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Today at a food expo, one of the vendors was proudly sampling their curry white chocolate. It sounded strange, but interesting, so we tried a bite.

It WAS weird. It was definitely curry (sweet, not hot), and it was definitely white chocolate -- very sweet and creamy.

But it just ended up tasting like you'd dumped curry powder on a piece of white chocolate...one of the strangest flavor combinations I've ever tried. It wasn't bad -- I didn't hate it -- but I'd sure never seek it out again.

So...what's the strangest flavor combination you've ever tried? One you liked, one you hated, or one that just left you scratching your head -- but one that you'd never have thought to put together...

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  1. At a really nice restaurant with a very talented chef, I had lobster creme brulee. I... liked it?
    There was this disconnect between this "dessert" which is generally sweet and creamy, and the savory, very rich lobster flavor.

    1. This topic has been explored--see the link below, to a thread has been going for over four years and has nearly 950 replies at this moment (I've been wondering whether/when it will hit 1,000).

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/404973

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      1. re: johnb

        ah, but that one specifically restricts it to things that one actually *liked*, and I asked about *any* reaction -- and sorry, but I'm not going to wade through hundreds of 4-year-old responses. (and it loads so slowly as to make me not even want to try).

      2. I had a duck confit grilled cheese with green apples and havarti. It was spectacular.

        DH enjoys peanut butter on pizza. I haven't been tempted by that one yet.

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        1. re: Olliegator

          ooh. the duck/apples/havarti sounds awesome. Peanut butter on pizza, not so much.'

          1. re: sunshine842

            I tried not to yuck his yum.....but seriously? He tells me that he will try sushi when I try PB on pizza. That will not happen.

            1. re: Olliegator

              what else goes on the pizza with the peanut butter? I could see a pizza going down a fairly tasty route if you used peanut butter as a base, then some sliced fruit and drizzled with chocolate...but somehow I don't think that's what he's doing.

              1. re: sunshine842

                In high school I developed a taste for M and Ms on Pizza Hut pizza. Rarely have the opportunity now since I don't buy either. I think they were best on the plain cheese variety.

        2. I was served skate in raspberry sauce in France.
          It was nauseating.

          In Belgium I tried some unusual chocolates from the Chocolate Line that I tried to like - I'm not sure which was the most revolting.
          http://www.thechocolateline.be/

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          1. re: Peg

            the basil, sun dried tomato, and black olive one sounds pretty dang nasty...

            my ex's father loves a nathan's hot dog on martin's potato bread with peanut butter and yellow mustard. That to me is too gross to even try, and that's saying a lot since I'll usually try anything. Oh and he loves canned corned beef hash (the cheap kind that looks and smells like dog food) mixed with apple sauce and ketchup. It just looks and smells even worse (and yes it's possible) than it did to start off.

            1. re: kubasd23

              Update: I tried the hot dog combo..... I have to admit, I like it!! Salty/sweet/sharp/meaty/bready.... I just had a bite, but I was impressed.

          2. I'll refrain from resurrecting that 1000+ "strange pairings" thread. Here's a link about this topic.
            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05... Embedded within it is a link to a food pairings site. Tomato catsup on bananas? Methinks blech!

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            1. re: greygarious

              Shuddering over the bananas/ketchup combo.
              Ben and Jerry's came out with a new flavor ( or new to me) called late night snack. Its a vanilla ice cream with salted caramel and chocolate covered potato chips. I thought oh yuk. But its good. Not really, really good but good.

              1. re: suzigirl

                I've been circling that late night snack flavor for a while now - to me it sounds great, but I'm not a sweet person, and like a kick of salt in my dessert (think sea salt chocolate, sea salt caramel ice cream, etc.).

                My favorite rendition of a sundae comes with salted peanuts. Yum.

                1. re: linguafood

                  I'm not a sweets person either. Maybe why I didn't find it stellar. I was also drawn in by the salty/sweet concept. The chips are round. I say try it. I think you'll like it.

                  1. re: linguafood

                    I have to change my vote on the Ben & Jerry's. I had only eaten a small serving the other day and was missing the caramel entirely. That is why I gave it a lukewarm review. I just had it again and got a couple of lovely pockets of the stuff. Jump in your car and go get a pint. Oh lord that stuff is good. I want a pint of that and a spoon. Nice salt without going overboard.

                2. re: greygarious

                  greygarious - but, but there is a Filipino banana/tomato ketchup that is indeed quite good as a condiment.

                  1. re: hill food

                    Isn't the Filipino ketchup ONLY bananas (no tomatoes, though it does have vinegar, brown sugar, and spices) though? It was my understanding that it was developed during WWII, when there was a shortage of tomatoes. Because there was a relative surplus of bananas, they used those, and dyed it red to resemble tomato ketchup.

                    Edit: Ketchup gets it's name from a similar sauce called kecap manis, right?

                    1. re: kubasd

                      Yes on kecap manis. Originated in Indonesia. Good stuff.

                      1. re: kubasd

                        OK I'm wrong. but it is good stuff and I do maintain the combo of tomato and banana doesn't have to be odd (although certainly possible)