Meal Pairings: Opposites attract

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Our group created a unified rubric when conducting our flavor tests. We leveraged the five senses in order to create results that could be compared across the different foods and drinks we tried. There are a variety of ways to come up with pairings for these but we decided to focus on providing a mix of tastes and textures to create an interesting small meal. The foods we tested were:


  1. Chai Lattes
  2. Coca-cola sodas
  3. Iced Mochas


  1. Apples
  2. Lettuce
  3. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip cookies and Coca-cola sodas are extreme in taste; they’re sweet regardless of which one you try. Therefore we have excluded them from our meal creation. Additionally, since the cognitive associations with lettuce is an “ingredient” in a salad or a taco rather than a meal item, we’ve excluded it as well.

So what iced mocha and chai latte should you have with which apples? We’ve created two pairs based on contrast in taste and texture.

Granny Smith Apple with Starbucks Chai Latte: Mixes the cinnamon and sweet notes of a Starbucks Chai latte with the tartness of the Granny Smith Apple (sour + sweet!) Similarly it mixes crunchy with smooth.

Red Delicious Apple with Crema Iced Mocha: The apple is extremely sweet and crunchy while the iced mocha is the most bitter of the bunch and smooth to drink.

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