Without argument, kids like to exploit weird food combinations, and most of these have to do with junk food. Growing up I had a friend who enjoyed semi-stale Oreos, crunched into bits, along with pretzels. Then I had a friend who just loved McDonald’s chocolate-flavored milkshakes with their salty, hot French Fries. Upon receiving his order he would open up the plastic top of the milk shake and gingerly dip each fry into the chocolate emulsion and eat (at McDonald’s you could do about anything without getting as much as a weird glance). On one occasion I asked him if he ever tried it with the McDonald’s vanilla-flavored milkshakes and his response was, “No…gross!”
The latest, but certainly not the newest, odd food pairing is peanuts and Coke…as in peanuts IN Coke. It is as simple as it sounds, you just drop a handful of peanuts in an open bottle of Coke (after having taken a few sips to make room) and watch them float to the top. The result is some sort of effervescent, sweet and salty summer treat. While nearly every junk food enthusiasts has exploited the likes of bacon and donuts, it is somewhat encouraging to witness the simplicity of a handful of peanuts floating in a bottle of Coke. Like I said, this is a practice (with roots likely in the Southern part of the USA) that has been around for a while, as there are stories of busy Southern farmers who didn’t have time to break for lunch and would eat this on their tractors while in the field. But to be sure, beyond the tractor-set, this is a beloved flavor combination for some (no word on the possible choking hazards that come from swigging peanuts in Coke).
Are there odd, if not embarrassing, food combinations that you absolutely love? Do peanuts and Coke sound at all good to you? Why do you think all of these odd food combinations have to do with junk food? Is there no room for rice cakes and iced tea? Or is that just too weird?