6 Strange but Delicious Food Combinations

| by Elena

I went to Pittsburgh once and tried one of their famous Primanti Brothers sandwiches: meat, lettuce, tomato, and coleslaw and fries. Yep, that’s right: cole slaw and fries inside the sandwich. It’s surprisingly delicious. Ever since then, of course, I’ve been hooked on squishing my side dishes inside my sandwich (turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potato on whole wheat; egg salad and green beans on rye).

These usually aren’t particularly strange flavor combinations per se, since you’d eat all those things on the same plate, but lately this practice has led me down a road towards combining some things that normally I’d keep separate.

Below, I bring you 6 Strange but Delicious Food Combinations.

1. Potato chips in Salad Sandwiches

potato chips
A nice tuna salad or chicken salad sandwich is a wonderful thing. But all that yummy mayo can make the bread soggy. Why not add some crunch?

2. Coffee in Yogurt

bowl of yogurt
I often keep plain yogurt around the house. It’s just good for so many things (baking, making sauces) and with pieces of fresh fruit it makes an excellent breakfast. But sometimes I need a stack with a boost. Personally, I prefer dark espresso, but a nice flavored coffee (French vanilla, hazelnut) can also be delicious.

3. Cheddar Cheese and Apple Pie

cheddar cheese
This classic seems to have fallen out of style a little. I think it’s time to bring it back. The sharp, salty cheddar really complements the gooey apple. Best served hot, with a thick slice melted over the top of each piece of pie.

4. Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich

I like sandwiches, can you tell?
peanut butter and bacon
Bacon goes great with peanut butter. Both are salty, but have different types of flavors. The creaminess of peanut butter goes great with the crispiness of the bacon. Mayonnaise optional.

5. Salted Watermelon

watermelon slices
Why is this so good? Is it just a simple matter of yin and yang? Or is it because the salt absorbs some of the watermelon and makes it taste more flavorful? I’m not sure what’s at work with this combo, but it’s delectable.

6. Cayenne Pepper and Mango

mango cubes
Mango has an interesting flavor all on its own, but the cayenne really just gives it a nice kick. Plus, red and orange look pretty together.
Sometimes when the cupboard is bare, you stumble across some random ingredients and throw them together, and presto! a strange new snack is born.

What are your favorite unusual food combinations?



  • My grandpa would always put a slice of american cheese (The kraft cheesefood stuff) on his apple pie. I thought it was just him… didn’t know it was a traditional thing.

    I nominate nattto and avocado to this list. Natto is fermented soybeans. Smells bad so most foreigners overlook it, but wonderful taste. Goes really well with avocado.

  • Viviana Preston

    Cheese sandwich with marmalade or jam on top. It’s very common in Denmark apparently. And quite good.

  • My favourite sandwich:

    Strawberry jam, fresh ground black pepper, ham and tomato.

  • This is retarded. These are all very common combinations. Try eating something other than burgerking and you would know this. neophytes.

  • Strawberries and balsamic vinegar?

  • How did chicken and waffles get left off this list? I had this at Roscoes in Long Beach Cali while visiting and often dream about it’s scrumptious mixture of good and real good.

  • Try a salad made from watermelon cubes, crumbled feta, fresh mint and basil. Amazing combo!

  • looks like tasty.. i will try it for sure…

  • Toasted Bacon and Mustard sandwich. Absolutely delicious.

  • If you put mayonnaise on chunks of pineapple it takes all of the tartness away and you are left with only the sweetness of the pineapple.

  • Dr. Pepper and chocolate milk! Delicious.

  • Bill Elftman Jr

    My grandfather has a little rhyme… Apple Pie without some cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.

  • I find that cocaine and heroin complement each other quite well.

  • My favorite Chicken and Peanut Butter sandwich! Grilled chicken, peanut butter, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and light mayo. Pretty incredible combo!!

    Chicken and Peanut butter pizza!! Peanut butter is your sauce, add grilled chicken and mozzerella cheese and you have an incredible pizza full of nutrients!!

  • I swear upon the West Lafayette, Indiana school system circa 1978 that the children were regularly served bacon peanut butter sandwiches in government subsidized cold lunches. This folks, is one of the many reasons I’m a vegetarian now.


  • No joke. Drink coffee and then take a bite of peppermint patty, it will taste like popcorn. Somebody at work noticed it and then the whole office was doing it.

  • I’ve tried number one, and I gotta say, it’s pretty darn good.

  • I discovered yesterday you can make a toast sandwich with cream cheese and cajun trail mix that tastes pretty good.

  • My favorite is a slice of cheddar cheese with chocolate frosting on top. My parents introduced it to me when I was a kid and now I get random cravings for it.

  • My Mum introduced me to sandwiches of peanut butter and sliced beetroot when I was a kid. They’re still just as delicious now!

    Also: Try having ice-cream with a little salt on it. Not enough to make it salty, just enough to make it taste even more ice-creamy.

  • Sprinkle a tad of salt into sprite, you’ll never want it plain

  • Chocolate & mustard
    ExLax and peanut butter
    Peanut butter and anything
    Dogshit & peanut butter
    Milk and cookies
    air and cheese

  • A “food combination” is two or more distinct foods put together.

    Salt and cayenne are spices – using them for examples is like saying that coffee with sugar is some awesome new mashup of coffee and sugarcane.

  • Peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwich. NOT mayo, Miracle Whip.

    Simply awesome!

  • Lemonade and Honey tastes like Cheddar Cheese.

  • Left over pork & beans, mashed with mayo sandwich(or dip)
    Grape jelly on your hamburger.
    Bacon / jam sandwich.
    Slice of raw onion under a hot pancake w syrup.
    Fried egg with pancake syrup.
    Actually there is a site (?) for food (flavor) combinations.

  • Maple syrup on grilled cheese sandwiches. I’ve been eating them like this since I was a kid and couldn’t imagine having one without.

  • A MUST TRY: chocolate ice cream with rosemary olive oil and rock salt!

  • Waffles and Cream Cheese. Delicious!

  • salt on watermelon is a great healthy snack!

  • salt on watermelon is a great healthy snack!

  • Walnuts, Cream Cheese & Pear

  • I recommend peanut butter on waffles with maple syrup.

  • I am using salt in my soursop or guyabano fruit. Its weird but taste good.

  • My favorite combination is crazily similar to Bone’s. Instead of Maple syrup on gilled cheese, I like putting sharp cheddar cheese on my french toast, with syrup of course.

  • I’m sorry ~ I really don’t mean to be rude, but these are ALL common combinations. Good, but normal.

    My weirdest might be a grilled cheese sandwich with crunchy peanut butter and sweet pickle relish. Yum!

  • Tomato paste on egg whites and vinaigrette dressing on burgers are my two weirdest I guess. I love trying weird foods though, so maybe I’ll give some of these a shot!

    Oh, and check these out…


  • drink … lemonade , coke & orange juice yuummm

  • lemonade , coke & orange juice

  • Try grilled swiss cheese sandwich with scallions and raspberry jam- AMAZING.

    Also, potato chips with a little peanut butter and ranch dressing with Sriracha hot sauce.

  • I remember growing up here in the Philippines, when eating watermelon, it has always been a practice to put a dash of salt on it before eating. Tastes good!

  • Gawd, is eating watermelon with salt a strange combination ? I’ve done it my whole life !

  • Cheddar Cheese and beetroot.Yum

  • Pork scratchings and galaxy chocolate!

  • Peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, washed down with a mix of coca cola and red wine!

  • pasta sandwich with cheese and lettuce on buttered bread.
    banana and peanut butter sandwich, lettuce optional.
    cheese whiz and wild berry jam sandwich.
    Fish sticks dipped in chocolate pudding.

  • HAHAHAAAAA I love hearing ppl think something is unusual or newly discovered (by them) My family has been putting salt on all melon for over 40 years; french fries on sandwiches in common in other countries, but SLAW on sandwiches is VERY common in the U.S. What gives with saying ‘that’s right slaw inside the sandwich. Haven’t you ever eaten BBQ ?? Cheese in apple pie is common. Although I came to Sweden and they thought peanut butter and banana sandwiches sounded crazy XD XD but my 48 yr old fiance had never even tasted peanut butter OR BBQ sauce. They all loved he peanut butter & I noticed them putting BBQ sauce on their pizza’s. lolll (which is excellent by the way) Pulled pork BBQ pizza with pineapple and BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce is really good.

    Also once I was out of sugar and butter but really wanted some grits (yeah Im from the south, grits are really just like cream of wheat, or oatmeal, but made out of corn) Anyway I put a spoonful of some cake mix into it and it was awesome.

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  • peanut butter, with black olives and mayo sandy.
    peanut butter and raw onions sandy.
    chicken granola bars.

    jam in my omlettes.
    Sometimes i make it into a grilled cheese omlette sandy with jam in the middle.

    fried sweet potatoes with brown sugar and cinnamon, minced garlic.

    i used to eat sugar and butter mixed together, with a spoon. lawl.

  • snails
    salted liquorice (something really dutch)
    potatoes and egg omelet with onion
    cheese and sausage sandwich
    sheep lung with potato slices

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