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Why Do Sweet Flavors Pair with Salty Ones So Well?

From salted caramels all the way to maple-bacon milkshakes, there is nothing quite like the combination of sweet and salty.  If you love a sugar-sweet taste, but also crave a savory aftertaste that leaves you wanting more, salty and sweet treats are right up your alley.  And apparently, you’re not alone.  As salty and sweet candies are gaining popularity, scientists are looking into why you might find the marriage of these two flavors so tantalizing.
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As salty and sweet candies are gaining popularity, scientists are looking into why you might find the marriage of these two flavors so tantalizing.

It’s a Natural Craving

Peanut butter and chocolate go together as well as, if not even better than, peanut butter and jelly.  But why? We naturally crave sugar because the carbohydrates in sugar give us the energy we need to get through the day.  This craving goes back as far as our ancient primate relatives; the only difference is that they weren’t living off of delicious sweet and salty candies.  They ate ripe high-sugar fruits. We crave salt simply because we need it. Salt aids the countless biochemistry processes going on in our bodies. It just makes sense that we crave both of these satisfying flavors together. If nature is telling you to provide the nutrients that your body needs, try these delectable chocolate-covered pretzels.

The Science Behind It

The phrase “sensory-specific satiety” might sound fairly advanced, but all it means is that your body craves different textures and tastes to feel fully satisfied.  Salty and sweet combinations allow you to fulfill these cravings completely. Most humans are omnivores, which means they eat nearly everything. Since the days of our ancient ancestors, humans have been eating both salt- and sugar-rich foods.  Luckily, we have more options than our caveman cousins. Sweet and salty candies, like caramel popcorn, are the perfect fix for these ancient cravings.

For the Foodies Too!

If you’re a foodie who thinks you know a lot about how flavor works, you know about flavor-layering.  The combination of sugar and salt is the perfect way to layer different flavors in any food. The most highly-regarded chefs in the world work with all kinds of foods, and they are constantly finding the correct balance of both salty and sweet.  Of course, the best way to delve into the most satisfying taste combination is to do it with salt and sweet candies.

Delicious Chocolates and Candies from Wockenfuss


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