolate and chip combination works on the same principles. While it may seem pretty strange to put a chunk of chocolate on top of a potato chip, the mixture of the saltiness and the sweetness seems to be the perfect combination for some people.
It seems as though this combination has grown to have even more traction over the years, as Lay’s even released chocolate-covered potato chips back in 2013. While they weren’t overly popular, they weren’t the worst things in the world.
Blueberries + steak
Vegetarians and vegans might want to look away now. While steaks are normally quite simple in their production and their cooking methods, there’s no doubt about the fact that many people like to add certain sauces to their meat. This normally includes peppercorns or garlic, but it seems as though some people swear by the sweetness of blueberries.
We know, it’s pretty strange. According to those who have tried this weird food combination, the sweetness of the blueberries adds a little something special to the meat, without overpowering the meat flavor that everyone loves. Of course, there are others who aren’t convinced.
Miso + butternut squash
Have you ever tried miso before? This spicy paste is highly prevalent in Japanese cooking, and it seems as though many people love to add this extra kick of heat into their meals. However, it seems as though more and more people are expanding their miso palate and adding it to even more dishes.
It’s believed that miso and butternut squash is a beautiful combination and something that everyone needs to try. That’s because the miso adds a little spice to the butternut squash, while the butternut squash brings down some of the spice of the miso. It seems like a win-win for everyone involved.
Peanut butter + pickles
There are two kinds of people in this world. There are those that love pickles, and there are those that pick them out of their burgers. However, it seems as though there is now another group of people in this world. When The New York Times suggested that its readers should try peanut butter and pickles together in a sandwich, it’s fair to say that readers were divided.
There were many people who could understand the combination, while there were others who just couldn’t get behind it. Apparently, the tart flavor of the pickles brings out the sweetness and the texture of the peanut butter. We’re not sure about it ourselves.
Hot sauce + ice cream
This one kinda feels like a contradiction. After all, hot sauce is hot and spicy, while ice cream is cool and refreshing. Nevertheless, it seems as though this contradiction is actually more of a compliment than anything else. When you think about it, this kinda makes sense.
Many people turn to milk when they are dealing with the effects of hot sauce, and ice cream offers a similar relief. By mixing these two together, you can still enjoy the heat of the hot sauce without wanting to chop your tongue off in the process. Would you want to give this one a go? Why not add hot sauce to your ice cream game?
Chocolate + avocado
Okay, we can kinda see this one working. Chocolate is one of the most popular sweet treats in the world, and it seems as though everyone loves to break off chunks of the good stuff to eat as they go about their day. In recent years, avocados have also soared in popularity.
It seems as though people can’t eat their toast without slices of this green fruit on the side, but have you ever wondered what they are like together? We’re not telling you to pop chunks of chocolate on your avo-on-toast, but adding the creamy avocado to your chocolate recipes could be a game-changer. In fact, we dare you to give avocado chocolate mousse a try.
Pizza + ranch dressing
Pizza is one of those foods that you just can’t get wrong. It’s a fan favorite, and it seems as though everyone has their own favorite pizza toppings. Whether you believe that pineapple should be on pizza or not, it seems as though the internet has been divided over whether ranch dressing should really be added into the mix.
While many pizza chains offer ranch dressing on the side, there are many people across the world who outright refuse to dip their crusts in such a sauce. That’s because hardcore ranch dressing fans believe that the dressing should be used for wings, and wings alone.
Mango + chili powder
If you’re the kind of person that loves to add a bit of spice to their lives, then this one might float your boat. If not, then you’ll probably be wondering why people would ruin perfectly good mango with chili powder. Well, it seems as though there are many people and countries around the world that have been mixing these two flavor combinations together for years.
Apparently, adding mango to a spicy dish adds a certain sweet flavor that takes away from the hot and fiery nature of the meal. As if that wasn’t enough, eating mango covered in hot chili powder is supposedly better than mango on its own. We’ll take their word for it.
Cheddar cheese + apple pie
Have you ever eaten a slice of cheddar and a slice of apple together? Well, it seems as though it’s a very common combination for some people. It seems as though people have now taken this combination one step further by introducing some pastry and some more sugar into the mix.
That’s because there are people in this world who eat cheddar cheese and apple pie together – and they love it! It’s believed that this notion first reared its head in England, and has since made its way across the globe. People normally just add a slice of cheese to the top of their apple pie and then go from there. We’ll be convinced when we give it a try.
Peanut butter + mayonnaise
If you love a sandwich as much as the next guy – who really loves sandwiches – you’re probably always looking for new and exciting ways to spice up your sandwich. Well, what about a PB&M sandwich? According to those who have tried this combination, peanut butter and mayonnaise is a delicious sandwich filling that will put a smile on anyone’s face.
It’s actually a hugely popular dish in the Southern states, and it seems as though these two flavors work perfectly together. The creaminess of both fillings makes for a soft and delicious sandwich that also has the perfect mixture of sweetness and saltiness.
Banana + bacon
There are many people in this world who can take or leave bananas. While they are pretty awkward to eat in front of other people, their texture and their taste are also pretty unique. Would adding another food help you eat more bananas and actually enjoy eating them?
It seems as though more and more people are deciding to pair one of their five-a-day with one of the greatest foods of all time; bacon. It’s believed that Elvis Presley was particularly fond of this combination, and loved the taste of the sweet banana with the salty bacon. The jury is still out for us on this one, though.
Ice cream + fries
Let’s be honest; we love ice cream and fries. These two foods are pretty yummy when they are eaten on their own, but what about when they are mixed together? Well, it seems as though more and more people are choosing to dunk their fries into their ice cream, and it’s fair to say that they are enjoying it.
Those who have been converted to the ice cream and fries life have noted that the mixture of sweet and saltiness of these two foods perfectly balance each other out. It’s also been suggested that the ice-cold temperature of the ice cream works extremely well with the heat of fresh fries. We’ll probably take their word for it on this one.
Watermelon + salt
Well, this is a strange one. Watermelon is one of those fruits that doesn’t really have much of a taste. After all, it just takes like water! It’s normally eaten because it’s extremely refreshing and packed full of nutrients, but have you ever heard of mixing watermelon with salt?
Salt is often used to dry out certain foods, but it seems as though it has the opposite effect with this fruit. The salt supposedly brings out the natural sweetness in the fruit and makes it even more juicy. All you need is a small sprinkling, so don’t start pouring a whole packet of salt over it at once.
Coca-Cola + chicken
If you’ve never mixed Coca-Cola and chicken before, you might want to add a new recipe to your recipe book. While it might seem as though it’s a strange combination, there are actually many people out there who swear by this combination of food and drink.
Of course, most people drink and eat these two things alongside each other anyway, because no trip to the local fast food joint would be complete without a cold glass of Coca-Cola and some fried chicken. Going one step further and frying chicken in Coca-Cola doesn’t seem to be too much of a stretch. Would you give this one a go?
Peanut butter + beef burger
Do you love peanut butter? Do you love beef burgers? Well, what about them both together? If you’ve been to an up-and-coming burger joint in recent months, you may have even tried this combination already. That’s because more and more people are realizing that this isn’t as weird as it seems.
Many people believe that the saltiness of the peanut butter actually brings out the saltiness of the burger, and makes it even tastier. After all, there’s a high chance that you made a satay sauce for other meats in the past. This peanut butter and beef burger combination could be your next favorite burger order.
Strawberry + basil
When you think of basil, there’s a high chance that you think of pasta dishes, meat dishes, and yummy pesto sauces. But what if we told you that people were mixing strawberry and basil together? While many cocktails feature these two ingredients, it seems as though more and more people are opening their minds up to foods that contain both basil and strawberry.
It’s believed that the likes of strawberry and basil ice cream and compotes are the kind of sweet treats that you need in your life because the bitterness of the basil brings out the sweetness even more. Well, we’ll believe this one when we taste it.
Olive oil + ice cream
There’s a high chance that you eat a lot of these two foods in your life. After all, olive oil is essential in everyday cooking, and ice cream is just pretty delicious. You probably haven’t thought of putting these two together though, have you?
Well, some people believe this to be one of the nicest ice cream combinations ever. Just as you might squeeze chocolate or strawberry sauce over your ice cream, certain people drizzle olive oil over their ice cream. To add to the taste, they even sprinkle some salt flakes over the ice cream and olive oil for good measure.
Sesame + chocolate
When you think about it, this one kinda makes sense. Chocolate has been mixed with all kinds of foods in the past, including various seeds and nuts. However, we understand that this one may seem a little strange. Sesame seeds are normally found in stir fry or on top of burger buns, but many suggest that they are the perfect addition to any chocolate dessert.
If you want to try this out for yourself and come to your own conclusion, you could make your very own chocolate cookies sprinkled with sesame seeds, or chocolate truffles rolled in the seeds. We reckon this combination could be passable.
Honey + pizza
There are many people across the globe who put strange toppings on their pizzas. These toppings aren’t going to suit everyone’s tastes, but we think that most people can collectively agree that honey isn’t your average pizza topping. However, it seems as though more and more pizzerias are offering this as part of their toppings selection, as they believe that it’s the perfect addition to a cheesy pizza.
It’s supposedly great for those who don’t like to deal with too much salt on their palate. By adding this honey into the mix, you can offset the salt and create a balanced pizza that works for everyone. Apparently, that’s the case, anyway.
Sriracha + peanut butter
Peanut butter has been paired with jelly for centuries, but it seems as though the jelly of this world has some spicy competition on its hands. People who love to add spice to their dishes have found that sriracha is the perfect addition to their PB&S sandwich.
If you have tried sriracha in the past, you’ll know that, although it’s spicy, it also has a rather sweet aftertaste. This seems to add to the saltiness of the peanut butter and transforms the sandwich into something special. After all, what could be better than a sandwich that packs heat, spice, saltiness, and sweetness?
Prosciutto + melon
There are certain things in this world that seem too strange to believe. Meat and fruit together in one combination is one of them, but it seems as though prosciutto and melon is the perfect combination. This particular combination can be traced back to its Italian roots, as it’s believed that people would eat these two foods on a platter alongside various other foods.
While there’s no doubt about the fact that sweet and savory does sometimes work well together, we can’t help but wonder whether this really does taste as yummy as they say. Should meat really be wrapped around fruit?
Ketchup + ranch dressing
Okay, so these are technically condiments, but the notion stays the same. While there are many people out there who don’t use any dips for their food, there are others who are wholly devoted to certain sauces. There are those who love Tomato Ketchup, while there are others who love ranch dressing.
Yet, have you ever heard of mixing the two together? Apparently, it’s a delicacy that just can’t be missed because the sweetness of the tomatoes in the Ketchup perfectly complement the coolness of the ranch dressing. While we bet there are some people who will love this combination, there’s a high chance that there are others who aren’t exactly taken by this.
Peanut butter + bacon
You love peanut butter, right? You also love bacon, don’t you? Well, what about mixing them both together? For this weird combination, it seems as though it’s all about the texture. While the saltiness of the bacon and the peanut butter seem to match up perfectly, the difference in texture is apparently what sets it apart from the rest.
Crunchy bacon topped with smooth peanut butter is a feast for the senses and feels like a taste explosion in your mouth. It’s not the first time that bacon has been paired with someone a little strange, anyway. Whoever was the first person to mix bacon and maple syrup probably thought people would hate it!
French fries + honey
Have you ever eaten a load of fries and realized that you were actually craving something sweet? Although salty foods are enough to satisfy a craving, there often feels as though there is something missing. Some people across the world seem to believe that they have found the missing link, and are now drizzling honey on their fries.
While we can’t quite understand why people would want to add a condiment that will make their fries sticky, it seems as though it works. It is supposedly the perfect balance between sweet and salty and is the kind of food that everyone wants in their stomachs.
Watermelon + feta
If you’re a fan of Greek food, there’s a high chance that you have eaten a huge amount of feta over the years. This salty and crumbly cheese is a real crowd-pleaser, but can you imagine it paired with watermelon? Well, it seems as though many people swear by this strange combination.
In a similar way to the salt, the flavor of the feta cheese brings out the sweetness in the watermelon and makes it even more juicy. It might take you a while to get over the fact that you are eating fruit covered with cheese, but apparently, it’s worth the cringe-worthy feelings you have to endure in the run-up to this meal.