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Posted on 01-01-17 11:13:50 AM Link | Quote
This is a famous open-ended puzzle. The challenge is to name three foods where each pair taste delicious together, yet all three together are disgusting. In other words, food A tastes good with food B, food B tastes good with food C, and food C tastes good with food A, yet you would never eat foods A, B, and C all together.

This is a lot harder than it sounds at first. When a solution seems obvious, people usually overlook one of the pairs. For example, milk is good with tea, and lemon is good with tea, so it's tempting to think milk + lemon + tea is an answer, since that would be gross. However, milk is bad with lemon, so it doesn't work. You have to be careful about checking all three pairs.

Naturally, this is subjective, but even on an individual level, this sort of triad seems rare or even impossible. I, personally, can't think of any good answers, but I'm curious to see what you all think.
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Posted on 01-01-17 07:40:08 PM Link | Quote
I don't think there's any such thing. You require that all combinations of any two of the three items go well together.

A goes well with B and with C.
B goes well with A and with C.
C goes well with A and with B.

This has to be impossible. A goes well with B and with C, and we know B goes well with C, how can they not all go well together then? I don't know how we can prove this though. I think the only reason this is difficult is because taste is subjective, and people can be picky. But I think objectively this should be impossible.
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Posted on 01-02-17 05:18:10 AM Link | Quote
I wouldn't write it off as strictly impossible, but it is difficult, and I cannot come-up with a solution.

I think one way is by finding a combination that is just overpowering. Two things I can't tolerate: sickly sweet, and I actually am quite sensitive to salt.

so something like:
salty + salty + salty
sweet + sweet + sweet

Then taking into account how flavors tend to blend together, you could basically create from your base flavors/food a new flavor or two that just don't work...

But the other thing to also consider is you can over-do a single ingredient. And that's where this challenge is kind of ambiguous to how MUCH. You pile a cup of salt on my scrambled eggs, I might have to end you... sprinkle a pinch of it on there, you're good... There's also not seeming to be considered how many foods are already hybrids with a mixture of flavors (like smoothies)

This is indeed subjective. There are people who like eating extremely hot peppers. I'm currently maxed at Jalapenos.

Now, in the context of how DIFFICULT this actually is:
kraft easy mac + tuna + mayo + dill relish
with the RIGHT proportions of ingredients, this is delicious!

In general, recipes are a balancing act.

So, my theory on why this is possible and how it could potentially be answered centers on that if you can come-up with an unbalanced combination, you've beaten it. But, as FireyIce has said, this is subjective. What I find incompatible someone else might like and vice-versa. I'm sure it's possible. Just extremely difficult. Here's something I made years ago that probably doesn't meet the challenge, but: graham crackers + PB + sugar. Tasted pretty gross, and I don't recommend re-creating it.

Anyways, that's my thoughts on this.
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Posted on 01-02-17 02:16:13 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by ihadtnowegtum
And that's where this challenge is kind of ambiguous to how MUCH.

On that note, one of the best tongue-in-cheek answers to this is "a shot of tequila, a shot of tequila, and a shot of tequila."

Regardless, there's no restriction on what the foods can be beyond the fact that you would enjoy any two of them combined. For example, you can consider a sandwich as a single food or as a combination of different foods as you see fit. The amount of each food is the amount you would add to make it sufficiently delicious, as long as you add enough of it to be noticeable. That is, I wouldn't call a cup of tea with a single grain of salt to be a true combination of tea and salt.

There are certainly reasonable arguments that this is "impossible" in general, but I'm curious to see what you all think they might be.
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Posted on 01-02-17 03:00:37 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Q
Originally posted by ihadtnowegtum
And that's where this challenge is kind of ambiguous to how MUCH.

On that note, one of the best tongue-in-cheek answers to this is "a shot of tequila, a shot of tequila, and a shot of tequila."

Regardless, there's no restriction on what the foods can be beyond the fact that you would enjoy any two of them combined. For example, you can consider a sandwich as a single food or as a combination of different foods as you see fit. The amount of each food is the amount you would add to make it sufficiently delicious, as long as you add enough of it to be noticeable. That is, I wouldn't call a cup of tea with a single grain of salt to be a true combination of tea and salt.

There are certainly reasonable arguments that this is "impossible" in general, but I'm curious to see what you all think they might be.


alright:
water + 1/3 the fatal dose of cyanide
water + 1/3 the fatal dose of cyanide
water + 1/3 the fatal dose of cyanide

reason: U WILL DIE
lol

ok, in all seriousness, I thought of a THEORY right before bed last night:
I am not testing this, and I'm basing to some extent on assumptions ONE of these pairs can be fine-tuned to WORK:
Oranges/OJ , chocolate, Jalapenos
Oranges + Chocolate: just barely compatible
Oranges + Jalapeno: I'm theorizing there's a mixture of these that doesn't taste like shit
Chocolate + Jalapeno: confirmed (for some) to be compatible, but again... just barely.

My theory here is that you can balance any one of these pairs to where it's at least tolerable.
But, since all three pairs require fine-tuning, it's impossible to fine-tune the mixture when you add the third ingredient. One either will become overpowering, masking one or both of the others, or they'll all combine to some seriously vomit-inducing concoction.

But, this is all a theory, and I'm not crazy enough to attempt it.
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Posted on 01-02-17 09:51:31 PM Link | Quote
I think the only one that really works is the cyanide one. Everything else would be too subjective to be convincing. But I do like the idea of 1/3 of a fatal dose of cyanide, it proves that you can't logically dismiss the problem the way I did earlier.
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Posted on 01-03-17 06:50:48 PM Link | Quote
Except, you'd have to be someone who find cyanide to taste good. Although, at that point, it does not really solve the problem either..., because if you find cyanide to taste good then it should arguably taste good no matter how much of it you take. The fact that you'd die from it is kind of irrelevant, to be honest.


I was thinking of one idea myself: Coca-cola, ice, and ice cream.
Coca-Cola + ice: Pretty good, helps keep the drink cool.
Coca-Cola + Ice cream: I do love a good float.
Ice + Ice cream: Can be good.

Coca-cola + ice cream + ice: It taste terrible, as I found out when I had it by accident a couple of weeks ago.



So I guess that's one solution?
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