Students confess peculiar food combinations

Jaycie Thierry
Social Media Editor

Recent Twitter threads suggest that some people have the weirdest food combining habits. 

Nacho cheese Doritos on a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Blueberries and dill pickles. Mac and cheese with barbecue sauce, ketchup and, or mustard. 

An informal survey of 20 La Verne students, found some similarly counterintuitive choice combos.

Junior sociology major Elizabeth Galioto said she likes eating cream cheese with Hot Cheetos.

“One of my friends in high school urged me to try it,” Galioto said. 

“They complement each other like french fries and ice cream.”

“I dip my Wheat Thins in cream cheese for a snack,” said Brooke Aguirre, sophomore kinesiology major. “I’ve done it since I was little and never questioned it until I got to college, and no one else had heard of it before.”

Junior criminology major Jasmine Jancan shrugged off her love for syrup on her eggs at breakfast.

“I can’t remember when I started doing it but for as long as I can remember, I’ve always put syrup on eggs,” Jancan said. “I want to say it was maybe because syrup spilled on my eggs once and I tried it and loved it so I kept doing it, but I guess I’ll never really know.”

Aside from odd combos, many students surveyed said they’ve enjoyed foods not typically considered delicious. 

Senior kinesiology major Jelahny Garnett said he has eaten chitterlings, often pronounced as chitlins, which are pig intestines known in Southern-style cooking.

“It’s not so much as it’s weird, but more … a cultural thing,” Garnett said. “I just don’t think people know about it unless you’re used to that kind of cooking.”

Freshman psychology major Arianna Govea’s weirdest food experience came from the ocean.

“I ate a whole baby octopus in one bite,” Govea said.

Brooke Mueller, senior social sciences major, said her hunger during a cross-country road trip in Wyoming brought her an interesting meal.

Mueller stopped by a gas station that sold a vast array of jerkeys and she picked out a pronghorn jerky.

Senior speech communication and political science major Sarah Osuna spent time in the Galapagos Islands, which introduced her to many new dishes.

“I ate guinea pig in the Galapagos because it was considered a delicacy,” Osuna said. “I would give it zero stars.”

Sophomore criminology majors Julia Varela and Kaitlynn Carmell said the weirdest foods they tried resembled the taste of chicken.

“(It’s) super weird and I don’t think anyone else would want to try, but I tried a roasted cricket,” Varela said. “I’d rate it a zero out of 10, it tasted like burnt, old chicken.”

Carmell said that she had rattlesnake in Mexico. She said that it tasted like chicken, but the thought of eating rattlesnake was off putting.

The diverse range of foods students eat reveal an underlying openness to trying new things, no matter how odd it may sound to others.

Freshman business administration major Amber Kushwaha said that the food combinations did not sound appealing or healthy.

“Some of these things sound like diabetes,” Kushwaha said.

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