Have you ever heard of the Rule of Three? It’s a technique widely used in storytelling because a trio of things, people, or events have been found to be the most compelling. Think the Three Musketeers, the Three Little Pigs, or even the Powerpuff Girls. Our favorite childhood stories have most likely involved a trio of characters at some point - we’ll just have to dive down the memory lane (be right back!).
The Rule of Three is not confined to stories. In fact, I’ve come up with 7 of the most unlikely food trios that actually taste amazing! It was an eye-opening experience for me as I investigated all the creative ways people are enjoying their food. You might be familiar with some of these delectable combos, but if you’re not, don’t be afraid to try them out!
1. Ice Cream, Chocolate and Fries
If you’ve ever dipped your fries in a sundae, you’re not alone. Something magical happens when you combine hot and crispy fries with cold and smooth ice cream. It’s not just the temperature and texture contrasts that make this trio so special, the flavors of this combination also give your tastebuds a pleasant surprise.
2. Peanut Butter & Jelly Burger
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Upgraded PB&J! We’ve all enjoyed our PB&J sandwiches - with and without the crust, cut into triangles - but did you ever think about slapping a burger in the middle of all that chunky sweet goo? I vividly remember how the sweetness and saltiness of the PB&J marries perfectly into the juicy beef patty. This combo is sure to satisfy both your savory and sweet cravings in one bite.
3. Avocado, Milk, and Chocolate
Cold, refreshing, and not overpoweringly sweet. Rich and creamy. I’m describing an avocado milkshake with decadent chocolate syrup painted on the side of the glass. It might be hard to imagine avocado in a beverage but this is actually a popular drink on the streets of Bali, Indonesia, and now you can even find them in most boba shops in the states. Take a sip of this refreshing shake and find yourself in a tropical paradise.
4. Peanut Butter, Bacon and Banana
Commonly referred to as the Elvis’ Grilled Peanut Butter And Banana Bacon sandwich, this unlikely trio makes up one of the greatest celebrity recipes of all time. As you hold up the sandwich in your hands, warm peanut butter slowly oozes out from the side. And as you take a bite into the sandwich, you’ll taste the perfect symphony of crunchy toast, tender banana, and crispy bacon. Cheers to the King of Rock and Roll and breakfast!
5. Blueberries, Balsamic, and Steak
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Blueberry steak is a unique dish that originates from Florence, Italy. Similar to the idea of adding grape jam to your toast and breakfast sausage, this Florentine special elevates your ordinary filet mignon with a sweet and tangy sauce that combines blueberries and balsamic vinegar.
6. Chocolate and Parmesan Grilled Cheese
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You have to try out this next amalgamation one of these weekends. Chocolate and parmesan have been scientifically proven to pair perfectly by the Foodpairing method. The method quantifies compounds of each ingredient and matches it with other ingredients that have similar compounds. Pretty cool, right?
7. Korean BBQ Essentials - Spicy Gochujang, Tangy Kimchi, and Sweet Bulgogi Sauce
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Korean BBQ has always been my favorite - it guarantees value, gratifying food, and a unique dining experience. At a K-BBQ restaurant, your table will be covered with a big grill, a variety of side dishes, and a tray of dipping sauces.
Here’s how you can enjoy your next K-BBQ meal: After you pick up a piece of brisket, galbi, or bulgogi off the grill, dip the juicy and tender morsel into gochujang and bulgogi sauce, then wrap a piece of lettuce around the meat. Top off this mouthwatering creation with kimchi, rice, or any other side dishes (banchan) you fancy to complete the ultimate wrap. Create a masterpiece that combines savory meat with the sweet flavor of bulgogi sauce, the savory spice of gochujang, and the refreshing tart of kimchi. They sound like the ultimate-unlikely flavor trio, but this combination is truly my greatest discovery.