Two great tastes that taste terrible together
May 7, 2010 8:18 PM   Subscribe

What are some terrible flavor combinations?

Help me come up with some combination of flavors that taste awful together! I'm looking for combinations that most people would find awful, not just personal idiosyncracy. Orange juice and toothpaste, for instance (though I'd prefer actual cooking ingredients).

My wife and I were playing this game, and it's harder than you'd think! It seems like there's always some way to make two flavors go together. I'd say, 'kim chee and chocolate,' and she'd say, 'What, you never had the candied kim chee with cocoa nibs at Seoul Garden downtown? It's fantastic!' (Ok, that specific conversation never happened, but you get the idea)

Maybe garlic and vanilla? I dunno, maybe if you oven-roasted the garlic, and puréed it with a vanilla-infused cream...
posted by molybdenum to Food & Drink (91 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Chocolate and onion?
posted by randomname25 at 8:20 PM on May 7, 2010

Caramelized onions and Caramel?
posted by umbú at 8:21 PM on May 7, 2010

Beer and mint chewing gum.
posted by backwards guitar at 8:23 PM on May 7, 2010

Red wine and peppermint schnapps.
posted by deludingmyself at 8:24 PM on May 7, 2010

I once made trail mix with chunks of salami, provolone, and chocolate. It was... wrong.
posted by bondcliff at 8:25 PM on May 7, 2010 [2 favorites]

lemon juice and milk
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 8:25 PM on May 7, 2010 [3 favorites]

Sauerkraut and ice cream?
posted by umbú at 8:25 PM on May 7, 2010

Asparagus and wine. (well, some wines.)
posted by cabingirl at 8:25 PM on May 7, 2010

Mayonnaise and cinnamon
Broccoli and grape jelly
pickles and vanilla pudding
tuna and chocolate sauce
posted by rmless at 8:26 PM on May 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

Strawberries and Mustard.
posted by gauche at 8:29 PM on May 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Wow, red wine and peppermint schnapps sounds terrible! Nicely done. And provolone (any cheese, now that I think of it) and chocolate sounds like a bad idea.

I kinda suspect balsamic-caramelized onions and chocolate could work, though. A challenge for the weekend!
posted by molybdenum at 8:29 PM on May 7, 2010

Peanut butter and mint.

Vinegar and cinnamon.

Oranges and dill.
posted by maudlin at 8:32 PM on May 7, 2010

Response by poster: Eeeww, tuna with chocolate sauce! Broccoli with grape jelly!

Man, this is fun!

Turns out lots of people make sauerkraut ice cream. Sounds disgusting to me, though.
posted by molybdenum at 8:35 PM on May 7, 2010

Jello and ham!
posted by Verdandi at 8:36 PM on May 7, 2010

Prunes and Parsley...the breakfast of nincompoops.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 8:40 PM on May 7, 2010 [2 favorites]

My dad and a roommate of his had a bet in college than any two things that taste great separately taste great together.

Disproving the theory was the combination of chocolate and anchovies.
posted by mollymayhem at 8:41 PM on May 7, 2010

Altoids and coffee.
posted by jferg at 8:46 PM on May 7, 2010

You could still make some of these work, I bet. For tuna and chocolate, how about tuna steaks in a mole sauce (has chocolate as an ingredient). For vinegar and cinnamon, how about chicken adobo simmered with chinese 5-spice powder?
posted by insectosaurus at 8:46 PM on May 7, 2010

I opened a bottle of wine this evening and it was salty. Really, really gross. You know how just before you throw up, your mouth fills up with saliva? It had that effect on me.

I made sangria with lots and lots and lots of fruit and it's all good.

Also, someone once dared me to put Sriracha sauce on chocolate cake and it was not good. It was the vinegar that was the problem, I think, not the heat.
posted by zinfandel at 8:49 PM on May 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

Toothpaste and Orange Juice. Trust.
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos at 8:50 PM on May 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

I invented a cocktail - a Tartan Dragon - a celebration of my Scottish heritage and my Chinese spouse - that's scotch and soy source. It won no prizes.
posted by the noob at 8:50 PM on May 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

Also, cream cheese or mascarpone cheese can go quite well with chocolate, as in chocolate cheese cake or tiramisu.
posted by randomname25 at 8:50 PM on May 7, 2010

Maybe garlic and vanilla?
I had raw garlic and vanilla ice cream at the the Gilroy Garlic Festival and for a brief period couldn't imagine a world without garlic flavored ice cream. That being said, I can't imagine how you could make ketchup and yogurt work. Argh! Yogurt is kind of like mayo, so you'd probably end up with a Big Mac secret sauce kind of thing . . . so I guess it works.
posted by defreckled at 8:52 PM on May 7, 2010

Pineapple and alfredo sauce.
posted by rachaelfaith at 8:54 PM on May 7, 2010

Butterscotch pudding and olives.

(This is fun!)
posted by miratime at 8:59 PM on May 7, 2010

Dried cranberries and salami. (I accidentally had this bite at lunch today. Shudder-inducing.)
posted by pineapple at 9:01 PM on May 7, 2010

as a kid I mixed orange juice and cherry kool aid. The result was surprisingly vile.
posted by reverend cuttle at 9:02 PM on May 7, 2010

Pabst Blue Ribbon and Smirnoff vodka. (Pabst-smir!)

Bullion and jalapeno jelly.
posted by notsnot at 9:04 PM on May 7, 2010 [2 favorites]

Kool-aid (any flavor) and chocolate.

Oatmeal and cheese whiz.
posted by bolognius maximus at 9:06 PM on May 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

Espresso and diet coke.
I tried this once thinking it might be nice, but the flavor is really disgusting.
posted by w0mbat at 9:06 PM on May 7, 2010

Citrus and dairy - such as lemon juice and milk. (but then you go off on a tangent and get key lime it depends.)
posted by missmary6 at 9:11 PM on May 7, 2010

You're right, it's harder than it seems...

lemon juice and milk: Yum

Insectosaurus has good suggestions on tuna and chocolate and vinegar and cinnamon.

Definitely some cheeses can go with chocolate, especially the ones randomname25 mention.

How about cantaloupe and mustard?
posted by odin53 at 9:12 PM on May 7, 2010

Kiwi with marinara sauce. Actually I think just about any fruit would taste hideous with a nice, zesty marinara sauce.

Kiwi with truffle oil.
posted by wondermouse at 9:21 PM on May 7, 2010

As a kid I mixed chocolate syrup and coke. I thought "hey, two things I love, in the same glass!" No. I threw up soon after, and couldn't drink coke for several years.
posted by sanka at 9:24 PM on May 7, 2010

Tomato and lime.
posted by bonobothegreat at 9:33 PM on May 7, 2010

Tomato and lime.

Lots of great tasting salsas are made with tomato and lime.
posted by rancidchickn at 9:38 PM on May 7, 2010 [2 favorites]

Sweet potatoes and fish paste.

Lox and licorice.
posted by Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld at 9:45 PM on May 7, 2010

Rosemary and banana.
posted by threeants at 9:51 PM on May 7, 2010

Rosemary and banana.

Yet pineapple and basil makes an awesome and popular gelato.

Not awesome: sesame oil and cherries.
posted by maudlin at 9:59 PM on May 7, 2010

Orange juice and bananas.
posted by kylej at 10:01 PM on May 7, 2010

Pralines and dick.
posted by ludwig_van at 10:05 PM on May 7, 2010 [7 favorites]

Sushi with wasabi, green chile, and a generous helping of melted cheddar on top.
posted by yohko at 10:17 PM on May 7, 2010

I seem to recall Oscar the Grouch would order "Sardine Ice Cream" from Mr. Hooper's store on occasion.

Peppermints and Mustard.
Ketchup and Pears.
Pixi Stix and salt.
Grape Nuts and Grape Nuts.
posted by Quarter Pincher at 10:30 PM on May 7, 2010

Ooo. caesar salad dressing and chocolate syrup... lost a bet...
posted by mcarlson85 at 10:44 PM on May 7, 2010

Pabst Blue Ribbon and Smirnoff vodka.

Oh god no. I've tried that too. Also, one time, Turning Leaf zinfandel and Burnett vodka. (Although since neither of those are exactly palatable on their own, I don't suppose it counts.)

For an actual contribution to the thread: Grapefruit and steamed cabbage.
posted by magnificent frigatebird at 10:53 PM on May 7, 2010

I have to say that the overwhelming majority of these suggestions sound pretty awesome to me (also Grape Nuts rule). I'm plotting roasted, caramelized banana with rosemary RIGHT NOW. Unfortunately my boyfriend isn't a fan of cooked banana.

That said (so as to follow the posting guidelines), I once made stew with zucchini and beans (probably pintos or something) and it was absolutely awful. I think that might have just been the zucchini though.
posted by R343L at 11:01 PM on May 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

spinach and oreo ice cream?
posted by anitanita at 11:12 PM on May 7, 2010

oreos and gravy.
posted by anitanita at 11:18 PM on May 7, 2010 [3 favorites]

I like oreos. :)
posted by anitanita at 11:19 PM on May 7, 2010

Garlic and Peanut Butter

Interestingly, spearmint and chocolate taste awful together. I think wintergreen and chocolate do, too. It's curious considering how good peppermit and chocolate are together.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:35 PM on May 7, 2010

pecan pie and red wine
posted by kbuxton at 11:38 PM on May 7, 2010

Nutella and olives. Porkchops and red meat. Marshmallow and Kraft cheese.
posted by teremala at 11:38 PM on May 7, 2010

Yet pineapple and basil makes an awesome and popular gelato.

That's why basil is the pestoey ambrosia of the gods and rosemary is the devil's potpourri.
posted by threeants at 11:55 PM on May 7, 2010

Mayonnaise and anything else.

Spam and red licorice.

Radishes and chocolate cream pie.

Kim chee and salami.
posted by motown missile at 12:04 AM on May 8, 2010

Red bull and anything. Seriously, instant vomit.

Licorice and olives.

I'm thinking that most processed meats (salami, prosciutto, bologna, sopressata) would be disgusting with chocolate.

As a kid I mixed chocolate syrup and coke. I thought "hey, two things I love, in the same glass!" No.

Really? I love chocolate coke--especially chocolate coke floats. So good.
posted by MeghanC at 12:23 AM on May 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

Have been playing this game too. Fun.

One German chocolate manufacturer sells a 77% cocoa contents chocolate with sea salt and sun-dried tomato. Honestly, it's awful.

Any sort of fatty smoked fish and a tanny, oaky heavy red wine would do the trick as well.

And dark chocolate and light, bitter beer.

I'm also not really fond of the effect when you cut an apple for your daily apple-nuts-yogurt-breakfast on a plank that's seen garlic.

Last: a shocking burger I once had, topped with guacamole and half-soft French-style goat cheese. Bonus: after a few bites it also looked disgusting, green, red and white ooze.
posted by Namlit at 1:38 AM on May 8, 2010

I was once served as an amuse bouche at a michelin two star a candied anchovy stuffed olive.
posted by JPD at 3:06 AM on May 8, 2010

Butterscotch pudding and smoked oysters.
Don't ask how I know...
posted by Thorzdad at 5:34 AM on May 8, 2010

Custard and gravy.
We dubbed it "CRAVY", but strangely, we didn't crave it very much after actually trying it.
posted by metaphorical at 5:38 AM on May 8, 2010

Custard and gravy.

But if you like custard and fish sticks, you just may be 907 years old.
posted by maudlin at 5:58 AM on May 8, 2010

Discovery from last night: toothypaste-y mouth and rosé wine.
posted by zoomorphic at 7:03 AM on May 8, 2010

My kids report to me that at the self-serve soda dispensers, root beer and orange soda is not a winning combination.
posted by drlith at 7:18 AM on May 8, 2010

Sadly, red wine and peppermint schnapps comes from experience - very early in my dating & drinking history. Thoroughly disgusting. My now-husband and I couldn't even look at toothpaste for a week afterwards.
posted by deludingmyself at 7:37 AM on May 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

Tuna and butterscotch on marble rye.
posted by pentagoet at 7:50 AM on May 8, 2010

To those of you saying garlic and peanut butter, what about Thai peanut sauce? My version always has both those and is yum!
posted by peacheater at 7:57 AM on May 8, 2010 [3 favorites]

Peanut butter and coffee don't play well together.

(Except, weirdly, in coffee ice cream covered with peanut butter sauce)
posted by oinopaponton at 8:34 AM on May 8, 2010

chocolate syrup and ketchup.
posted by anniecat at 9:06 AM on May 8, 2010

Bubble gum and caviar.
posted by thebrokedown at 9:45 AM on May 8, 2010

Nuts and gum - together at last!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 10:39 AM on May 8, 2010

Milk with alka-seltzer. (I was an inquisitive kid)
posted by pablocake at 10:59 AM on May 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

Vegemite and wasabi peas
posted by Confess, Fletch at 11:30 AM on May 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

Gin and grape juice.
posted by usonian at 12:09 PM on May 8, 2010

This comment mentions a Butterscotch and Relish Omelet.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 12:09 PM on May 8, 2010

I tried this and thought it would be delicious:

sesame seeds sprinkled on top of popcorn

Surprisingly disgusting. Really horrible.
posted by eye of newt at 1:01 PM on May 8, 2010

No one has mentioned chocolate frosting and kosher dill pickles. This is not good.
posted by fiercekitten at 1:12 PM on May 8, 2010

Cantaloupe blended with milk. It SOUNDS fine and normal and good, but it made me want to throw up. (There's a place near Tai Da in Taipei where they'll put any deliciously fresh fruit with milk and ice for you in a blender, a great thing in the subtropical heat. But this combination is NOT A WINNER. I threw it out despite the killer temperatures and my thirst. Gah!)

Coffee and tea, at least in my experience.

Salsa (spice in general) and cola (carbonated things in general).

I agree with peacheater--garlic and peanuts/peanut butter can be fine together.

I don't agree with eye of newt--shichimi togarashi, which usually has toasted sesame seeds, is dandy on popcorn, although not on popcorn that's coated with fake butter.

It's harder to remember things that didn't work out than things that did, honestly, like that balsamic vinegar chocolate, or balsamic vinegar/caramel gelato, or cheese and kimchi, or curry powder/mashed potatoes...
posted by wintersweet at 1:33 PM on May 8, 2010

Cappuccino with cinnamon, powdered chocolate - and salt. (I tried it once at a cafe, because they had put salt in a small bowl, next to the sugar cubes.)
Tea mixed with coffee.
Ice cream with melted butter.
Chopped liver and chocolate.
Milk and vinegar.
posted by iviken at 1:34 PM on May 8, 2010

My brother made a grape pie once, said it was GRAPE!!!!! flavored.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 2:40 PM on May 8, 2010

Coffee and licorice -- tastes like kerosene.
posted by camcgee at 2:54 PM on May 8, 2010

Chocolate and the flavor of bubble gum really don't go well together. I forget who, but some writer mentioned it offhand.

This thread is neato mosquito, even if some of the proposed combos are actually ones I kinda like.
posted by ifjuly at 4:01 PM on May 8, 2010

a failed dessert this weekend taught me that strawberries and kahlua don't go. I put both on vanilla ice cream, and each went nicely wirth the ice cream, but any mouthful with the berry and liquer together was blea. Luckily I had plied my boyfriend with enough whiskey that he didn't really notice, and I wasn't going to say anything.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 12:35 AM on May 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

Angel food cake with white clam sauce.
posted by vers at 6:47 AM on May 9, 2010

Mashed potatoes and with fruit mashed in - any fruit. Why, god, why?
posted by Lesser Shrew at 11:17 AM on May 9, 2010 [2 favorites]

A certain young gourmet of Crediton
Took some pate de foie gras and spread it on
A chocolate biscuit
And murmured "I'll risk it!"
His tomb bears the date that he said it on.
posted by Logophiliac at 2:50 PM on May 9, 2010 [3 favorites]

mustard and milk -- I remember being taught to mix these to induce vomiting in a Boy Scout first aid class.
Peas and Captain Crunch?
Jagermeister and Caramel?
Oreos and Chile con Queso?
posted by cross_impact at 12:48 PM on May 10, 2010

Skittles and M&M's
while they look the same mixed in jar together, the texture/taste difference is a grossout.
posted by alight at 11:20 PM on May 11, 2010 [1 favorite]

I'm still convinced that there must be a way to eat peanut butter with the last 1/3 of a bag of tortilla chips. So far no dice with yellow, white "restaurant style," or blue, but the dream lives on. Peanuts are legumes, for christ sake, why won't this work?

Chedddar cheese is amazing on apple pie, but a really terrible idea with angel food cake.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 8:21 PM on May 12, 2010 [1 favorite]

FWIW, heat and chocolate are a classic. I happen to loathe mole sauce, but that's the way chocolate was first eaten and, in my upbringing, what you put on many entrees including Thanksgiving turkey. Of course, I do like Altoids and coffee - but that's not according to the rules because I hate coffee.

Also, some of the older cookbooks I have indicate that ice cream was originally a savory, not a sweet. This isn't entirely clear, though. Some ice-cream specialty shops make gravy-type flavors. By gravy-type, I mean the unsweetened ice-cream took the place of fat and dairy and thickener, and was seasoned with peppers and thyme and what have you.

You and your wife, molybdenum, are a fun couple. Are you planning a potluck from hell? (Excepting the apalling food-waste, that would be a hilarious party.)

I was at a buffet yesterday thinking of what wouldn’t go with what so thanks for that. This is also a great way to pass time when you’re babysitting (or with your own kids, I guess, if you have them.)
posted by Lesser Shrew at 7:40 AM on May 16, 2010

I just came across this site while searching for something else and I've been in hysterics over some of these combinations :-)

I know it's a bit late to reply now as the posts are over 2 months old, but my suggestions would be

Kippers and custard,

Sardines boiled in cocoa.

And my uncle actually used to eat sandwiches made from sardines and raspberry jam !
posted by Barking_Mad at 7:15 PM on July 28, 2010

Just this morning I had a butter and pickle sandwich. That's the category of things that sound repulsive but are actually quite tasty.
posted by Deathalicious at 12:22 AM on July 31, 2010

When I was a kid my next door neighbor used to eat scrambled eggs and grape jelly. Is this common? The sight disgusted me.
posted by Splunge at 8:00 AM on July 31, 2010

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