9 Food Concoctions You Canít (and Wouldnít 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 (donít try these at home)? Anyone care to “concoct” with a recipe that is either outlandish, or maybe even outlandishly good?


Myriam G.
Myriam G5 years ago

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.

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran5 years ago

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

GGma Sheila D.
Sheila D5 years ago

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!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener5 years ago

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

Syd H.
Syd H5 years ago

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).

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

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

Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder5 years ago


Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

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

Ernie Miller
william Miller5 years ago