1. Basic: Peanut Butter and Chocolate
From cupcakes and fudge to cookies and cups, this pairing’s a dessert legend.
2. Basic: Bacon and Maple
The pairing probably all started when maple syrup overflowed from waffles onto bacon, but it developed into doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies, and everything delicious.
4. Intermediate: Watermelon and Feta
Frequently found in salads, but always pairing tangy goat cheese with sweet fruit.
5. Intermediate: Egg and Coconut
Creme brûlée, coconut macaroons, tropical scrambled eggs, curry — all three meals, delicious all the time.
6. Intermediate: Honey and Ricotta
This pairing’s a foundation for both appetizers and desserts, whether mixed with fruits or into a cheesecake.
7. Intermediate: Melon and Prosciutto
A classic Italian appetizer pairing.
8. Intermediate: Basil and Cloves
The herb and the spice both share a chemical called eugenol, so some chefs add ground cloves to their pesto to enhance basil flavors.
9. Advanced: Melon and Chili
A pairing so vibrant, you can find it on Mexican street corners as no more than a bag of diced melons covered in chili powder.
10. Advanced: Strawberries and Gruyère
It tastes best when the cheese is melted, but the nutty and savory cheese pairs well with the sweet.
11. Advanced: Dark Chocolate and Parmesan
Cheese and chocolate sounds crazy, but just make a grilled cheese with these flavors once, and you’ll be hooked on that salty, sweet umami.
12. Advanced: White Chocolate and Caviar
A pairing almost too luxuriously good to believe.
13. Advanced: Pineapple and Vanilla
This pairing mostly ends up in desserts designed to satisfy any sweet tooth.