21 January 2014 by

18 Food Combinations That Shouldn't Work But Do

We all have a food quirk, something we like to eat, that other people think is disgusting. And we're not just talking about pregnant ladies and their cravings. From peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches to pancakes with ketchup for example, when it comes to food, there are people out there who like the strangest pairings. 

Occasionally though these weird flavour combinations make their way into the mainstream. Who'd have thought a few years ago we'd be buying salted caramel, or chilli, marmite and beer-infused chocolate? Or actually thinking it was perfectly acceptable to drizzle balsamic vinegar on our strawberries?

So what will be the next strange pairing to tempt our palette? We've done a roundup of some that are bubbling under around the interweb below, and while we're on the subject, we'd love you tell us your weird culinary discoveries. Promise we won't laugh... >>

1.Chocolate-covered Crisps

Fab or fad? Whatever, these are Only in America.

<[a href="http://www.just-eat.co.uk/blog/chocolate-covered-crisps/" target="_blank">Just-eat.co.uk[/a]>[a href="http://www.just-eat.co.uk/blog/chocolate-covered-crisps/">[/a]

2. Dark Chocolate + Parmesan

Blogger Elle assures us her melted cheese and chocolate toastie is ‘damn good.’ So do news blog [a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/chocolate-parmesan-grilled-cheese_n_1414701.html" target="_blank">Huffington Post[/a]. [a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/chocolate-parmesan-grilled-cheese_n_1414701.html">[/a]

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3. Christmas Cake + Cheese

A tradition as old as the Pennines. According to blogger Stripey Anne it’s a ‘Yorkshire thing’.

<[a href="http://stripeyanne.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/cake-and-cheese-its-a-yorkshire-thing/" target="_blank">Stripey Anne[/a]>

4. Popcorn + Milk

We like this one. And safe to say it’s probably a lot better for us than Coco Pops.

<[a href="http://www.tammysrecipes.com/popcorn_cereal" target="_blank">Tammys Recipe[/a]s>

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5. Popcorn + Mustard

If top chef Marcus Wareing is concocting recipes from this combination it gets our vote.

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6. Banana + Mayo

Furious debates in the blogosphere whether this combination works or not. Even top US chefs are joining in the debate.  

<[a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/say-what-banana-sandwich-95926" target="_blank">Food.com[/a]>

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7. Doritos + Nutella

Big, nutty, fanbase (geddit?), and a Facebook page devoted to the cause.

8. French fries + Vanilla Ice Cream

We think we’ll take Scoopy Scoop’s word for it. And if you're the type to go heavyhanded on the vinegar  we think you shoudl give this a wide berth.

<[a href="http://www.scoopyscoop.com/2012_08_01_archive.html" target="_blank">Scoopy Scoop[/a]>

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9. Strawberry + Bacon + Egg

Can’t see this one replacing the Great British fry up. But full marks for trying Chef Dennis.

<[a href="http://www.askchefdennis.com/2012/07/strawberry-bacon-and-fried-egg-sandwich-with-with-home-skillet/" target="_blank">Ask Chef Dennis[/a]>

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10. Coffee + Salt

Apparently the Scandinavians do it, as do Turkish and Hungarians, and it reduces bitterness.

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11. Tonic + Salt

Salt has the same effect on reducing bitterness in tonic water too. Who knew?

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12. Meat + Aniseed

According to chef Heston Blumenthal aniseed and star anise ‘intensifies the flavour of meat.’

<T[a href="http://www.theperfectpantry.com/2008/07/star-anise.html" target="_blank">he Perfect Pantry[/a]>

13. Guinness + Ice Cream

This should put hairs on your chest. If that’s what you’re after.

 

<[a href="http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/guinness-float" target="_blank">Every Day With Rachel Ray[/a]>

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14. Grilled Cheese + Jam

The Grazia jury’s out on this one, but we can see it’s an acquired taste.

 

<[a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/Would-You-Eat-Jam-Your-Grilled-Cheese-Sandwich-1539261" target="_blank">Yumsugar.com[/a]>

http://www.yumsugar.com/Would-You-Eat-Jam-Your-Grilled-Cheese-Sandwich-1539261

15. Courgette + Lime

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall put these in a cake at his [a href="http://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/courgette-and-lime-cake/" target="_blank">River Cottage,[/a] and we like the look of this one too from blog Katie’s Kitchen.

<[a href="http://www.katieskitchenjournal.com/2013/07/courgette-and-lime-cake.html" target="_blank">Katie’s Kitchen[/a]>

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16. Coca-Cola + Chicken

Hot on the heels of Nigella’s Coco-Cola glazed ham, comes this hybrid.

<[a href="http://www.coca-colacompany.com/food/coca-cola-chicken-wings-or-ribs-recipe" target="_blank">Coca-Cola Company[/a]>

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17. White chocolate + Black Olives

The salt in the olives has an amazing ability to bring out the sweetness of the chocolate.

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18. Ketchup + Banana

Website Foodpairing – a website which chefs use to discover foods that go together, has found that bananas and ketchup are a scientific match made in heaven. Try this [a href="https://www.foodpairing.com/en/explore/foodpairing-recipes/43/733/792/" target="_blank">Almond Sponge Cake With Poached Bananas And Ketchup Icecream. [/a]

 

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