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Cheddar cheese is a secret ingredient in homemade apple pie. You really can't tell it's in there however once you've had it like that every other apple pie just feels wrong if it lacks the cheddar cheese.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPopeMichael

A couple weeks ago, the guys at Epic Meal Time (look 'em up on YouTube) made Jack Daniels Bacon Grease Eggnog. Yummers!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjvwa

BLT pizza is amazing. Make a bacon-cheese pizza. When done, spread mayo on it and add lettuce and tomato. It's even better than it sounds (and I know it sounds disgusting). But yeah - cheese in coffee is still wrong. I have my limits.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Oh this is great! I love the college excuse, it seems to be the fall-back reasoning for our most ridiculous choices in life. Hmmm... coffee and chocolate were originally drunk without sweetener or milk, etc. Brazil is a coffee growing region. Maybe they still have a concept of them being savory rather than sweet? Nah, I still can't wrap my head aroung that.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

ive eaten 'chinese' in usa, and india. you wouldnt know they are supposed to be the same cuisine. i wonder what its like in china?

is it me, or does rick have a different hair style in all four panels? (im less sure that 2 and 4 are different, but 1,3,4 sure seem different.) and a different nose is panel 3?

im all for recycling art work, but it seems like the poses should all be photographed at the same time, even if they dont get scott-ized right away....

--roger

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

Each panel got progressively funnier. Wonderful strip.

I too was wondering about the U-Haul cartoon, but I am glad to see it has been cleared up.

NEWS FLASH: The Brazilian mayonnaise perp has been apprehended, but the fringe group of evil wrongdoes putting mayonnaise on hamburgers are still at large.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergreg

Don't mock it until you dip funyuns into chocolate pudding.

That's not a euphemism is it?

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFormerHostage

Hmmm, I like to dip my pizza in bleu cheese dressing, I like to eat peanut butter and mustard sandwiches, and I love french fries and mayonnaise. Never tried pizza and mayo, probably won't either. That just sounds disgusting! And the only thing I add to coffee beyond cream and sugar is whiskey.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreenEgg

I'm from Canada, but this in no way explains my odd food choices.

Breakfast sandwinch - Toast, peanut butter, fried egg, tomato, bacon and lettuce.
Lunch sanwinch - Peanut butter and Cheese Whiz
Hot sauce on everything (but not my oatmeal)
Hot chipolte sauce on ice cream

My wife often gives me a strange look for what I eat - but she's Dutch and eats candy made on salt... MADE OF SALT...

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldbear

There is a website devoted to putting weird things in coffee. (Amazingly enough it is called http://puttingweirdthingsincoffee.com/.) He put bleu cheese in coffee. I yearn for those innocent times when the most disgusting thing I could think of was cheddar cheese in coffee.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Silberstein

In Colombia they put cheese on hot chocolate for drinking. It is not bad if you use the right cheese.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarel

Author Tom Robbins once claimed to have invented a cocktail he called the Gin Greasy. Gin and Hellman's (of course) mayonnaise. Not a big enough fan of either to have been willing to try it out myself.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKschobert

You always make me laugh out loud... and now I am in hunt of some cheddar cheese to try in my coffee. :-) Kudos!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

There are all kinds of crazy pizza out there, I'll try just about any of them once. I'll try just about any food once actually, most I'll try twice (in case it was just a bad chef). I've tried mayo on top before, it was interesting but ranch was better. I didn't really care for either though, I could eat it but I'd never crave it.

The cheese in coffee thing sounds pretty bad if you think you're supposed to drink it, but apparently it's just to melt the cheese and add a little flavor to make a spread to put on toast. I have all the stuff, I might try it later.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCP

@ Rob K - no it isn't 'common in England to add mayonnaise or ranch dressing to a pizza'. It's unheard of. Nobody, nowhere, never. No. We don't even HAVE ranch dressing in England.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrFrisky

More people should just try different foods without regard for how gross it may seem to the mind. Once you get over preconceived notions of what's gross and what's not many things are actually fine to great. I never pass up an opportunity to gross out the kids too: ketchup on a twinky? No problem... :D (tastes like - ketchup. on a twinky. nbd really)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDale

SCOOOOOTT!! hahaha...

We don't put mayo on our pizzas... We don't put anything on our pizzas! (other than what already comes on it, of course). I think it's very weird how Americans put stuff like parmesan or pepper on top of their pizza! You're the weird one!

Although, seasoning the pizza is not nearly as weird as drinking milk with meals! That's just disgusting and wrong!
hahaha...

Miss you!

Note from Scott: Christiaaaaaaane!

I know YOU don't put mayo on Pizza (one of the many reasons we get along so well) but I swear to you we had two Brazilian ICP's whom I helped train who sat there at Take 5 and smeared a uniform, thick layer of Mayo over their entire slices of pizza.

I agree with you about the milk. Yuck!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCristiane

One of the best pizzas I've ever had was at a resort in the Dominican Republic. I was a standard red sauce pizza topped with blue cheese and banana slices. I kid you not! It was great!
The fact that it was practically the only edible food we had there has no bearing whatsoever.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikeN

In Australia, the pizza chain Dominos does a pizza that has mayonnaise. It is very tasty!
Also, there is a specialty 'Aussie' pizza that has ham bacon salami etc. with a freshly cracked egg before it gets cooked. Once the pizza is done, its all pretty tasty.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZac

@Rob K - I've been English all my life :-) and I've never seen anyone add mayo to a pizza over here. It might be a European thing, but it's not an English (or British) thing.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I'm surprised no one has stated that the Puerto Rican was merely "Snackifying his drink." http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/1/3/

Or maybe it was an attempt to drinkify his snack?

Note from Scott: Just another food scientist's ill fated attempt to create a slyrup.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThat Jeff

In Northern Minnesota some old people put cheese on their pie, and young people to put ranch dressing on their pizza. This cheese coffee thing repulsed me but then intrigued me, but the mayonnaise pizza only made me think "That's the best idea ever!"

But what do I know? Last night I put cayenne pepper and vegetable oil on bran flakes and licked them off of a plate, even though my kitchen well-stocked on normal food and dishes.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrady Kj

I like to put marmite on natto, and microwave it for 20 seconds or so. Then I eat it. Yum.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYum

I am still giggling over the whisky and ranch coctail from college!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenni B

Huh? What's wrong with Mayo on a pizza? Or egg? It's normal here in Aus...

One of the best pizzas I ever made had a Satay base, Brie Cheese, BBQ sauce and mayo swirl with pepperoni and a fried egg on top :)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEMC2

Ok so im from the UK but that has no relevance on anything really. As an earlier post said, the world is large.

Im guessing there are just weird people in every country. So it shouldn't suprise you to learn of weird combinations.

Personally I like sandwichs with marmite and penut butter.....but everyone I know says I'M weird for that.
Oh they also say I'm weird for not liking cheese......come on, its gone off milk.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOuzo

Actually here in Panama (latin america) its pretty common to have coffee with some cheese cubes. The cheese is called Queso Blanco (white cheese in english) and made by pressing the whey from cottage cheese. Its reaaally good. Seriously.

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFyro

I've had pizza w/ ranch drizzled on it. No biggie. Not an improvement in my book; not horrid.

I love dried fruit such as papaya and pineapple that's got a mix of sugar, a little salt, paprika and cayenne on it.

Watermelon with a LIGHT dusting of fine popcorn salt, and a good drizzle of lime juice is awesome.

Of course, I also eat beef tendon and pig ears, so I'm kinda' a little outside the regular dietary box for a white suburban American male.

Oh, and @ Matt S: I would draw the line before trying blue cheese dressing in coffee. That looks absolutely disgusting.

-Bill

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbill

Chicken and Mayonnaise is one of the world's most awesome pizza toppings, and don't let the imperialist counter-revolutionaries tell you otherwise. Bloody agents!

But cheddar in coffee is a crime against cheddar, coffee, humanity, and the laws of thermodynamics.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRudi

Pizza is one of those things where so many "Chef's" think they know better. I was in a pizza place this week (North East of the England) and there was a Chorizo pizza (so far so good as far as I'm concerned) with minted peas. Minty peas on a pizza!!!! No way. I had the New York Deli pizza instead. It was mediocre.

But the local takeaway, Dimitri's, does a pizza with spicy donner kebab meat, cheese (obviously) and sliced green chillies. It is gorgeous. You can take this with a mayo or spicy chilli dip.

If you don't like the taste the fat content is so high one pizza will burn on an open fire for over an hour.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

You people make me look conservative. All I like to do is munch on dry pasta.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

You mean you don't put mayo on your pizzas? You have NO idea what you're missing!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMateus

Like cheese, but don't like coffee, so cheese and coffee is a non-starter for me

Peanut butter and dill pickles on whole wheat - Yummy

Bleu cheese dressing on a baked potato - awesome, but if you thought the butter was bad for you....

My son likes ranch dressing on his teriyaki chicken, and would use it on pizza too.

I think a good last line for panel four might have been, "Well, he eats the pizza. Isn't that enough?"

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterphaser

I am going to have to research this cheese and coffee thing .. much as i like cheese and coffee as separate entities, i can't imagine being thrilled at drinking half melted chunks of cheese in a latte.
p.s. i am English and i'm pretty sure mayonnaise on a pizza isn't 'normal', (where normal is like tea with milk and sugar or crumpets with butter and jam..)

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShazcakes

Once I had some spicy mayonnaise that I dipped my pizza in. Really good.

I wouldn't do just straight up Hellman's Mayo though.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

a. Mayo on pizza is awesome! Especially chicken pizzas.

b. Americans have no right to comment on pizzas, American pizza is terrible!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPsycosm

@Cristiane: I beg to differ. I like to say I'll try anything edible at least once, but I've met my share of quite frankly horrifying pizza toppings all across Brazil that have put me to the test. Here they'll put anything over a pasta disk and call it pizza, really. For example:

- Quail eggs and corn pizza - not bad, actually
- Miscellaneous seafood. Tuna and sardines are common, but I've also seen codfish, kani / surimi, mussels and "sushi" pizza
- Goat pizza (with goat milk cheese)
- Chicken hearts pizza
- Cheeseburger pizza - topped with whole patties with a dollop of orange "cheddar" on each
- BBQ pizza, topped with strips of roasted meat and sausage and FRENCH FRIES (?!)
- Stroganoff pizza, both beef and chicken. And yes, it's as bad as it sounds
- Hot dog pizza, which here in Brazil means not only sliced frankfurters but a marinara-like sauce and canned corn and peas
- And the champion so far, lasagna pizza. Picture your typical mozzarella pizza, then add a layer of bolognese sauce and top it with strips of lasagna pasta. Weighs you down like an anchor!

That's just off the top of my head. Theres's also several variants of sweet pizza, like coconut with condensed milk or brownie.

And yes, I tried most of them.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrunoTR

How, talk about a strip erupting conversation! As well, for me at least, I am getting bombarded with stream of consciousness. I'd never till today heard of Cheese & Coffee, but reading the links that mc dc kindly shared and I am... intrigued, somewhat. Part of me sees parallels to Tibetan Butter Tea. Part of me thinks that C&C would be better variated with British Football-Hooligan fave hot Bovrill, served with Cheddar in it. (Partly because that drink came up in brekkie conversation today. Hmmm... sounds like drinking French Onion Soup?) And part of me thinks the idea of how the moten Cheese is scooped out for serving on Toast, that the remaining strained-Coffee might then taste that much closer to the aforementioned Tibetan Butter Tea... Damn, thanks for so much inspiration from just one comic!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldskool

In the UK if a pizza isnt covered in garlic mayonnaise, its not really a pizza!

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiego

Mayo on pizza sounds sensible enough. You should see some of the things Scottish people eat.
The hagis is pure evil, but not as bad as the deep-fried-mars-bar.

I always thought it was an urban mith until I actually saw them being severed in a chippy in Edinburgh.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergoosemonster

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