8 Weird Food Combos We Just Can't Understand

by Sa'iyda Shabazz
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With there being a limitless combination of foods out there, it is inevitable that people are going to have differing opinions on what tastes good. Taste in food — just like taste in literally anything — is completely subjective. What tastes good to one person may or may not taste good to someone else. And while this is all perfectly fine, there are some food combinations that are nothing short of gross.

Of course, there are different factors to what it makes the combo gross, whether it be the ingredients themselves or merely the fact that someone decided two “conflicting” foods needed to be put together. One thing is certain, though: these gross food combos will surely make you throw up in your mouth a little. Or at very least, say WTF.


Look, everyone is obviously entitled to eat whatever they want. If you want to put a bunch of weird shit in your body, well, no one can stop you. But seriously, some of these food combinations give me cause for concern.

1. Peanut Butter And Mayo Sandwiches

Yes, really. No, I don’t know how the people at Hellman’s and the people at Skippy got together, but this monstrosity from the ’60s has recently resurfaced and…yuck. The ’60s were a notorious time for weird food combos, but this one takes the cake.

2. Peanut Butter And Pickles

To upgrade your peanut butter and mayo sandwiches, add pickles. Seriously. Some people actually do this. As delicious and well-liked as peanut butter is, that doesn’t means it’s immune from weird food combos either. Aside from the previously mentioned peanut butter and mayo sandwiches, the things people will slather our old standby on is limitless apparently, including:

If you’re looking to expand your peanut butter experience, you can try pairing it with:

— Green olives

— Jalapenos

— Vegemite, which is a spread made of veggies with a similar consistency to peanut butter

3. Oatmeal Cookie And Tuna Sandwich

Apparently, people also like doing weird shit with their tuna. While some may consider tuna casserole gross (I am one of those people), that’s mild compared to an oatmeal cookie and tuna sandwich; basically an oatmeal creme pie but with tuna instead of creme.


4. Ketchup On Everything

What in the world have you done to your taste buds that makes them decide that ketchup belongs on just about everything? Yes, ketchup is fine in theory, and it tastes fine I guess, but it doesn’t belong on everything (especially hot dogs — mustard is king here).

I’ve heard of people putting ketchup on things like potato chips, mac and cheese, spaghetti, and mixed with hummus on top of a veggie burger (yeah, I don’t know either).

When it comes to gross flavor combinations, condiments account for a good amount of what makes the combo gross. Remember folks, condiments are meant to complement your meal, not be the meal.

5. Mayo and Fries

I thought it was weird when I heard that people dip their fries in mayo. My first thought was, “Why would you want to ruin the world’s most perfect food with something like mayo?” But, it’s a thing. Then again in comparison to some things people eat with mayo, fries seem downright normal.

6. Mayo In Other Places It Doesn’t Belong

Here are some other gross things people eat with mayo:

— Tortilla chips

Pear “salad” where you combine mayo and shredded cheddar and put it in the center of a halved pear topped with a cherry.


7. Mayo And Ketchup

I also have to wonder…what’s the obsession with mayo? That is a surefire way to make something gross. It’s thick, it doesn’t smell particularly pleasant, and it makes disgusting sounds when it leaves the jar. You know what I mean, that gushy “plop” sound. You know you just heard it. I shudder at the thought.

So many people like to combine mayo and ketchup that condiment (mostly ketchup) company Heinz has made its own version called “Mayochup.” The name sounds like the sound you may make when you throw up this monstrosity.

8. “Alternative” Meats

Some people really like eating “alternative” meats. Meaning, they like to eat meat not as it is designed to be consumed. Potted meat, which is ground or minced meat that comes in a can (and resembles cat food honestly) spread on a cracker is one way. Or headcheese (which is bits like pig snout and intestines preserved in gelatin) with lime is another beyond gross food combo.

Again, I’m not here to harsh any vibes here. More often than not, the people who eat these gross (or just weird) food combos will admit that they understand why others consider them gross. Being aware is half the battle most of the time. They may be gross, but who are we to say what others should find tasty?

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