5 Bizarre Food Pairings

Digging through your fridge with no idea what to eat? If nothing tickles your fancy, it’s probably because you’ve been eating the same foods with the same flavors your whole life. Ditch all preconceived notions about what ingredients “go” well together and create a culinary love story by pairing odd couples in the kitchen. Try our list of 5 weird food combinations you’ve probably never heard of but should definitely try.

—Kimberlee Bochek & Siddra Shah.

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Photo by Erica Bernstein.

1. Peanut Butter & Jelly with Fritos

What college meal is more classic than a PB & J? When you’re on the run to the library or in between classes, there’s nothing easier or quicker to make, and it is often our go-to for meals. It’s easy to spice up this classic with something crunchy and delicious: Fritos. Simply place a handful of Fritos in between the peanut butter and jelly to create an interesting texture and flavor. This combination of foods completely transforms the boring PB & J into something much more exciting and delicious.

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2. Banana Mayonnaise Sandwich

If you’re looking to expand your taste buds’ horizons, there’s no better opportunity than biting into a banana-mayonnaise sandwich. This combination, while seemingly disgusting, is much better than one would suspect. With easy-to-find ingredients of one large banana, mayonnaise spread, and the bread or wrap of your choice, this sandwich will transform your thoughts on what a typical sandwich should taste like. Simply spread both pieces of bread with mayonnaise, slice the banana in half twice to make smaller pieces and then place them on top of the mayonnaise. Your first bite of this flavorful sandwich might surprise you, but rest assured that these flavors combine to make an amazing sandwich for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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3. Ice Cream filled Fortune Cookies

Sometimes, you want a sweet snack so badly you’ll find yourself digging through whatever you happen to have in your kitchen and making some great combos. That’s how we happened upon ice cream-filled fortune cookies. We had nothing but these cookies and some plain vanilla ice cream. If this happens to you, don’t fret—simply spoon a generous amount of the ice cream into the fortune cookie. The two make a great combo and you finally have an interesting way to snack on all those fortune cookies you have.

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 4. Peanut Butter and Eggs

We know this sounds absolutely disgusting, but don’t stop reading just yet. We firmly believe that peanut butter is a gift from the gods and should be utilized as such—meaning, put it on everything. This recipe is for the healthier of us late night munchers who want a wholesome and protein-filled snack. You can spread peanut butter on eggs and make a sandwich of it, or consume it any other way you please.

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5. Caramel Crispix

If you’ve made Rice Krispies treats from scratch before, you should try out another sweet cereal snack. You can do this with Crispix cereal or any similar brand. After all, experimenting is half the fun. If you want to make enough to hit the spot when you develop a serious case of the cereal munchies, you will need two boxes of the chosen cereal, two cups of butter, two cups of brown sugar, half a cup of karo syrup, half a teaspoon of vanilla, and half a teaspoon of baking soda. Melt the butter, add brown sugar, and bring it to a boil. Then add the rest of the ingredients and pour it over the cereal. There—you have yourself a sticky and sweet cereal creation.

This story was originally featured in Baked’s Fall 2013 issue. To read more, click here.

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