Food is weird. Making good food is all about the right combinations of flavors. Some combinations work really well together, other ones… well… they simply don’t. The funny thing is, some of the flavor combinations you see really don’t look like they would work, yet they end up working very well.
In this list, I focus on some of the most common combinations of flavors in food. Most of them are extremely commonplace and you find them in all different types of dishes. I’ve tried to focus on flavor combinations that aren’t just specific to America, but there are a few here that you would only fine in America. But then again, that’s hardly surprising.
After all, each country has their own traditional food and has some things that you just don’t find elsewhere. For example, when I lived in China, I learned to love munching on pickled chicken feet while I drank beer!
Oh, and this is going to be an ongoing list that I add to over time, so please add your own ideas in the comment section. I’m sure the list is going to get crazier as time goes on, lol.
28. Peanut Butter and Chocolate
Reese’s Cups might be the classic example of peanut butter and chocolate, but the flavor combination can be found in all sorts of food. The high fat nature of both ingredients is probably one reason why the two flavors complement each other so well, although the saltiness of the peanut butter against the sweetness of the chocolate certainly doesn’t hurt anything.
27. Burger and Fries
If you order a burger just about anywhere, you will probably get fries along with it. There is just something about the two flavors that works so well. It doesn’t even matter what type of burger you ordered or what type of fries you have. Why is that?
26. Salted Caramel
Salt and caramel does not sound like it should work, but it actually does. Like many people, I actually prefer salted caramel to regular caramel because the sharpness of the salt makes the caramel seem a little bit less sickly sweet. Most of the time chocolate will be a third ingredient here, and complements the other two flavors perfectly.
25. Ham and Cheese
Ham and cheese is a great snack in its own right, but more often than not you see this flavor combination in cooking, such as ham and cheese muffins or a ham and cheese omelet. Lovely. Personally, I think the flavors of ham and cheese work best when the cheese is all melty and gooey.