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9 Food Concoctions You Can’t (and Wouldn’t Want To) Top

9 Food Concoctions You Can’t (and Wouldn’t Want To) Top

Given the chance, most children will experiment a bit with food. I am not talking about trying eggplant or sampling the Camembert. I am speaking more about mixing up strange combinations of food to their liking. You could bet that most of these concoctions would have some sweet and some salty component (like chocolate and potato chips), as these are the tastes that appeal to most young children. As children mature, go to college and become rulers of their own domain, things sometimes get a bit weirder with food combinations that are as fueled by creativity as they are by mood altering substances. I had a friend in college that ate chocolate sandwiches (made with chocolate sprinkles) and mac and cheese made with tuna and pickles.

But this practice of combining foods, as it turns out, is more than just whimsical experimentation, it can also be deemed an eating disorder, according to an article in Psychology Today. It is a phenomenon called “concocting” involves mixing random (or not so random) foods together and binge eating. Such behavior seems to be somewhat common among college students (as they were among the population surveyed, particularly college students from Alabama and Texas). Unlike general overeating, the college students surveyed admitted to “concocting” then eating large amounts of food in a short period of time, and feeling a general sense of being out of control. Admittedly it is somewhat disturbing to think about.

So I am sure you are curious as to what some of these concoctions might be. Here are three mentioned in the piece:
“A paste of hot chocolate mix, powder coffee creamer or powdered skim milk, and sweetener”
“Mashed potatoes w/ Oreos; Oreo cookies with peanut butter, pickles, and chocolate”
“Mayonnaise with cheese, beans, ketchup, and beef”

To be serious, eating disorders of any sort are not a thing to make light of, however, when I took a look at the above “concoctions” I saw some patterns (unctuous with sweet, texture differentiation, umami with yet more umami) and felt I could (in theory) maybe come up with one, or two, or maybe nine “concoctions” that pushed the limits while remaining true to the basic structure and integrity of a “concoction.” So here goes:

1) Broiled eel inserted into a jelly doughnut
2) Nuts, candy canes, and bubble gum
3) Vanilla ice cream, spicy Sri Racha, and apple sauce
4) Potato chips, gin, and herring
5) Chocolate liquor and roasted potatoes baked in a pie crust
6) Eggs, carrots and lemonade
7) Bacon ice cubes in milk
8) Pickle brine, peanut butter and wasabi peas
9) Turnips, marshmallow Fluff, and olive paste

So, let’s see if you could top those (don’t try these at home)? Anyone care to “concoct” with a recipe that is either outlandish, or maybe even outlandishly good?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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9:03AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

I'll say "fried cod with strawberries and whipped cream", but it's not my invention: Gaston LaGaffe, a beloved belgian comic character, came up with this in the 70s.

10:58PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

@ GGma Sheila D. quite the little chef you have there! lol!

9:32PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

When my oldest son was 3 yrs, he got up early and made us "breakfast". I had a pan soaking on the stove overnite - in went oranges and on went the burner. Next he decided a "cake" with flour, chocolate chips, sugar, and potato chips might be good - evidently not, he poured the whole (large) bowl down the toilet. Yup, he flushed.

We woke to the nasty smell of boiling oranges, a toilet clogged and gurgling, and something resembling batter in the middle of the kitchen floor - eggs, with shells, included there.

The apartment windows went open, the mop came out, the toilet finally got unclogged, and mega amounts of air freshener sprayed - it was the late 60s, nothing known about aerosols, etc.

We went OUT for breakfast. He was so proud, and no matter how angry we were, we couldn't stop laughing!

7:25PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Aaaargh... how about anchovies topped with strawberries and cream...

3:28AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Sounds like nutritional deprivation is at play here. What's needed is a good dose of real food for, well a lifetime, but certainly several weeks as by then they'll feel so good they won't want to go back to crap food-like substances that just drive cravings (which are a need for nutrition that actually runs the body, not the filler "fud" which just takes up space).

2:25AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Thank you :)

7:00AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

When I was young there was a "cool fashion" in birthday parties:Dip potato chips in orange soda or cola soda.

9:38PM PDT on Jun 30, 2013


8:48PM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

I'm sorry but those experiments sound absolutely scary--not to mention revolting...YUCK. Thanks

6:25PM PDT on Jun 30, 2013


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