Some food combinations sound weird at first, but when you try them, they turn out to be surprisingly tasty. Food combinations such as the controversial pineapple on pizza, French fries dipped in a chocolate milkshake, or olive oil on ice cream once sounded weird but, once tried, taste pretty good.
However, some food combos go beyond the weird and head straight into the gross food combination territory. Pickles, cheese, and mustard sandwich? Heavenly to some, but not so much to others. Some of these weird food combinations probably shouldn't even be on the same plate, much less put together in a dish. We may never know who dreamed up these weird food combos, but we can be pretty certain they have a stomach—not abs—of steel.
Delicious or disgusting? Check out these weird food combinations and decide for yourself.
1. Nutella and Salted Chips
Starting easy with a pairing that isn't too weird and may even be pretty good. It's a twist on the classing sweet and salty combo.
2. Pickle Juice and Peanut Butter
Pickle juice and peanut butter, don't ask how this weird food combination happened. The sweet, nutty taste of the peanut butter cuts the pickle brine.
3. Butter and Sugar Sandwiches
It's hard not to like a combination of delicious butterfat and sugar, the two things we have evolved to crave.
4. Cream Cheese and Flaming Hot Cheetos
Cool cream cheese gives your mouth a break from the spicy hot Cheetos. This classic pairing of cool and spicy seems weird until you give it a try. Something about the smooth cream cheese and the crunchy, spicy chips just seems to work.
5. Banana on Pizza
Move over pineapple, there's a new fruit on pizzas. Banana on pizza may not be everyone's jam, but don't knock it until you've tried this weird food combo.
6. Banana Grilled Cheese
For those times when you want a little something extra in your grilled cheese sandwich. Probably one of the weirdest versions of salty-sweet.
7. Vanilla Ice Cream and Soy Sauce
Soy sauce looks like so much like chocolate sauce on vanilla ice cream that we're sure this gross food combination started out as a practical joke on someone. It may still be one. But surprisingly, a drizzle of soy sauce on vanilla ice cream creates a sweet and salty dessert.
8. Potato Chip Salad
This weird food combination is simply a salad with potato chips on top, kind of like croutons. You don't know it until you've tried it, this one has the potential to be pretty good.
9. Pizza Topped with Chocolate
Some consider this the best way to ruin a cheese pizza, but someone must have thought it was a good idea. At least once. If you are craving a chocolate pizza combo, make a dessert pizza instead of whatever this is.
10. Popcorn and a Glass of Wine
Maybe crunch, salty popcorn pair well with a nice Red Zin, who knows.
11. Oreos and Doritos
Sweet, creamy Oreos cool down zesty Doritos. Another take on the salty-sweet pairing this weird food combination has potential. Not sure for what, but there's definitely potential.
12. Ketchup and White Rice
Hard to explain, but it could be the sheer simplicity of this pairing that makes it work. It's a comforting food combination.
13. Popcorn and Marshmallows
This may sound weird at first but think about it. Warm, crunchy, salty popcorn and sweet, gooey marshmallows. It's a combination that caught us by surprise, but we're not complaining.
14. Popcorn and Ketchup
This one's a little harder to understand. Disregarding how it might taste, it does make the popcorn a messier snack than usual. The ketchup makes the popcorn soggy, so it loses its addicting crunch. If you want to spice up your popcorn, consider using a flavored butter instead.
15. Banana and Mayonnaise Sandwich
There isn't a lot going on in this particularly gross food combination, and the sandwich turns into a soggy mess. Neither the banana nor the mayonnaise flavor stands out, and the bread gets soggy and squishy fast.
16. Avocado Toast and Jam
Give this one go, it's better than you might think. Smooth, creamy avocado plays well with sweet jam for a surprisingly delicious treat. Tastes like dessert but is packed with healthy fats, vitamin B-6, and vitamin E.
17. Beef Burger and Peanut Butter
Peanut butter, bacon, and jack cheese may sound weird, but it is actually amazing. The salty flavor and creamy texture complement the beef's umami taste. Put this on your list as one to try.
18. Cinnamon Roll Hamburger Bun
At first glance, this seems promising, but in actuality, not so much. Creative burger buns are all the rage, and you might think that sweat bread and a warm cinnamon glaze might go well with a juicy burger. These two favorites might do better to be served apart.
When it comes to weird food combinations, some can taste good. Let your senses guide you, they'll tell you if the pairings work or not. If you are feeling adventurous, try some of these combinations and see for yourself.