I used to joke with my young son when he’d ask what’s for dinner, and try to come up with outrageous food combinations. “Eeew!” One favorite response was “french-fried pickles, and acorn soup”. Later, I googled those terms, and was surprised to find recipes for french-fried pickles, and acorn soup. :eek:
I’m a huge proponent of dark chocolate/chili powder, m’self.
That said, I once had a buddy who was into brewing, who attempted to combine chai spices and beer… Unfortunately, I never got to taste the end result of his epicurean experimentation, as he wound up having an issue with the brewing process itself for that whole batch.
Pumpkin sorbet sounds like it could be amazing. There’s a restaurant here in the little state that could that was experimenting with an olive oil flavored gelato to serve with gazpacho. :eek:
Then again, this is the same place that decided to combine scallops and pomegranate, the very concept of which makes me glad to be a vegan.
In the book *Cannery Row *John Steinbeck has a character musing about strange food combinations like this. One is shrimp ice cream, but the one he eventually tries is a beer milk shake. I could see either one working.
One that I have gotten hung up on is pineapple-jalapeno mead.
I’ll let you know how it tastes once it has aged a little.
In the Middle East they put cardamom in coffee, and it’s not bad. I think if you stick to the aromatic end and leave out turmeric and cayenne you might be okay putting spices in coffee. Ethiopian berbere might be good. I might try this in the AM for kicks.
A former housemate made a batch of ale with a hint of cumin once, and it was awful.
I’m kind of a sucker for those General Foods International coffee mixes…
Maybe Qishr would be to your liking? It’s a spiced tea made from coffee bean husks.
Here’s a Good Recipe for Qishr (Ginger Coffee) made with regular coffee and powdered Ginger. The experimental food geek in me thinks it would only be improved with a teaspoon or so of Ground Cayenne Hot Pepper.
Regarding the beer ice cream thing, there is a beer shake you can get here with I think it’s called Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and ice cream. Surprisingly good. But I am guessing that bud light + ice cream is not good
Like you noted, some of those are known regional recipes. Fried pickles are common enough in the South and quite good. Acorns have been eaten from thousands of years in all kinds of things. They just have to be processed to make them less bitter beforehand.
Pumpkin Sorbet sounds like it could easily be great. I think you could get the BBQ flavored frosted Cheerios to work as well but just as snack food. Take a look at the cereal blend snack packs at your local gas station some time. They make all kinds of weird mixes including BBQ.
As much as I love beef jerky, I think that is the one part of your business proposal that may not make it.