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Combining Sweet and Salty Foods

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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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  1. Italian water ice and philadelphia soft pretzel.

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    1. re: Shoeman

      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.

      1. re: Cristina

        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.

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

      -- Paul

      1. 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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        1. re: archway

          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.

        2. I forgot to mention another of my favorites:

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

          1. 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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            1. re: Lulu

              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.

            2. A BLT with peanut butter instead of mayo. Heaven.

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              1. re: Karl S.

                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

                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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                1. re: Caitlin Wheeler

                  Ummm. How would you make a bacon wrapped date?

                  1. re: danna
                    Caitlin Wheeler

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

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

                  1. 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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                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

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

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        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?

                      2. 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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                        1. re: jill
                          Stanley Stephan

                          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...

                          1. re: Stanley Stephan

                            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

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

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

                            1. Breakfast sausages in pancake syrup

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

                              Honey and fried chicken

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                              1. re: Margret

                                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.

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

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

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

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

                                      1. Vegemite and jam on buttered toast.

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                                          Ron Rosenbaum

                                          Scrapple with either maple syrup or ketchup.

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                                          1. re: Ron Rosenbaum
                                            Ron Rosenbaum

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

                                          2. 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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                                            1. re: Val G

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

                                              1. re: Val G

                                                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.

                                                1. re: Pat Hammond

                                                  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".

                                                  1. re: GG Mora

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

                                                    1. re: Pat Hammond

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

                                              2. Ruffles chips and shortbread cookies

                                                1. Crisp Braeburn apples and manchego cheese.

                                                  1. 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)

                                                    1. 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.

                                                      1. 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)!

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

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                                                          1. re: Fatemeh

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

                                                          2. 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.

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

                                                              Salted almonds and melted dark chocolate.

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

                                                                Salted almonds and melted dark chocolate.