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Top 5 Peculiar Food Pairings

Updated: Jan 23

The average number of taste buds on the human tongue ranges from 2000 to 8000. Out of pure curiosity, many individuals have combined different foods in hopes of discovering an oddly satisfying taste combination that their taste buds simply cannot get enough of.

Number 1: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich with Pickles

Our first peculiar combo on the list is an original peanut butter and jelly sandwich which is unpleasantly joined by pickles straight out of your pickle jar.

Senior Noemi Romo actually enjoys this odd combination once in a while. Romo describes, “It has a savory taste but also sweet at the same time.” Romo is inspired by the idea and her desire to try new things which she claims as her reason to continue enjoying this out-of the-box combination.

Number 2: Flamin’ Hot Cheetos with Cream Cheese

You may be greatly familiar with nacho cheese served on top of a nice nest of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but cream cheese? Well that is definitely something new and uncommon.

Daisy Barragan, junior, shares that she has never tried this odd combo before although it does sound good with reference to a past TikTok trend. Barragan explains, “I heard of Takis with cream cheese and in a jalapeno so it sounds kind of similar and I heard good reviews about it.”

Number 3: French Fries and Vanilla Ice Cream

Surely, you dip your french fries in ketchup like any other human being just enjoying their favorite french fries. Although, as you look around, you notice a fellow customer enjoying a side of fries as they dip it and lose a few fries in a serving of vanilla ice cream.

Senior, Xavier Martinez, has once had the experience of dipping fried potatoes in the popular cold confection though he would definitely not go out of his way to try it once again. Martinez shares, “I tried it in a vanilla Frosty from Wendy’s, but it just wasn’t for me.”

Number 4: Banana on Pizza

A good majority of individuals draw the line at pineapple on pizza. Clearly, someone got rid of that line and decided to resurrect the pineapple on pizza controversy except bananas in place of pineapple.

Alondra Preciado, sophomore, is quick to say that this combination is “nasty, it won’t work out.” Preciado goes on to share, “the idea or the thought of banana on pizza just doesn’t sound good.”

Number 5: Cinnamon Roll Hamburger

As our final contestant, we have this delightful abomination that hopefully tastes much better than it looks. When life gives you a cinnamon roll, well what better way to use it than to slice it in half, slap a patty in the middle with a few condiments and deem it a culinary masterpiece, in the hamburger category of course?

Thais Vargas, sophomore, shows this peculiar combination no mercy when she exclaims, “It sounds disgusting and weird, why would you mix a glazed cinnamon roll with other savory ingredients?” Vargas shares that she does not regularly eat hamburgers so she definitely does not look forward to trying this out-of-question combination.

We live in a world filled with true peculiarities and we cannot judge a book by its cover. Some of these wacky, truly out of the ordinary, combinations of food may actually be pretty decent, not just for us, but for our taste buds. Let’s give credit to tastebuds for allowing us to take in the most complex of tastes, from the most satisfying tastes to the utterly most gruesome tastes of the inedible.


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