9 Of The Strangest Regional Food Combinations
Banana and mayonnaise sandwiches, anyone?
There are plenty of strange food combinations out there, many we can attribute to strange pregnancy cravings or very happy accidents. There are some, however, that can be traced back to certain states or regions. Here are eight of the most “interesting” food combinations from the good ol’ U.S.A.:
1. Kool-Aid Pickles, also known as Koolickles
A favorite sweet-yet-salty treat in the South.
2. Pizza with Ranch Dressing
— Kevin Schenk (@imkschenk) May 3, 2013
Midwesterners are known for their friendly disposition, their accents, and most importantly considering Ranch dressing to be a “food group.”
3. Coca-Cola and Peanuts
Southerners like to jazz up their coke with something crunchy. This mix-in even got so popular that Coca-Cola asked an historian to investigate its origins.
4. Apple Pie with Cheese
The only thing more American than apple pie, according to those who hail from New England, is apple topped with… cheese?
5. Cinnamon Rolls and Chili
There seems to be a debate on where this combination initially came from, either Kansas or Nebraska, but regardless of birth place, it’s popular throughout all of the Midwest.
6. Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken and Waffles
Unlike the popular fried chicken version that’s a Southern favorite (and has taken brunch spots all over the country by storm), this Pennsylvanian version uses baked or boiled chicken. It’s still slathered in gravy though, so it’s only marginally healthier than the fried classic.
7. Garbage Plate
This delicacy from upstate New York is appropriately named; anything and everything is just dumped on there. You can customize your plate to be as full of garbage as you want–hash browns, mac salad, hamburger meat, hot dogs, mustard and more. And if this sounds delicious to you, you’re not alone. The Huffington Post wrote up an ode to the messy meal back in 2014.
8. SPAM Musubi
SPAM and sushi are both pretty popular in Hawaii, so a marriage between the two was meant to be.
9. Banana and Mayonnaise Sandwiches
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) March 14, 2014
Another gift from the South, that’s a favorite of NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. When an editor over at Esquire tried the concoction, it was described as if an “elementary-school kid vomited into your mouth after lunch.” Would you be brave enough to try this?