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Combining Sweet and Salty Foods

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Pru Oct 7, 2002 12:38 PM

I love the combination of sweet and salty.

Some of my favorite combinations are:

Bananas with slices of either NY Sharp Cheddar Cheese or Port Salut Cheese.

Terra Yukon Gold Onion& Garlic Chips slathered with Ben & Jerry's Concession Obsession.

Fresh Cut watermelon sprinkled with salt.

What are you favorites?

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    Shoeman RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 12:43 PM

    Italian water ice and philadelphia soft pretzel.

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      Cristina RE: Shoeman Oct 8, 2002 08:07 PM

      A ripe mango, cubed...with salt, lemon juice, and powdered chile (NOT chile powder)...known to everyone in Mexico over the age of 2. Or papaya, or cantaloupe, or pineapple...same flavor hit. Bliss.

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        Pru RE: Cristina Oct 9, 2002 11:34 AM

        Something similiar that my Mom used to like to eat:

        Green(unripened) mango with a sugar, fish sauce, chili pepper paste.

        Combination sour, sweet, salty, spicy.

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      Paul Lukas RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 02:00 PM

      I've recently been trying dates wrapped in bacon -- oo-la-la!!

      -- Paul

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        archway RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 02:01 PM

        a bag of m&m's dumped into a bag of popcorn at the movies.

        french fries, heavy on the s&p, dipped in a chocolate shake.

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          DeeS. RE: archway Oct 7, 2002 02:20 PM

          Seconding the salty fries dipped in a chocolate shake! Even better in a Frosty! Yummy!!

          Hubby likes lemon wedges with salt on them. Ditto with watermelon.

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          Pru RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 02:05 PM

          I forgot to mention another of my favorites:

          The Cheese Medley Stoned Wheat Thins dipped in Nutella. Yummy goodness.

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            Lulu RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 02:10 PM

            chocolate covered pretzels and chasing salty french fries with milkshake.

            Another combination I love but is sweet and acidic rather than sweet and salty is chasing oreos with orange juice. YUM

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              kms RE: Lulu Oct 7, 2002 06:41 PM

              I was already thinking of a similar combination while reading these posts --- An ex-boyfriend of mine used to LOVE pouring orange juice over heaps of Haagen Daz chocolate ice-cream. I thought he was just trying to gross me out til I gave it a try. Now I convince others to taste it. MMM-mmmm.

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              Karl S. RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 02:16 PM

              A BLT with peanut butter instead of mayo. Heaven.

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                Sandi H. RE: Karl S. Oct 9, 2002 11:19 AM

                I love that combination, too-- minus the tomato, though. Other combos I crave: Potato pancakes with applesauce, and similarly, a crisp apple like Braeburn or Gala with potato chips; Chocolate ice cream with pretzels, and similarly-- chocolate-covered pretzels; Anything with chocolate/nuts/PB combination; Trailmix with raisins, salted peants and M&M's; and mild cheese (or cream cheese) on toast (or bagel) with jam. There are more I'm sure-- I think it's one of my favorite flavor combos.

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                Caitlin Wheeler RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 02:38 PM

                Cheddar Cheese with Chutney, Parmesan with honey.

                Microwave butter flavored popcorn dipped in hot fudge sauce.

                The usual suspects -- prosciutto and melon, bacon wrapped dates, etc.

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                  danna RE: Caitlin Wheeler Oct 8, 2002 11:51 AM

                  Ummm. How would you make a bacon wrapped date?

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                    Caitlin Wheeler RE: danna Oct 8, 2002 05:32 PM

                    You replace the date's pit with an almond, and wrap with bacon, secure with a toothpick, and bake until the bacon is crispy.

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                  M. Allen RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 04:07 PM

                  I like chocolate covered pretzels. Also salty fries dipped in honey or sweet & sour sauce. And sweet corn cake with salt sprinkled on it.

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                    Ruth Lafler RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 04:14 PM

                    Okay, one of my shameful little food secrets: tortilla chips dipped in sweetened condensed milk. Potato chips are good, too, but the sturdier tortilla chips hold up better.

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                      tastetest RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 7, 2002 07:29 PM

                      Very weird and inspiring! Do you use plain tortilla chips?

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                        Ruth Lafler RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 8, 2002 01:48 PM

                        Yes, plain tortilla chips, the kind you would eat with salsa, not anything with nacho cheese flavor or whatever. Although I have to admit I've never tried it with flavored chips. Might be good. I mean, when you're already doing something weird, why draw the line?

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                        jill RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 04:26 PM

                        Mexican mango lolly pops. They are mango in the middle and covered in lemon juice, salt and hot pepper. Ah my mouth waters.

                        Milk duds in pop corn at the movies, or KarmelKorn cheese/carmel popcorn mixture.

                        potato chip cookies. Anyone got a good recipe. My New Joy of Cooking doesn't have one!

                        peace, jill

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                          Stanley Stephan RE: jill Oct 7, 2002 04:53 PM

                          If this isn't it, enter potato chip cookies in the advanced search, exact match of google. There were over 700 hits.

                          But if this isn't it and you find the one you are looking for, hope you post the link.

                          What do they taste like?

                          Link: http://www.allhomemadecookies.com/rec...

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                            jill RE: Stanley Stephan Oct 8, 2002 05:57 AM

                            Thanks Stanley Stephen! These are them. They are sweet, with the crunchy saltiness of the chips. You never use stale chips, but the crumbs at the bottom of the bag are great!

                            peace, jill

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                          Donna - MI RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 04:30 PM

                          Toasted salt bagel with seedless blackberry preserves - at least on one half of it. Soft cream cheese on the other half. D.

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                            epicure-us RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 04:43 PM

                            feta and grapes
                            tajmolas (sp?), an indian (ayurvedic) candy/remedy/digestif

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                              Margret RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 05:37 PM

                              Breakfast sausages in pancake syrup

                              Banana and peanut butter sandwiches (didn't Elvis liked this one?)

                              Honey and fried chicken

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                                Pru RE: Margret Oct 7, 2002 05:49 PM

                                The sausages and syrup remind me of when I was kid - kinda.

                                When my Mom had to work late, my Dad used to serve me French Toast with Oscar Myer cheese filled hot dogs. With lots and lots of syrup. So very good but so very weird.

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                                galleygirl RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 05:42 PM

                                Okay, it _comes_ pre-combined, but lotus seed paste mooncakes with the two salty preserved egg yolks inside!

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                                  saucyknave RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 06:20 PM

                                  Ice cream (preferably chocolate) with salted nuts on top.

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                                    mirage RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 07:24 PM

                                    My favorite is the classic apple-with-a-salt-shaker. My husband eats his grilled cheese sandwhiches with jelly on top.
                                    -Cathy

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                                      tastetest RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 07:31 PM

                                      I once had a roommate who dipped chocolate chip cookies in sour cream and salsa.

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                                        christina z RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 08:46 PM

                                        Vegemite and jam on buttered toast.

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                                          Ron Rosenbaum RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 09:33 PM

                                          Scrapple with either maple syrup or ketchup.

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                                            Ron Rosenbaum RE: Ron Rosenbaum Oct 7, 2002 09:38 PM

                                            Potato latkes or matzo latkes, with granulated sugar sorinkled on top.

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                                            Val G RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 10:04 PM

                                            Black-eyed peas cooked in bacon and scallions
                                            in a bowl with chow chow relish.

                                            Alternating bites of very good dark chocolate with thin slices of very good salami.

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                                              mcwu RE: Val G Oct 7, 2002 10:49 PM

                                              I like to have hard salami with coffee cake, accompanied by a warm cup of green tea and milk.

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                                                Pat Hammond RE: Val G Oct 7, 2002 10:53 PM

                                                A favorite when I was a teenager was to pour a small bag of Planter's peanuts into a bottle of coke and drink/chew my way through it. I remember a lot of us thought it was good. I'll bet it still would be. Sweet and salty is a great combination.

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                                                  GG Mora RE: Pat Hammond Oct 8, 2002 12:58 PM

                                                  In fact, that very combo shows up in Ernest Matthew Mickler's "White Trash Cooking". I'd have to run upstairs and check to be absolutely sure, but I believe it's just called a "Pick Me Up".

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                                                    Pat Hammond RE: GG Mora Oct 8, 2002 02:08 PM

                                                    That's not surprising, considering I went to high school with Ernie Mickler in northern Florida in the late 50s! Pat

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                                                      flavrmeistr RE: Pat Hammond Oct 9, 2002 03:35 PM

                                                      I thought everybody did that thing w/ the peanuts. In Virginia, it's RC Cola instead of Coke.

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                                                jo RE: Pru Oct 7, 2002 11:44 PM

                                                Ruffles chips and shortbread cookies

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                                                  Fidelixi RE: Pru Oct 8, 2002 12:47 AM

                                                  Crisp Braeburn apples and manchego cheese.

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                                                    Margret RE: Pru Oct 8, 2002 01:31 AM

                                                    My son so enjoyed this thread that he wanted me to add his favorite:

                                                    oreo cookies dipped in processed nacho cheese (preferably ones from the movie theatre)

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                                                      chilibug RE: Pru Oct 8, 2002 08:51 AM

                                                      Alternating mouthfuls of potato chips and M&Ms. Not only does it have the whole sweet and salty thing going for it, it reminds me of every birthday party I went to during elementary school.

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                                                        lisa RE: Pru Oct 8, 2002 09:58 AM

                                                        armenian cracker bread (first run under water and dry with paper towel to make soft) with cheddar cheese and watermelon.

                                                        toast with peanut butter, cottage cheese and jelly (3 seperate layers, not all mixed together)!

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                                                          Fatemeh RE: Pru Oct 8, 2002 07:05 PM

                                                          This is a movie theatre favorite, but raisinettes with buttered popcorn, a 2 - 3 : handful ratio!

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                                                            Scooter Pie RE: Fatemeh Oct 9, 2002 09:32 PM

                                                            You just reminded me: Peanuts (salted, of course) and raisins!

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                                                            Meia Lua RE: Pru Oct 9, 2002 01:20 PM

                                                            Three faves:

                                                            -Manchego w Guava jelly

                                                            -Ripe mango with Bagoong (filipino fermented fish paste). Works even better with green mango, but that's tart rather than sweet.

                                                            -Aged Gouda, Greyere or Parm on a buttered Pan de Sal.

                                                            My wife eats all her fruit with salt.

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                                                              miss_mia RE: Pru Aug 2, 2005 09:38 PM

                                                              Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream. Brilliance.

                                                              Salted almonds and melted dark chocolate.

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                                                                miss_mia RE: Pru Aug 2, 2005 09:38 PM

                                                                Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream. Brilliance.

                                                                Salted almonds and melted dark chocolate.

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