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Weird food combos RATED AND TRIED!

Updated: Mar 29, 2022

Art by Lauren Acevedo

There are many notorious food combinations that have been deemed the most perfect pairs. Things like peanut butter and jelly, burgers and fries, apple pie and ice cream, or spaghetti and meatballs: truly made to be together. Sometimes though, our curiosity can get the better of us, luring us to new flavors and peculiar tastes that we otherwise wouldn’t have thought to pair together. This curiosity is what makes up the world’s weirdest food combinations -- rebel duos that put society’s food norms to the test.

Art by Lauren Acevedo

As a relatively picky eater myself, exploring dangerous territories of weird food combinations has always been too big a risk. What if I didn’t like it and the nasty taste haunted me for the rest of my life? What if it was so horrid that I threw up? But over these past few weeks, I started thinking; why not? Life’s too short to hold back on trying new things, no matter the consequences.

With that, I carefully curated an extensive list of all the weirdest food combinations I could find, ranging from pickles and peanut butter, to ice cream and tuna. I tried each of these unruly combinations with as much courage as I could muster and have left this experience with a new sense of self and a ranked list of 13 weird food combinations from best to worst:

To start off headstrong…

1) Ice cream and soy sauce!

I know what you’re thinking; I’m out of my right mind, and I get where you’re coming from. I was not excited about trying this combination at first either. Soy sauce is a condiment that goes with other savory, salty things. For example, sushi and soy sauce or soy sauce in ramen, stews, or soups -- these are things that soy sauce pairs well with together. Never in my life though, have I ever seen soy sauce paired with something sweet. Sure, there are sweet soy sauce desserts, like mitarashi Dango, a Japanese delicacy consisting of traditional Japanese rice dumplings skewered on a bamboo stick and coated with a sweet soy sauce glaze. I’ve had them before and they’re really good.

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With this combination though, the sour-gross-soy sauce is not a glaze but is instead being put atop the sweet vanilla ice cream like some vulgar, vinegary intruder of the already amazing flavors. So in hesitancy, I took a spoonful of vanilla ice cream and dipped it into the cold soy sauce, thinking that this would be horrible. I was entirely wrong. The sweetness of the vanilla wasn’t in fact ruined by the soy sauce but emphasized with the salty-tangy taste. I found it to be similar in essence to how salt is often paired together with chocolate ice cream. One thing I really loved was that the two flavors didn’t overshadow one another (although this depends on how much soy sauce you add), but worked together to make something truly beautiful. Don’t knock it ‘till you try it!

2) Avocado and chocolate

This combination didn’t sound at all bad, especially because I love avocado used in savory dishes as much as I love them used in sweet dishes. Avocado is used in many desserts, one of which being the infamous sweet avocado pudding made by Kourtney Kardashian that went internet viral a few months back. Since trying it, it has become one of my favorite things for a healthy dessert. I knew how well avocado went with sweet flavors, so I knew that this one was going to be good. Just as I had suspected, the sweet chocolate complimented the avocado perfectly, especially it being dark chocolate which, in my opinion, goes way better when paired with anything as opposed to milk chocolate. I searched up how this combination is used in recipes and found that people actually make avocado ice cream with chocolate chunks -- this is definitely now on my bucket list of things I need to try in my lifetime.

3) Cheez-its and Nutella

I started out my weird food combination journey with this unruly pair, admittedly because it seemed like one of the least gross ones out of all that I had compiled. My friend had recommended this one and I knew that Cheez-its and Nutella as separate things were great, and together, didn’t sound like too bad of a combination. In trying it out for myself, I found my previous logic to be correct! The salty and sweet combo was good, and none of the flavors were too overbearing for one another to taste bad. Although, the aftertaste of the Cheez-its was a bit odd with the lingering chocolate from the Nutella, since the cheezy taste of Cheez-its usually comes at the end. Even then, I found myself surprisingly coming back for more and using it as a palate cleanser as I tried other combinations. Would I say that the two together are better than they are apart? No. But it’s definitely worth trying out of the many others listed here. Who knows, you might like it!

4) Pickles and honey