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What food do you love on its own but detest when mixed with something else?

The top two on my list:

1. Coconut: I love raw coconut right out of the shell, but I find the taste of coconut sickening when mixed in with something else like cake or cookies.

2. Peanut butter: Love it straight out of the jar, but can't eat it when baked into a cookie for example.

What are your "favorite" foods which cannot be mixed with other foods?

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  1. I love garlic and love mashed potatoes, but I don't like garlic mashed potatoes.

    1. This isn't quite what you were looking for, but mint and chocolate. Love mint, and will eat it with some other foods, but put it with chocolate and it becomes...well, what? It's not exactly toothpaste, but it sure isn't candy, either.

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      1. re: Isolda

        My first thought, except for me, I love chocolate, but not with mint!

        1. re: Isolda

          Love choc and mint, but choc and raspberry is just plain gross to me. Chocolate and orange is even more gross.

          1. re: gordeaux

            Same here! I really dislike any fruit flavor with chocolate. The only exception is chocolate covered fresh strawberries or bananas. I would rather eat them separately but they're not bad together.

            1. re: eatswjoy

              I like mint, orange, sour cherry, and raspberry with chocolate but cannot abide strawberry and chocolate. Tastes vomitous to me.

          2. re: Isolda

            For me, the yuck is chocolate with orange. Love both separately, but not together.

            1. re: pine time

              Thanks pine time! I forgot about chocolate with orange. Revolting! Have you ever had those chocolate "Terry" oranges? (chocolate shaped like an orange with separate slices etc.). Bleccchhh! as they say in Mad magazine.

              1. re: john333

                Hear, hear! I can eat [dark] chocolate with coconut, with raspberry, with mint, with peanut butter...but ORANGE! >P

                1. re: Michelly

                  All I can say that you all need to try the Mandarin Chocolate ice cream at Toscanini's in Cambridge MA. Unbelievable.

                  1. re: Michelly

                    Oh, I forgot about coconut. These do go well together. I just made some home-made "Almond Joys" using semi-sweet chocolate chips this week. Mmmmm!


                2. re: pine time

                  Me too, orange and chocolate. Why?

              2. Ditto on the coconut. This may be a little off the topic, but I love almonds but hate marzipan and almond flavoring.

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                1. re: escondido123

                  Hmm, I love marzipan, but can't stand it with chocolate. Love both separately, though.

                  1. re: pine time

                    I love marzipan. But why pair it with chocolate? Then you can't TASTE the marzipan!

                2. Mangoes. I like them as they are, but am starting to give up on enjoying them in a dish. I've tried it in stews salsas and salads, and it always not only tastes out of place to me, but loses its original flavor, becoming muddier.

                  1. Corn! I love buttery, salty corn on the cob, but I hate corn when it's mixed with other foods. Ugh, like corn in chowder or salsa or in a batch of mixed vegetables.

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                    1. re: Whinerdiner

                      I am exactly the same with corn. I thought of this immediately but decided I would first look to see if anyone else shared it!

                      1. re: obsessed with food

                        I'm totally with you on the corn! Love it on the cob in the summer, but hate it as an ingredient in anything.

                    2. Bananas. I like bananas but I don't like them in anything (except banana bread, and then only if it's not too banana-y), nor do I like banana flavoring.

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                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        With you on the bananas.

                        Lemons- love it in iced tea or savory dishes but i don't like it in desserts- especially bars or cookies.

                        Rice. Love it steamed, buttered, pilaf, not a huge fan of fried rice but like it occasionally, but show me rice pudding or risotto and it's flat-out hard not to gag. Horchata to me is an abomination- added cinnamon makes it something that makes me gag just wriitng about it. Not sure why.

                        1. re: EWSflash

                          I hear ya on the rice pudding. Makes me gag...

                          I do like risotto though.

                        2. re: Ruth Lafler

                          I'll third the bananas. And banana flavoring is the worst.

                        3. Chocolate covered cherries. Of course I love chocolate--who doesn't? But I don't like any chocolate covered cherry I have ever tried.

                          And I don't like raisins in anything, although I would eat them plain.

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                          1. re: sueatmo

                            Chocolate covered cherries and coconut-filled chocolates are my least favorite of any. Love all the ingredients (and sour cherries with chocolate in a cake) but not as confections.

                            1. re: sueatmo

                              I'm with you on both counts - cannot abide chocolate-covered cherries or raisins in anything.

                            2. i agree about peanut butter. i like it, w/ a little salt on bread. not w/ jelly or honey or bananas or bacon. not w/ chocolate.

                              1. Anything made into a dip. Love spinach, crab, artichoke, etc., but can't stand any of its dip forms!

                                1. The interesting thing though is I like peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches even though the peanut butter is salty and the jelly is sweet.

                                  But it has to be on plain white "wonder" bread.

                                  On the other hand, the smell of peanut butter on hot toasted bread makes me feel nauseous!

                                  1. Oranges come to mind. I love oranges out of hand, and the juice (fresh squeezed), but cannot stand it in breads, sauces, etc, even just a bit of the zest.

                                    Scotch also comes to mind. I'm a straight up, no mixer type.

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                                    1. re: pinehurst

                                      +1 on the scotch. champagne too - please keep the OJ out of mine!

                                      1. I actually love coconut when it's used for sweet things like macaroons and pie. I can't stand it when it is used in savory dishes for example coconut curry.

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                                        1. re: LorenM

                                          Ditto for me, and I'm that way with ginger too. I love candied ginger, ginger tea, ginger ice cream...basically anything where it is the main flavor. I don't really like it in things like curries...I can eat it but something about it just turns me off. I'm pretty sure I would hate chocolate covered ginger too.

                                          1. re: Fromageball

                                            I'm pretty sure I would hate chocolate covered ginger too.
                                            as long as it's dark chocolate, i'll gladly take your share!

                                        2. I'm the opposite with peanut butter! I love it in ice cream, cake, cookies, and candy, but I'm not a fan of eating it plain, and not a fan of PB&J sandwiches.

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                                          1. I forgot to mention peppers. I love raw peppers - all colors. Especially red pepper slices topped with fresh basil leaves. It tastes like licorice, so good.

                                            But...I hate cooked peppers in sauces, especially spaghetti sauce. Yuck

                                            1. Sour cream. I love it cold, in dips, on baked potato, on tacos, etc. If it is an ingredient in a cooked dish, it almost immediately makes me sick. No idea why, but never fails.

                                              1. I love melted cheese on most things but I can't stand cheeseburgers. Weird but true.

                                                1. i third the pb. pb cookies or any other pb dessert is awful to me. i do love pb in savory dishes though, or peanuts.
                                                  chocolate mixed with other flavors
                                                  caramel mixed with other flavors
                                                  coconut curry is not my favorite thing

                                                  pickles chopped up and added to things

                                                  1. Love pinenuts, olive oil, basil an parmesan but can not abide pesto. I'm a riddle even to myself.

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                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                        Sage pesto is yummy. I like homemade basil pesto too but when it's commercially made it is too over powering. I usually won't order it in a restaurant for this reason.

                                                        1. re: twodales

                                                          My sage is overly plentiful--would love to try pesto. Do you have a recipe? TIA

                                                          1. re: lexuschef

                                                            For Lexuschef

                                                            Gladly shared:
                                                            Sage Pesto

                                                            About 25 sage leaves, washed and patted dry
                                                            1 garlic clove
                                                            About 1 ounce or a bit less peeled almonds
                                                            About 3 Tablespoons+a bit of Pecorino
                                                            2 T olive oil

                                                            Note: easily doubled, just adjust to your taste. You can substitute other nuts: pine or walnuts for example and Parmesan works just as well instead of the Romano cheese

                                                            I use a mini processor for this and it works just great.

                                                            This is good sandwiched between sauteed pork tenderloin patties. I think it would be equally good with chicken, turkey or pasta.

                                                            I hope you like it.

                                                            1. re: twodales

                                                              Thanks so much--Looking forward to trying it!!

                                                    1. Any cold cereal. We have about 15 kinds of cereal in play now, and I won't mix any of them. In fact, I started a thread on this very subject and the responses were quite entertaining.

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                                                      1. re: Bob W

                                                        Oh, yes...cereal, hot or cold, should not have any fruit on it except raisins.

                                                        1. re: Michelly

                                                          now THAT is an interesting one. IMO, raisins only belong in oatmeal or raisin bran, but i'll gladly take other fruits - fresh or dried - in many cereals, both hot and cold.

                                                      2. pickles. you put a jar of Wickle's or plate of any other kind of pickle in front me, and i will go to town on them.

                                                        but i hate them in sandwiches and burgers.

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                                                        1. re: Jelly71

                                                          Same here. Relish is an abomination.

                                                          1. re: Jelly71

                                                            Send them my way :) I get weird looks when I order cheeseburgers because I only want mayo and (extra) dill pickles. It sounds disgusting even to me but I love it! That also happens to be the only time I like mayo.

                                                          2. Nuts. I love to munch on nuts but hate nuts in ice cream, cookies, cakes, etc.

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                                                            1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                              how about savory dishes, like toasted nuts on a salad?

                                                                1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                  Exactly the same- nuts on their own or in savory foods only. Do not mix nuts and sweets!

                                                                  1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                    That's a pretty broad statement. So no Snickers, Almond Joy, Peanut M&Ms, no peanut butter and jelly, I guess German Chocolate is out and a gazillion types of breakfast cereal. I am kind of amazed by these kind of threads at how many CH'ers hate really common kinds of food. Me- I really like just about everything and love food in general.

                                                            2. I'm with you on peanut butter. I am repulsed when I see cross-hatching on cookies because they usually are peanut butter cookies. So glad they are easy to spot.

                                                              Reese's peanut butter cups---just plain bad.

                                                              Orange-flavored chocolate is another one. My husband loves those Terry chocolate oranges.

                                                              I like peppers of any shade except raw green peppers. Cooked is fine oddly enough.

                                                              1. I don't like the taste of ketchup and pickles together—on a hamburger, I choose one or the other. And I like the texture and bright acidity of pickles a little better, so ketchup usually gets the boot.

                                                                1. Cake with ice cream or pie with ice cream. Can't stand it if my cake or pie is made soggy with the ice cream.

                                                                  1. Pineapple. I love it fresh and cut into nice chunks to eat on it's own. One of my favorite fruits. But I hate it on meat, in salsas, in cakes, or candied in any way.

                                                                    1. I thought about this for the past 10, but drew a blank. There are many things I often eat lone, like nuts and just about all fruits, but they combine well. For something to qualify, it'd had to have a subtle flavor and/or a unique texture that would get lost when combined. That's where I drew a blank.

                                                                      I think some jumped the gun a bit with specific combinations (that don't work). Those are fairly easy.

                                                                      1. Thought of something else: Lobster mixed with other foods such as macaroni and cheese. I don't eat lobster that often but I prefer it plain with lemon and butter. Maybe a lobster roll or bisque is fine but it should be made so that the lobster is the center of attraction. It's not that it's distasteful, it just gets lost in the mix.

                                                                        1. Making hamburgers tonight, so remembered this one: love hamburgers and love cheese, but not a cheeseburger fan. Weird, huh?

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                                                                          1. re: pine time

                                                                            Me neither, never want cheese on a hamburger, love them both, don't "get" them together.

                                                                          2. Most citrus. I like the fruit, and sometimes the juice, but dislike lemon or orange or grapefruit with anything else.

                                                                            The on exception is lime, which I love squeezed on Mexican food

                                                                            1. Raisins. I like to snack on a box of raisins, but will gladly pick them out of any other food they've been stuck in.