We all have our favorite food obsessions – but most of them probably fall along the more traditional – peanut butter and chocolate, french fries and ketchup, etc. Some, however, come off as a little more…weird. But don’t be fooled – if you actually try them, you might be VERY pleasantly surprised. Don’t believe us? Here are 10 of the weirdest food pairings we could find that actually go really well together.
1. Avocado and Chocolate
Flickr users cyclonebill, russellstreet
Just think about it. Avocado and chocolate are both rich and creamy, and the slight saltiness of the avocado pairs just right with the sweetness of the chocolate. Try it if you don’t believe it.
2. Bacon and Peanut Butter
Flickr user JeffOnWire
Creamy and crunchy, salt and sweet. Even if you’ve never thought of it before, it sounds kinda good now, right?
3. Pickle Juice and Bourbon
Flickr user sthane
Hear us out! This cocktail, called a pickleback, is actually really common. The saltiness of the pickle juice goes really well with the smokiness of the bourbon. It might just be your new usual.
4. Pineapple and Blue Cheese
Flickr user Sami Niemelä
A classic sweet and salty combo that seems weird, but not when you think about it. The intense sweetness of the tropical fruit is cut by the strong salt of the cheese, so they balance each other out quite well.
5. Coffee and Orange
Flickr users Miss Ichijouji, Risager
Nuh-uh, you might say. Coffee and OJ go in DIFFERENT cups. Well next time, try them together. The hint of citrus actually compliments the bitterness of the coffee.
6. French Fries and Nutella
Flickr users pittaya, Denis P. Almeida
Nutella is delicious all the time, but you might not expect it to go well with greasy, salty fries, right? IT DOES.
7. Fruit with Chili Powder
Flickr user alex.lines
Before you think that the heat of the chili powder might overwhelm the delicate flavor of the fruit, hear us out.
8. Olive Oil and Ice Cream
Flickr users stu_spivack, Carl M
Mario Batali swears by this one. What more proof do you need?
9. Steak and Blueberries
Flickr users Taryn, DeSegura89
The tart sweetness of blueberries goes really well with the saltiness of the steak, and cuts the richness of the meat perfectly.
10. Honey and Pizza
Flickr users Ashley Linh Trann ♥, alsjhc
This is delicious for the same reason pineapple is delicious. The sweetness pairs well with the salt of the cheese, and is actually really refreshing.
What are your favorite unconventional food pairings? Tell us in the comments below