Are there any foods that you love to eat together – even if it seems a little wrong?
More than eight in 10 adults have admitted to having a ‘weird’ food combination they love, such as chocolate and crisps or hot dogs with jam.
This is according to new research by online supermarket Ocado, who surveyed 2,000 adults to explore the nation’s unusual culinary tastes.
Participants also admitted to eating mayonnaise on toast, Weetabix with butter and of course there were those Brits who just couldn’t resist dipping their fries in a milkshake.
But it gets stranger still, with some of those polled saying they drank both tea and coffee in the same mug.
The research was commissioned by Ocado to mark its new partnership with Marks & Spencer.
From September, the full M&S food range will be available to purchase online, for the first time, exclusively via ocado.com.
To celebrate this, Ocado has teamed up with food flavour expert and author of The Flavour Thesaurus, Niki Segnit, to reveal some surprising foods that pair perfectly with everyday favourites like chicken, salmon, spinach, pears and cheddar cheese, to help shoppers get excited about the range of food and flavours available.
Niki said: “Everyone knows the traditional food combinations like bangers and mash, or fish with chips. But have you ever tried coffee and orange, or spinach and strawberry? There are many wonderful matches to be discovered, and you don’t need a PhD in molecular gastronomy to start experimenting.
“Interesting and unusual flavour matches can be made with common store-cupboard ingredients, like cheese and marmalade, or chocolate and aubergine.”
The flavour expert also recommends combining chicken and banana, salmon and caramel, along with cheddar and marmalade, and steak with coffee. Not forgetting chocolate and mustard, butternut squash and nutmeg, and chicken with grapes.
She continued: “Part of my job is to discover classic, interesting and occasionally bizarre ingredient matches, understand where they come from and why they work. So that people can feel inspired to try new ways to cook foods they love or have at home in abundance.”
Lisa McDowell, Head of Brand Marketing at Ocado added: “Clearly we all have our own tastes and preferences, so if you’ve found a food combo you love, stick with it!
“With the largest range of any grocer – and now the full M&S Food offering too – we hope Niki’s novel pairings will empower cooks to discover the many food and flavour combinations available at ocado.com and to look at the contents of their fridge and store-cupboard with a fresh pair of eyes.”
Here’s a look at 12 food pairings Niki recommends you try:
1. Coffee and Orange
2. Cumin and Stinky Cheese
3. Apricot and Lentil
4. Mushroom and Blueberry
5. Avocado and Sugar
6. Bacon and banana
7. Blackcurrant and Peanut
8. Goats cheese and cherries
9. Grapefruit and Juniper
10. Potato and Lemon
11. Pineapple and Prosciutto
12. Apple and hummus
Top 50 weird food combos, according to the study:
1. Mixing mayonnaise and ketchup together
2. Cheddar cheese and apple
3. Salt and porridge
4. Pasta and ketchup
5. Pizza and tuna
6. Milkshake and fries
7. Sugar sandwiches
8. Prosciutto and melon
9. Chocolate and crisps
10. Banana and sugar sandwiches
11. Ham marinated and cooked in cola
12. Strawberry and basil
13. French fries and pickles
14. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar
15. Watermelon and feta
16. Baked beans and rice
17. Butter and sugar sandwiches
18. Dipping toast into tea
19. Ketchup and rice
20. Salad cream and sausages
21. Dry, buttered Weetabix
22. Tuna with salt & vinegar crisps
23. Cold baked beans in a salad
24. Mango and chili powder
25. Pot noodle on toast
26. Cheese and strawberry jam sandwiches
27. Yorkshire pudding with sugar
28. Ice cream and fries
29. Honey and pizza
30. Cold Brussels sprouts and gravy
31. Mayonnaise on toast
32. Crisps and brown sauce
33. Watermelon and salt
34. Pasta sandwiches
35. Blueberries and steak
36. Salami with grapes
37. Tea and coffee in the same cup
38. Banana and bacon
39. Chicken and marmalade
40. Mince pies topped with cheese
41. Lettuce in a sugar and vinegar dressing
42. Banana bread with cheddar cheese
43. Melted chocolate on a cheese pizza
44. Apple and bacon on toast
45. Hot dogs and jam
46. Peanut butter and burger
47. Ketchup on popcorn
48. Chocolate and avocado
49. Chips covered in chocolate/honey
50. Fish fingers and custard
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