Fish & chips gelato and six other unusual snacks

As Tayto’s cheese & onion chocolate goes on sale, we look at the other baffling food combinations that have somehow made it past quality control.

Japanese Kit Kats – multiple varities

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Frankly, we could devote an entire article to the endless variations of Kit-Kats available throughout Japan. From the relatively normal (strawberry, apple) to the bizarre (wasabi, ‘cherry blossom’, bean paste, cheese, apple vinegar, multiple types of tea), each region offers up its own distinctive flavour of mutli-coloured bar (there's nothing quite as appetising as neon green chocolate). The quality varies wildly, although the wasabi one is surprisingly delicious.

Fish & chips ice-cream

Well, fish & chips gelato to be precise. Visitors to Perth Australia can pop into a specialised shop that offers the unique frozen delicacy. Brooke of Australia Blog has offered up her opinion on the snack: “Well, it didn’t taste like fish, and it didn’t taste good. The overwhelming flavor of this dessert was freezer burn… freezer burned bread crumbs… perhaps off a frozen fish stick”. Sounds like something, alright, although not necessarily a good something.

White chocolate peppermint Pringles

Bit of a mouthful that name, but these limited edition Pringles appeared in the States in time for last year’s holiday season.  “It's a Shamrock Shake on a potato chip. The Irish must be involved somehow” reflected one taster at the AV Club. Don’t worry, this variety of crisp (sorry, chip) is all American.

Bacon & everything

Bacon jam. Bacon chocolate. Baconnaise (yes that’s the long-awaited bacon-mayonnaise hybrid). Bacon lollipops. Bacon cake. Bacon jellybeans. Bacon bacon. Honestly, at this point it’s harder to find a snack that hasn’t enjoyed a bacon-infused twist.

Alcoholic whipped cream

The American company Whipped Lightning is devoted entirely to selling this unusual dairy concoction – they call it Whipahol. Varities available include white chocolate raspberry and pumpkin pie (both 18.25% alcohol).

Canned cheeseburger

Here’s what they want it to look like:

Here’s what it actually looks like:

Also available for some reason: breakfast in a can.

Kool-Aid pickles

This is more of an underground phenomenon than an official product, but it’s popular enough to warrant a mention. Kool-Aid – a distinctly American treat that sees a powder added to water to lend it sugary flavour – is emptied into a jar of pickled cucumbers. Apparently the unusual combination of vinegar and sugar makes for a delicious cucumber snack. We’ll take their word for it.