Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Milk and cookies. Some food combinations have become staples to our diets, providing us with flavors that contrast each other so perfectly that one food is unimaginable without its wingman. (Donuts without coffee just aren’t the same, right?) This summer, why not treat your taste buds to some creative new combos:
Potato chips and chocolate. Satisfy your sweetest and saltiest cravings by combining two classic snack foods. Stick to plain or ruffled potato chips; anything else might clash with the rich chocolate. As for the chocolate, you have plenty of options. You can melt down chocolate chips, chunks, or bars (milk chocolate or dark chocolate are your safest bets) on the stove, then dip chips into the liquid chocolate and place them on wax paper to dry, creating delicious chocolate-covered potato chips. If you want to be more adventurous, drizzle a secondary sweet topping – such as caramel, butterscotch, sprinkles, etc. – on top before the chocolate has hardened, or substitute dark or plain milk chocolate for a chocolate/hazelnut or chocolate/peanut butter spread, which you can find in your local grocery store.
Bacon, maple, and any type of dessert. The “maple bacon” flavor has been trending recently, appearing in the form of cupcakes, donuts, and even ice cream sundaes. It seems as though the “breakfast for dinner” lifestyle caused the rise in popularity of “breakfast for dessert.” Plus, who can pass up a cupcake with a strip of bacon on it?
Grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Upgrade your typical lunchbox-style PB&J by sticking it on the grill or placing it in a Panini press. The bread will crunch, but the peanut butter and jelly will be warm and gooey, literally melting in your mouth. But be warned, this sandwich will be messy. If you want a neater alternative, toasting the slices of bread and putting peanut butter and jelly on them while they’re still warm will give a similar effect, but it just won’t taste as good.
Grilled cheese and apples. Cheese and apples have been seen before on pizza, but this is a great way to make a single-portion meal you’ll love (and that will help you reach your recommended fruit intake for the day). This combination works best with cheddar, but a strong second choice would be Swiss. If you don’t want the full crunch of the apple but like the idea of the apple flavor in a grilled cheese, lather on a layer of apple sauce to your sandwich!
Deep-fried Oreos. Definitely not something that you’ll want to eat often, since they aren’t exactly the healthiest thing you can put in your body, but definitely worth trying if you’re going to a carnival or festival this summer. It tastes like a little glazed donut with an Oreo in the center, but served hot. If you aren’t used to fried food, be warned that they’re pretty greasy and eating too many of them might make you feel bloated, so eat in moderation!
A classic sandwich and guacamole. An easy way to add excitement to any meat sandwich is to add a layer of guacamole as a substitute for mayonnaise or mustard. Avocado has more health benefits than most other condiments and contains healthy fats that will give you enough energy to get through the day. A grilled chicken or turkey sandwich is probably the best choice for adding guacamole, but it also works with burgers and wraps. The “California flair” in food is great for summer, since the added ingredients give a spicy kick and extra flavor to even the simplest foods.
There you have it, a few food combinations that add some variety to your diet and prevent meal routines from getting stale. Let us know about some of your own favorites, and tell us some of the strangest or most interesting combos you’ve tried!