Some foods are meant to go together: peanut butter and jelly, chocolate and caramel, grilled cheese and tomato soup. But there are some less obvious (and strange-sounding) combinations you just haven’t tried yet. Here, 12 bizarre-sounding food pairings that are actually super-tasty.

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Chocolate and Avocado

We thought “ew,” too, but hear us out. Avocados--full of healthy fats--make a creamy and delicious base for chocolate mousse, pudding, smoothies and even muffin mix.

Try: Avocado Chocolate Pudding

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Strawberry and Tomato

Combining these guys may sound weird, but give it a try. Sweet strawberries pair great with acidic tomatoes in apps like salads, soups and bruschetta.

Try: Strawberry Caprese Salad with Pistachio Pesto

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Dark Chocolate and Parmesan Cheese

Before you roll your eyes, remember that cheese was basically invented to be paired with chocolate. For instance, dark chocolate and Parmesan. Both ingredients are sharp, nutty and slightly bitter. Melt them together between sliced bread and you’ve got a winning sandwich.

Try: Chocolate and Parmesan Grilled Cheese

RELATED: 13 Grown-Ass Grilled Cheese Recipes

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Oranges and Olives

The sweet, citrusy and tangy flavor of oranges pairs nicely with briny pickled olives. Whether prepared in a sweet dessert like orange and olive oil cake or a savory poultry dish, the flavor just works.

Try: Roasted Chicken with Dates, Citrus and Olives

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Yogurt and Eggs

Though both are breakfast staples on their own, you’ve probably never thought of putting the two together. But…when you really think about it, is yogurt all that different from sour cream?

Try: Poached Eggs with Mint and Yogurt

RELATED: Everyone’s Coddling Their Eggs and You Should, Too                 

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Mango or Pineapple and Chile Powder

Eaten plain, mango and pineapple are two very sweet fruits. But a sprinkle of chile powder brings out the complexity of their flavors. Go for the combo in marinades, salsas, curries and cocktails. 

Try: Mango Chile Glazed Shrimp

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Bacon and Peanut Butter

You’ve heard the saying that everything tastes better with bacon, and peanut butter is no exception. Elvis would have backed us up here: His favorite sandwich was a combination of peanut butter, bacon and banana.

Try: Peanut Butter and Bacon Burgers

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Olive Oil and Ice Cream

Did you know olive oil gelato is actually a popular flavor in Italy? But even a drizzle of EVOO on plain vanilla ice cream may change your life.

Try: Vanilla Ice Cream with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

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Coca-Cola and Chicken

Mixing poultry and soda may seem gross, but a little Coke gives chicken a tender, sweet and vaguely syrupy flavor. 

Try: Coca-Cola Chicken Wings

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Green Apples and Salsa

Tangy, crisp green apples are the perfect complement to spicy, tomato-based salsa. Dip apple slices into spicy salsa for a satisfying snack, or combine the two and top off tacos, pork tenderloin or ceviche.

Try: Spicy Apple-Tomato Salsa

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Blueberries and Steak

A sweet and tart blueberry steak sauce happens to be a Florentine specialty. We love topping our flank steak with a blueberry balsamic sauce or keeping it simple by tossing steak and berries together in a salad. 

Try: Steak Crostini with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

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Broccoli and Cheetos

Trust. It’s not disgusting.

Try: Koketsu’s Broccoli with Cheetos

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