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Peanuts & Coke, Plus Other Odd Food Combinations

Peanuts & Coke, Plus Other Odd Food Combinations

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?

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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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2:10AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

A joke, Teresa W...this is of course the odd food combinations article and believe me, there are some very odd combinations out there...and it would not have surprised me if someone out there had dipped a herring in chocolate. It's Easter, anyone have any weird Easter food combinations out there? Some places at exhibitions...get this...deep fry Mars bars and other weird and frightening foods.

8:32AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

If it tastes good do it!

2:03AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Thank you :)

7:25AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Dale, my comment was, of course, a joke. :-)

10:51AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

This does sound weird to me, but apparently there are more combinations out there..this site even shares some photos of such:

10:46AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

As a child, my family ate salt on watermelon {a southern tradition} and I enjoyed leftover cake frosting on crackers...but that's about as weird as we got.

1:57AM PST on Jan 31, 2013


9:05PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

No Teresa W, have never heard of that one or tried it but have tried the Mexican recipe of Chocolate Mole Chicken...perfectly delicious. Worry not, Mole is Mexican for sauce and not those teeny tiny rodents that scurry about.

Somehow I can't visualize chocolate and herring on the same plate...but there is a first time for almost anything. Had to Google Chocolate herring...

Or there are some who sprinkle herring with chocolate...

Sorry, I am just going to stick with Chicken Mole.

7:41AM PST on Jan 16, 2013

Herrings with chocolate! (Has anyone tried them? Neither have I. LOL!)

9:52AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

saltines in a glass of milk, chocolate coke,cream cheese on most everything

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