13 American Food Combinations That Will Make You Cringe

I’ve always thought I had a pretty adventurous palate. But when I started digging into some of America’s wildest food combos, I realized I might not be as brave as I thought! It’s amazing what people will put together on a plate and call it a meal.

I’ve rounded up 13 American food combinations that’ll probably make you do a double-take. Some of these might sound tasty to you, while others might have you running for the hills.

Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich

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This odd combo pairs creamy peanut butter with tangy, crunchy pickles. Some Americans swear by this sandwich, saying the flavors complement each other. It’s often made with dill pickles and smooth peanut butter on white bread. While it sounds strange, fans say it’s a perfect mix of salty, sweet, and sour.

Chicken and Waffles

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This dish combines crispy fried chicken with sweet, fluffy waffles. It’s often served with maple syrup for drizzling. The mix of savory and sweet flavors is surprisingly popular in the Southern US. It’s a breakfast food that feels more like a full meal.

Bacon-Wrapped Oreos

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Yes, you read that right – cookies wrapped in bacon. The salty, crispy bacon is wrapped around sweet, creamy Oreos. They’re usually baked or grilled until the bacon is crispy. It’s a weird mix of dessert and breakfast that some people love.

Spaghetti Tacos

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This odd fusion dish puts spaghetti and meat sauce inside a hard taco shell. It was inspired by a TV show but became a real thing some kids love. The messy combo is basically two meals in one. It’s as weird to eat as it sounds!

Peanut Butter and Mayo Sandwich

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Another strange sandwich that some Americans enjoy. The creamy mayo is mixed with peanut butter and spread on bread. Some people add banana slices or bacon to make it even more interesting. It’s a love-it-or-hate-it kind of sandwich.

Deep-Fried Butter

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At some state fairs, you can find deep-fried sticks of butter. The butter is frozen, coated in batter, and then fried until golden. It’s often served with a sweet topping like cinnamon sugar. It’s definitely not a health food!

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Koolickle (Kool-Aid Pickles)

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This Southern treat is made by soaking dill pickles in sweet Kool-Aid. The result is a bright red, sweet-and-sour pickle. They’re popular at fairs and festivals in some parts of the country. It’s a weird mix of flavors that kids often love.

Cheeseburger in a Can

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While not homemade, this bizarre product is sold in some American stores. It’s a fully cooked cheeseburger that comes in a can. You can eat it cold or heat it up in the can. It’s meant for camping but some people eat it just for the novelty.

Circus Peanut and Pickle Salad

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This strange salad mixes marshmallow Circus Peanuts candy with pickles and whipped cream. It’s sometimes served at potlucks or family gatherings. The combination of sweet, salty, and tangy is definitely unique. It’s one of those dishes that makes you wonder who thought it up.

Cotton Candy Burrito

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This dessert burrito wraps ice cream and toppings in a layer of cotton candy. It’s often filled with colorful cereals or sprinkles too. The whole thing is as sweet as it sounds. It’s more of a carnival food than an everyday treat.

Spam Musubi

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This Hawaiian-inspired snack puts a slice of Spam on top of sushi rice. It’s wrapped in nori (seaweed) like sushi. The salty Spam pairs surprisingly well with the rice and nori. It’s a popular snack in Hawaii and some parts of the mainland US.

Fluffernutter Sandwich

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This sandwich is made with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. It’s a childhood favorite for many Americans. Some people add banana slices or honey to make it even sweeter. It’s basically a dessert pretending to be a sandwich.

Chocolate-Covered Bacon

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Strips of crispy bacon are dipped in melted chocolate for this treat. Sometimes they’re sprinkled with sea salt or nuts too. It’s another sweet-and-salty combo that some people love. You’ll often find it at fairs or specialty candy shops.

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Victoria Omololu

Victoria Omololu is a fashionista exploring the world on a budget. She co-founded Only Earthlings in 2023 to show her travels in North America, Europe, Africa, and everywhere else. Victoria loves writing about travel tips, itineraries, packing guides, and taking photography from all over the world.

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