While traditional foodies will think this sounds like a pile of WTF, if you’re the kind of person who secretly mixes sweet chilli pretzels into a tub of Dulche De Leche Häagen-Dazs (note to self: try that later), you just might be into this listicle.
Unexpected, sweet-meets-savoury flavor combinations can be surprisingly delicious, and in honour of crazy cravings, I bring you 10 unexpected food combinations that shouldn't work...but do!
Lobster and Popcorn concoction. Disclaimer: eat this within an hour of it being made otherwise it’s just not the same. Picture: Pexels
Lobster and popcorn
Masterchef brought this interesting seafood dessert/snack concoction to my attention in 2013.
This is not to be confused with lobster popcorn or lobster crackerjacks that are bite sized seafood snacks. You start with a large bowl of popcorn, drizzle it with fresh chunks of lobster meat that have been sauteed in real butter, add more hot butter and sea salt. Here, you get the crispy crunchy goodness of golden fried popcorn but with the rich meaty flavour of lobster.
The famous BP&P, not just reserved for women suffering from pregnancy cravings.
Peanut butter pickle sandwich
Ever look look into the pantry and conclude there’s nothing to eat? Well those days are over with the PB&P. I’m not going to lie, I tried this and I really took to the acidic, vinegary taste of the pickles combined with the rich and subtly sweet and salty taste of peanut butter.
Fish finger with a custard dip. Picture: Pexels
Fish fingers and custard
This sounds like a kiddies’ school lunch gone absolutely wrong but according to my nine-year old brother, custard is the dip of choice for this kiddies’ lunchtime favourite.
Mac and cheese pancakes. Picture: Pexels
Macaroni and cheese pancakes
Cheesy noodles combined with a classic pancake batter create the ultimate brunch comfort food. My fellow pancake enthusiasts will like this savoury alternative.
Watermelon and reduced balsamic vinegar. Eat with grated cheese and enjoy! Picture: Pexels
Watermelon, mozzarella and reduced balsamic vinegar
Watermelon is definitely my favourite thing about the summer. I drizzle this with a super delish 25 old balsamic reduction, some local buffalo mozzarella and I’m in sweet and savoury heaven.
Orange peel and black pepper. Dry it for a seasoning texture. Picture: Pexels
Orange peel and black pepper
I like to coat my protein with spice mixes for a full-on flavour blast, and I love the idea of a peppery orange crust on my seared chicken, so I’m definitely trying this.
Dessert pizza. Picture: Pexels
Cinnamon sugar and pizza
Dessert pizzas are happening in a huge way. If your tooth is extra sweet, try a nutella pizza, or even better, a s’more pizza.
Chicken wings and hot fudge. Picture: Pexels
Chicken wings and hot fudge
Minimal prep and maximum fudge flavour make these the perfect wings for on-the-fly entertaining.
Cooked scallops are almost always mediocre - and cooking them ruins the texture. Picture: Pexels
Raw scallops with lime and strawberry
I’m going to play the devil’s advocate here for a second and say I can't understand why anyone would ever cook scallops. They are so much better raw. Add some lime and strawberry to titillate your taste buds as a first or last course.
Bacon and ice cream. Picture: Pexels
Bacon and anything
Everyone knows the best thing to add to bacon is more bacon. In my experience, you can add bacon to pretty much anything edible. Ice cream? Yebo! Waffles? Definitely? Cocktails? Lay it on me! Bacon wrapped oreos? By all means necessary.
That’s all folks. Now excuse me while I eat a peanut butter pickle sandwich.