Order a pizza topped with pineapples at any restaurant in Italy, and you will regret every little step that led you to making this decision. Because if there’s something Italians won’t tolerate, it’s pineapple pizza and cappuccino in the afternoon. But while some of the most controversial food preferences have to do with local culture and its quirks, the rest of it comes from our weird and wonderful personalities.

The same goes with our food opinions. Like, saying that mint choc chip ice cream is gross, tomatoes ruin a burger, or that Greek yogurt is sour cream in disguise. You may not be the most popular person in the room for stating this, but you’re surely not quite wrong either.

So let’s dig deep into the often silenced world of controversial food opinions shared in this viral Twitter thread that will heat up the room temperature and will surely bring out your inner Gordon Ramsay.

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
2 months ago

Dark chocolate with coffee nibs

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vogonpoet
Community Member
2 months ago

I do cereal for pudding.

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vogonpoet
Community Member
2 months ago

I like it. But most of us do on the reverse side of the planet.

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Bored Panda reached out to Stefan Balkenende, a spokesperson of Greenpan.co.uk, a cookware manufacturer that specializes in ceramic-coated pans for healthier cooking. Stefan shared some insights on food opinions and preferences, as well as of ways we talk about food so that it won’t become a sensitive topic.

“No matter where you’re from or what kind of food you eat, the topic of food brings people together, acting as an easy ice breaker when meeting new people. It’s universally appealing,” Stefan said and added: “In fact, last year Dr. Amber Spry, who is the Politics and African American Studies professor at Brandeis University, went viral as she had asked her class ‘how does your family cook rice’ instead of traditional ice breaker questions, which naturally got the class talking, sparking debate and conversation over something so trivial but relevant to everyone.”

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James016
Community Member
2 months ago

This is not controversial.

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#5

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes... nothing is a substitute for chocolate cake

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

Not controversial to me.

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According to Stefan, even if a particular food preference seems unusual now, it could easily become more mainstream as time passes. “For example, the idea of drinking bone broth might have seemed odd a few years ago; in fact, in 2016, Google Trends identified an interest score of just 21. Fast forward to January 2020, and it hit a popularity score of 100.”

Moreover, unusual food preferences can be an exciting challenge for a cook. “Part of creating a great recipe is combining different flavors and textures in new ways, perhaps unimagined. What might seem like a bizarre preference could spark inspiration for an exciting new dish,” the spokesperson of Greenpan.co.uk explained.

#7

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vogonpoet
Community Member
2 months ago

Took me years in the USA to find a bread that had no sugar. And then I moved back to NZ. I miss that sourdough so much.

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Friday
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

It is if you are eating something rare, exotic or not humanly killed. There is no reason anyone needs to consume something like a beating snake heart.

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EagerPanda 🐼
Community Member
2 months ago

On the fence here, I love lemon and chocolate

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When asked whether a chef could refuse to cook a very unusual order made by a client, Stefan said that “unusual food preferences can be a tough pill to swallow as a chef, but it can be a positive challenge.” “That being said,” the spokesperson continued, “customers should be aware that professional kitchens will have prepped their menus and food orders in advance, so last-minute changes can be difficult to overcome. Likewise, some chefs may find it hard to deviate from what they’re used to, as their menu is an art and experience.”

“Depending on how obscure the food order is, chefs can use it to their advantage and make use of existing ingredients they have and try and incorporate what they would have served in a slightly different way,” Stefan concluded.

#10

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Jon Steensen
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually all the differnt pasta shapes each have their own specific purpose. They are each speciallised for a particular task, and cannot be interchanged if you are after the best result. E.g. if you cook lasagna with farfalle (butterflies) the result will be wierd (or actually a wrong interpretation of pasta bolognese), as the plates are what holds a lasagna toghether, so it can be cut into blocks. Some of them, like the shells and cannelloni (large tubes) are actually meant to be stuffed. Each type of pasta will interact with the sauce diffently, which will have an effect on the experience of eating the dish. So yes diffent pasta shapes makes the pasta(dish) taste differently, but the shells are not always the best.

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
2 months ago

eat a few oysters- they'll see you through the week

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#12

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

Love raisins... I even have some in my desk. Next thing you'll say biltong is a waste of meat

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Bored Panda also talked to Alex Gunz of "Gourmand Gunno," a London-based professional food reviewer and the winner of Square Meal's 'Critic of the Year' 2014 award.

When asked whether talking about food, especially if one has unusual opinions when it comes to eating, can sometimes turn sour, Alex Gunz told us that it should not and does not need to be a sensitive topic. “The more people are open and willing to discuss their opinions, the less sensitive the topic becomes,” he added.

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

This person is mightily confused. And need to read up on dairy products.

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UncleRussian
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah... I asked a Mexican friend of mine who lives in USA if Taco Bell was authentic when it comes to tacos and he said no, because Tacos aren't supposed to be in a hard shell

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howdylee
Community Member
2 months ago

them are fightin' words!

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Moreover, “Everyone will have their own view on what constitutes 'unusual.' Always important to make a distinction between what preferences might be a function of either religion or health relative to just more personal reasons,” Alex explained.

When it comes to chefs preparing very unusual orders, Alex said that whether the chef would agree to make a special order or not “totally depends on the circumstances (type of restaurant, price point, and expectation of the consumer).” Having said that, he added that “menus exist for a reason, in most cases.”

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𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚊
Community Member
2 months ago

I will fight you

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Watching
Community Member
2 months ago

This is totally true. In and out is mediocre.

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#18

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
2 months ago

Butter shovels.

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#19

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
2 months ago

Love a deep dish, but I love pizza. Even those greasy crackers that are NY style slices are good if you put one on top of another like a calzone.

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#20

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
2 months ago

Family makes bad meatloaf.

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
2 months ago

Chipotle ranch is absurdly good.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

They shouldn't, but it's vital that they do.

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#23

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qwerty
Community Member
2 months ago

The sweet stuff? Yeah.

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#24

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Truth Monster
Community Member
2 months ago

You're eating it wrong. Change your bread to something like toasted ciabatta.

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#25

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Friday
Community Member
2 months ago

A leftover roast and coleslaw sandwich is amazing!

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EagerPanda 🐼
Community Member
2 months ago

Aw hell nah, this guy wants to start a fight

Monday
Community Member
2 months ago

We can take 'em!

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Kira Okah
Community Member
2 months ago

It uses a different mint to toothpaste, or it should be. I'm concerned about what type of mint is in your ice cream.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

The same as yours. It just tastes like toothpaste and apparently some people enjoy that.

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𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚊
Community Member
2 months ago

come at me bro

Iggy
Community Member
2 months ago

I want to know where I can get toothpaste with chocolate chips!

Amanita Muscaria
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

BAHAHAHA you idiot have you ever eaten the heavenly soft creamy sweet cream so sweet yet refreshing when the mintyness melts in your mouth and the chocolate pieces with the mint is amazing when you put it together the mix is perfect so good amazing wow I want some now and then you eat it in summer and it's so good have you ever tried it you're crazy if you didn't try why haven't you tried it try it please actually no we must not waste the deliciousness on one who does not respect the minty goodness who taught you this treachery mint is so good wow yeah sorry I think I've gone crazy

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Inspirational! 😂

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Add hot fudge and you've got a bowl of heaven.

Jace
Community Member
2 months ago

I think this guy’s problem is toothpaste, not ice cream.

Nevits Yibble
Community Member
2 months ago

Winner of best comment in the entire thread

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Useless Panda
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

It depends where you get your mint chocolate chip from, I've had a lot where it does just taste like frozen toothpaste but when you get some actually good mint chocolate chip it's incredible.

Donkey boi
Community Member
2 months ago

Anyone know how to hire a hit man?

CLEMSONFAN
Community Member
2 months ago

mint chocolate chip ice cream is not frozen toothpaste

CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago

The flavor combo of chocolate and mint is amazing. I will sometimes buy mint Oreos and dip them in milk because the taste is so good

Emily Barnes
Community Member
2 months ago

I agree

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

My favorite ice cream flavor is one that is pretty rare. Back in the early 1970s, I had Baskin Robbins Peppermint Fudge Ribbon ice cream at the birthday party for a friend—-whose father just happened to own the local BR. Peppermint ice cream with thick ribbons of fudge sauce running through it. Heavenly. Better than mint chocolate chip. If you get a chance to try a dip of it, you’d see what I mean. BR has resurrected the flavor periodically the last 50 years, though not enough for me. I wish they’d make it permanent.

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

I suddenly have a craving for a Mint Vienetta. :D

Elsker
Community Member
2 months ago

LOVE!!! That icecream!

Navin Kumar
Community Member
2 months ago

absolutely! mint and chocolate tastes like toothpaste

wifeofweasley
Community Member
2 months ago

It's one of the best types of ice cream. It's for people with grown taste bauds

Emilycookie
Community Member
2 months ago

there is CHOCOLATE in it.

Rando Pando
Community Member
2 months ago

If he says that one more time, he better be prepared to die. ☠️

Telmo Belo
Community Member
2 months ago

It is one of the few Ice cream that actually cools me down.

Allen Lavine
Community Member
2 months ago

I feel that cookies and cream is the best

A Random Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

I like Mint choc chip and Cookies and ream. There's a place that makes this really good mint chocolate cookies and cream.

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Rae the lemon
Community Member
2 months ago

Noooo you’re WRONG!

Lynn Biasini McElfresh
Community Member
2 months ago

LOL!!!!!!!!

H Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

Loved it as a kid, now I can't stand it.

Don't Look
Community Member
2 months ago

:-( but it used to be my favorite.

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

I love it!

Anna Tuomisalo
Community Member
1 month ago

I agree with Sam. Hate it!

Triv
Community Member
1 month ago

That reminds me: I need to add mint chocolate chip to my shopping list...

WhatEvenIsLife
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't like mint anything.

Donna Gettings Apperson
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't like crunchy ice cream.

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
Community Member
2 months ago

awwww it's my absolute favorite ice cream flavor!! but it must have TINY slivers of chocolate, not chunks!

Mari Bryant
Community Member
2 months ago

I question if this man has ever brushed his teeth.

Vermillion Ace #443
Community Member
2 months ago

Basically like eating Andes mints, but cooler and still yummy.

VeninTheNonBinaryRogue
Community Member
2 months ago

Certain types are meh, but most are really good

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
2 months ago

OK, you suck! LOL I LOVE choco mint!! I LOVE that green chip mint sugary diabetic hazard waiting to happen choco mint! LOL

somnomania
Community Member
2 months ago

that's why it has chocolate chips, duh. mint cookie ice cream is also fantastic.

Joshua Selbitschka
Community Member
2 months ago

Them's fighting words.

The roomba king
Community Member
2 months ago

Man this dude probably doesn’t like pineapple on his pizza too😑

Samantha Bing
Community Member
2 months ago

I agree with this wholeheartedly

Whimsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Mint Vienetta is heaven though.

Thomas Gray
Community Member
2 months ago

I will pray for this guy's soul.

Terilee Bruyere
Community Member
2 months ago

Great, more for me!

Dre Mosley
Community Member
2 months ago

I don’t really care much for ice cream in general. Now that’s controversial, lol.

Lauren Newman
Community Member
2 months ago

I actually agree with this!

Wilhelm Chile
Community Member
2 months ago

burn this witch!

Ruby Davis
Community Member
2 months ago

Ok NO

Sleepyhead
Community Member
2 months ago

Angry gasp

NWB
Community Member
2 months ago

AMEN!!! Mint choc anything can go in the bin!

Fiercepelt
Community Member
2 months ago

yet another unpopular opinion here: toothpaste is yum

Jayme Lowit
Community Member
2 months ago

this man has started world war 3

Mark Berry
Community Member
2 months ago

If your toothpaste has chocolate chips in it, your teeth must be f'd up!

Laura Watts
Community Member
2 months ago

My daughter actually eats toothpaste so there lol

J Sizz
Community Member
2 months ago

Agreed.

brandon sat
Community Member
2 months ago

all ice cream is gross

Roger Haywood
Community Member
2 months ago

Sorry folks, but I agree with him.

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
2 months ago

And what about rum-raisins ?

-Asexual_Demigod-
Community Member
2 months ago

No.

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A_BadlyDrawnBearPic
Community Member
2 months ago

>:(

Kristy White
Community Member
2 months ago

i've never known toothpaste have chocolate chips in it! haha

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
2 months ago

Mint chocolate ANYTHING.

Jim Day
Community Member
2 months ago

You must have some pretty tasty toothpaste.

Nubis Knight
Community Member
2 months ago

I like it, it's like frozen After Eights!

Joe Dad
Community Member
2 months ago

It's true, though. Pretty much any store bought mint ice cream is nasty. But homemade is amazing.

Jake
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

The green version is gross. The all natural one is god

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

I hate it too. I try it every now and then and I still don’t like it. Cold toothpaste with chocolate.

Andy Williams
Community Member
2 months ago

nonsense.

Pansexual snek
Community Member
2 months ago

get out *points at door*

Erika Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

Personally I like it, but my mom always referred to it as "Crest ice cream." LOL

Macy Sharp
Community Member
2 months ago

I feel attacked...

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
2 months ago

*Rolls up sleeves* What'd you say about my favorite kind of ice cream?

TheLazyPoki
Community Member
2 months ago

I like mint ice cream, but once theres chocolate chips in it, I won't eat any of it. They way the texture is when they're freezing cold is just so grainy

Deborah B
Community Member
2 months ago

Mint doesn't mix well with dairy. It's gross.

COCO puff
Community Member
2 months ago

you are so right :)))

*me*
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s yummy but not my fav

denzoren
Community Member
2 months ago

Personally I don't like pistachio ice cream.

glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

My brother is obsessed with the stuff. It’s quite good.

Auntriarch
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes!!!

Johanna
Community Member
2 months ago

Ate it yesterday, we all enjoyed it.

Kajari Agrawal
Community Member
2 months ago

Thank you...Finally...!

Eslamala
Community Member
2 months ago

Agree!!

YourAveragePooh
Community Member
2 months ago

the only reason why I ever ate mint choc chip ice-cream was for the chocolate chips.

Sheila Stamey
Community Member
2 months ago

What about peppermint patties?

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

They are the worst offender.

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Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
2 months ago

Amen!

Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Although i hate mint chocolate somehow i love the ice cream with this flavor!

third molar
Community Member
2 months ago

Who hates toothpaste??

Cupcake168
Community Member
2 months ago

No one should eat frozen chocolate at all. That’s cruel. Chocolate is better the warmer it is. Cant tell a frozen chocolate chip from frozen gravel.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

Did you have covid?

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UncleRussian
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, I do love tea. But uuuuuh, I used to work as a baker and when you wake up at 4 in the morning tea isn't enough to wake you up

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Carmen Sandiego
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

On the fence. Maybe they are too sweet, but they are so soft! They are literally air and sugar.

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Eslamala
Community Member
2 months ago

Tomatos ruin sandwiches most of the time, not cause of the taste, but cause of the extra moisture

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone has horrible taste buds... I will say, sweet potato fries are horrible and seem like something the Americans invented...but sweet potatoes are awesome

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