Confession time. I keep a tiny bottle of hot sauce in my purse at all times. If that sounds crazy, what's even crazier is that I'm not alone. All of us, around the world, have our own little offbeat food quirks, and some of them are more common than we think. Whether you're a fan of anything pickled or prefer orange juice to milk in your cereal, rest assured you are not alone. Weird food combinations are as American as apple pie, after all. These concoctions can involve everything from vanilla ice cream to ketchup to Oreos to Hot Cheetos and more.
Here's a list of 13 weird (but surprisingly universal) food pairings people really love to do. Did your weirdest food combo or flavor combination make the list? What other weird food combos do you like?
1. Put ice cubes in cereal.
This controversial phenomenon was publicized after Twitter user @Vidarrina posted this fateful Tweet:
Am I the only one that can't eat cereal without ice cubes?!! ??? pic.twitter.com/jr0erHJTvu
— Cee? (@Vidarrina) June 11, 2015
2. Eat hot dogs horizontally.
That's right. There are radicals out there who eat hot dogs horizontally, rather than vertically like our Founding Fathers intended.
3. Drink leftover pickle juice.
Pro tip: pickle juice makes a powerful hangover cure.
4. Top pizza with M&Ms.
This trend was perhaps inspired by the notorious "SORRY" scene in The Princess Diaries.
5. Put orange juice on cereal.
Got milk? If not, some people swear orange juice is a tasty alternative.
— Xiaofeng Wan (@XiaofengWan) June 4, 2014
6. Spread peanut butter on scrambled eggs.
Scandal's star Scott Foley caused a scandal of his own when he posted a video of himself spreading peanut butter on scrambled eggs. "It's a protein thing," he explained. Whatever you say, brah.
7. Eat at their desk rather than taking a lunch break.
Tragically, the "sad desk lunch" has become increasingly popular in today's offices.
— Madeline Vitek Memenza (@MadelineVitek) July 13, 2017
8. Dip French fries in Wendy's Frosties.
Like Batman and Robin or hipsters and fixie bicycles, Frosties and French fries belong together. A sweet, cold, creamy Frosty spooned up by savory, crispy, hot fries is the ultimate balance of texture and flavor.
— Natalya (@NatalyaComposer) June 19, 2017
9. Put pickles on peanut butter sandwiches.
Popular during the Great Depression, peanut butter and pickle sandwiches are still beloved by some of our grandmothers. Modern takes include Siracha.
I?m a genius. Peanut butter, pickle, and Sriracha sandwich! pic.twitter.com/wvCCJmCWYj
— Peter Seibel (@peterseibel) February 25, 2017
10. Put hot sauce and salt on fruit.
On the streets of cities like LA and Chicago, you can find vendors hawking fresh-cut mangos, papaya, and watermelon. Just ask, and they'll chop you up a cup with fresh lime, chili, and salt. Yum.
11. Eat popcorn with chopsticks.
Picking up popcorn with chopsticks is a good way to avoid butter fingers. Though unless you're handy with chopsticks, this method could take half a century to polish off one bag.
— CMU Women's Ultimate (@MMellonsUltimte) September 27, 2015
12. Pickle pigs feet.
Low in fat and high in protein, pigs feet are reportedly especially delicious when you pickle them (as many foods are).
13. Mac and Cheese with Dill Pickles
If somebody put diced pickles in they Mac and cheese I?d be upset.
— Pandanonymous (@pandanonymous_) July 22, 2021
This could be weirder, honestly! You can mix mac and cheese with a lot of things. Why not tempt your taste buds by throwing in some soy sauce, cream cheese, brie, sriracha, or other condiments too?
Shoutout to honorable mentions we've seen around the web like dark chocolate on cheese pizza, PB&J sandwiches with Doritos or potato chips on them, and salami and grapes. Hey, to each their own!
This article was originally published on July 2, 2020.