Sometimes all you want is something sweet, then the next minute, you’re craving something salty. While you might think it’s all in your head, there’s a scientific reason behind it. Research conducted by the Monell Chemical Sense Center suggests that in addition to being able to sense salty and sweet, tongues have additional sweetness receptors that are activated only when sugar is in the presence of salt. That’s probably why sprinkling salt on watermelon makes it taste even sweeter.
Enough about the science. While there are plenty of popular classic sweet and savory food combos, like peanut butter and jelly, Hawaiian pizza, syrup and bacon, and sea salt caramels, there are some surprisingly delicious options that you probably haven’t tried and really should, including these.
Monte Cristo with a Twist
Originally inspired by a French ham and cheese croque-monsieur, which first appeared on Paris menus around the turn of the 20th-century, this sandwich has a uniquely American spin that can be made even more delicious with the addition of bacon jam. Dust a fried ham and cheese sandwich with powdered sugar and serve it with a side of bacon jam for the ultimate sweet and savory combo.
Cinnamon Rolls with Bacon
Cinnamon rolls and bacon make up an epic and decadent breakfast spread, but have you ever tried them together? It’s incredibly easy to do. All you have to do is roll bacon into ready-made cinnamon roll dough and bake as per the package directions.
Pizza Topped with Pears and Blue Cheese
If you love the sweet and savory flavors of a Hawaiian pizza, try something different, adding pears that have a mild and refreshing sweetness that perfectly complements the strong, bold taste of blue cheese.
Hot Cocoa with a Kick
You might have tried a chocolate bar with chili added or have at least seen them somewhere. They’re ideal when you’re craving sweet and salty, but if you don’t happen to have one around at the time, you probably have the ingredients to make a spicy version of hot cocoa. All you need is a hot cocoa packet, made according to the instructions, and then add a touch of chili powder and a sprinkling of cinnamon. If you like extra spicy, add just a pinch of cayenne pepper too.
Potato Chips Dipped in Chocolate
While it may sound a little weird, dipping your potato chips in chocolate instead of your usual dip provides an unconventional delight. The crisp, salty flavor of chips is balanced by the sweetness of the chocolate – just beware that they can be addicting. Add to the delectableness by sprinkling chopped nuts onto the warm chocolate as it dries.
Sea Salt and Olive Oil Ice Cream
You don’t have to go to an ice cream shop that sells unusual flavors. You can easily make your own heavenly concoction using the creamiest vanilla ice cream and the best olive oil you can find, along with some sea salt. Simply place a couple of scoops of the ice cream in a bowl, drizzle the olive oil over the top and then sprinkle on a pinch of sea salt.