If it’s one topic that can cause a heated discussion — it’s food. People have the weirdest takes — putting ketchup on spaghetti, cooking without salt, and eating pickles with peanut butter. Everyone has those strange combinations or unpopular foods that they enjoy. I compiled a list of ten of my own controversial food takes. 

  1. Mint ice cream doesn’t taste like toothpaste. In fact, it’s delicious, especially when paired with peanut butter. Toothpaste has a much stronger mint flavor and it’s more bitter than sweet. Mint ice cream has just the right amount of mint. When I tell people that I eat it with peanut butter, they think I’m crazy. But don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
  2. Anything vanilla-flavored is better than anything chocolate-flavored. People get seriously offended when I say I’ve never been a fan of chocolate. I’ve always preferred vanilla ice cream, cake, and just the flavor overall. It’s sweet and simple.
  3. Mayonnaise is the most revolting condiment. It smells gross, it tastes gross, and it shouldn’t exist. I feel very passionately about it. 
  4. Coffee is best when it hardly has anything in it. I’ll either add a splash of milk and creamer or a Stevia packet. Other than that, I like to taste the bitterness in my coffee. Too much milk and sugar can also drown out the flavor of the coffee beans.
  5. Cereal goes in first, then milk. That’s it. I don’t make the rules.
  6. Peanut butter on carrots is delicious. If you haven’t tried it, don’t immediately assume it’s gross. It’s similar to putting peanut butter on celery, except this tastes better because carrots are crunchy and sweet.
  7. Pasta is better with butter and no sauce. Sauce just ruins pasta for me. The only time it’s acceptable is in lasagna. 
  8. Coconut milk is the superior milk. Almond and oat milk taste good in coffee, but on their own, they taste horrible. Coconut milk is the only tolerable non-dairy milk for me. I could literally drink mugs full of it. 
  9. Oatmeal is the superior breakfast. Whether it’s hot, baked, or made as overnight oats, it will forever be the best breakfast. Nothing else compares.
  10. The order of meats goes like this: beef > pork > chicken > lamb > turkey. 

It’s always fun to learn about the odd food combinations that people come up with. The ones that I know of that cause the most heated discussions are ketchup on eggs, tea versus coffee, and pineapple on pizza. Regardless of how weird or disgusting these pairings may sound, maybe consider giving some of them a try. You may be surprised! Being experimental with food is always fun because you can discover new combinations that taste great. Still, I can admit that there are many hot food takes that I will never understand. Like peanut butter on pickles? Hard pass. Hey — more for those who like it. Who knows? That might be you.

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