The Strangest (and Tastiest) Foodie Odd Couples We Love

February 3, 2016 | By | Comments (24)

Illustration: Christina Harrison

Admit it: We all have a fascination with one (or more) food couples that baffles even the people who know and love us most. I’m owning up to mine here and now.

Attention, everyone! I love mustard so much I just it on saltine crackers. I really love mustard. It’s basically the only condiment I use on sandwiches, hot dogs, and anything that requires a sauce. Ketchup gets a turn on my hamburgers from time to time, but I’d be content with just a dollop of mustard, a slice of cheese, and a thick wedge of red onions.

It started in elementary school. Mustard and packets of saltine crackers were (and still are, much to my delight) free at many fast-food restaurants. They kept them unguarded near the napkins, eating utensils, and ketchup pump. Walking into a restaurant and seeing those treasures was like striking gold! I’m certain I cost Wendy’s several hundred dollars on mustard packets and saltine cracker packs. (But, hey, thanks for feeding me!)

It seems we all have super sneaky (some more so than others) food obsessions that we just know no one will understand, except those people who love the same things. See some of our staff’s favorite food odd couples, and then share yours in the comments!

Baked potatoes with A1 sauce – Hagen Baker, Senior Designer

Pickles and peanut butter – Teresa Sabga, Fellow

Carrots and peanut butter – Rebecca Longshore, Assistant Digital Editor

Peanut butter shows up a lot in these couplings!

Peanut butter and bread-and-butter pickle sandwiches – I blame my mother for this one.  She used to eat them and being a curious child, I had to try what she was eating.  Sounds gross, but really good. – Alice Summerville, Assistant Managing Editor

Fig Balsamic Vinegar + Pizza – Kathleen Varner, Assistant Photo Editor

Chocolate covered potato chips – Hannah Klinger, Associate Editor

Hannah must not be the only one who craves this salty-sweet combo. We’ve seen big name brands (ahem, Trader Joes!) with their own variety of these.

Scrambled eggs and ketchup – Daniel Boone, Senior Digital Designer

Cottage cheese and gherkins – Matthew Moore, Community Manager of

Got a really great combo? Share it in the comments, and we’ll turn our favorites into downloadable Valentine’s Day cards!

More Valentine’s Day Ideas:


  1. Cathy B

    Butterscotch pudding and Orange slices!

    February 7, 2016 at 10:57 pm
  2. Cheri

    Hamburger with peanut butter and alfalfa sprouts

    February 7, 2016 at 5:31 pm
  3. Daniel Seccombe

    My wife likes savory(no sugar) French toast, ice cold with ketchup.

    February 7, 2016 at 3:54 pm
  4. Desiree

    I like honey on pizza and chocolate pop tarts with string cheese.

    February 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm
  5. Colleen

    Popcorn with mustard and ranch dressing to dip in

    February 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm
  6. Kathy G

    Peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches!

    February 7, 2016 at 11:54 am
  7. Liana

    Fried eggs and red wine vinegar,then slap it on 2 slices of soft white bread…not balsamic, that would be weird!
    I like my eggs well done, so not sure how good this is on runny yolks.

    February 7, 2016 at 10:13 am
  8. Terri

    Tuna Casserole with ketchup

    February 7, 2016 at 10:10 am
  9. ruth drozdek

    pickled beets and cottage cheese.. Yummy
    Garlic dressing on my pizza with giardinera
    Ketchup on my fried chicken

    February 7, 2016 at 3:23 am
  10. Siggy

    Boilded beets and avocado! Or you can make avocado mayo (grated avocado, alittle bit lemon juice, peper, salt, other slices you like) and mix it with beets 🙂 healthy and tasty

    February 7, 2016 at 12:10 am
  11. Breanne

    Sliced tomatoes and pickles.
    Balsamic vinaigrette dressing and a burger.
    Mustard and celery
    Ketchup and pretzels

    February 6, 2016 at 11:37 pm
  12. Janet

    Mama got me hooked on a peanut butter sandwich with sliced green olives.

    February 6, 2016 at 10:43 pm
  13. Debbie

    Mother made us french fries with Mrs. Butersworths syrup for a breakfast treat. Delicious to me to this day.

    February 6, 2016 at 10:04 pm
  14. Zina V

    Extra crispy hash browns with an over easy egg, ketchup, & grape jelly…yum.

    February 6, 2016 at 10:01 pm
  15. Aly Steigerwalt

    My husband loves Taylor ham (pork roll) and grape jelly

    February 6, 2016 at 9:49 pm
  16. Pam

    Dill pickles and ice cold milk.

    February 6, 2016 at 9:47 pm
  17. Jen Douglas

    French toast and ketchup.

    February 6, 2016 at 9:40 pm
  18. Ruth

    Salted French fries dipped in vanilla soft serve

    February 6, 2016 at 9:32 pm
  19. Joyce

    Soft serve ice cream with French fries!

    February 6, 2016 at 9:31 pm
  20. Bethany Brown

    Fritos and buttermilk. Apparently it’s a southern thing to eat cornbread and buttermilk (so my grandma told me). Fritos and buttermilk was her quick snack solution to that treat. I grew up eating it and now my 8 year old daughter is hooked too!

    February 6, 2016 at 9:28 pm
  21. Debbie

    Pickles and mustard

    February 6, 2016 at 9:26 pm
  22. Melissa

    Chili and dill pickles, in the chili. Chick fil a sandwiches with ketchup. Egg sandwiches with mustard. Chili and peanut butter sandwiches- a classic eastern Ohio combo.

    February 6, 2016 at 9:18 pm
  23. laxietoo

    Fritos and peanut butter. We used to have that all the time as an after school snack. Yum!

    February 6, 2016 at 4:06 pm
  24. Morgan riley

    – kethcup and rice
    – balsamic vinegar and kraft mac & cheese
    – red wine and m&m’s
    – pizza and ranch dressing

    February 4, 2016 at 7:50 am

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