How sweet and spicy flavors work together - and some classic pairings to try
- Sweet and spicy pairings have existed for centuries and can be found in cuisines around the world.
- Sugar helps tame capsaicin, the chemical compound that give peppers their signature burning kick.
- Classic sweet and spicy pairings include Mexican hot chocolate and Thai chili sauce.
View all Offers
- 21% OFF
Wipro Smart Mid Back High Resilience Foam Home-Office Chair,Synchro tilt Mechanism,Adjustable armrest,Ergonomic Foam backrest,Waterfall Edge seat,3yr wrnty,BIFMA&Green Certified,IDM Winner(Black)₹ 9779₹ 14400Buy On
- 33% OFF
Duroflex LiveIn - Pressure Relieving, Memory Foam, Roll Pack, 8 Inch Queen Size Medium Firm Mattress with Superior Comfort and Anti Microbial Fabric (78 X 60 X 8 Inches)₹ 12199₹ 19999Buy On
MBTC Alaska Mesh Office Revolving Desk Chair₹ 3189₹ 4999Buy On
- 30% OFF
Nilkamal Leo Computer Trolley/Table (Black/Walnut)₹ 3250₹ 3500Buy On
Amazon Brand - Solimo Biela Single Seater Fabric Recliner (Brown)₹ 15999₹ 21999Buy On
The act of eating is so habitual, it's easy to forget we're engaging in a sensory experience that helps us decode flavor. The bites that make our taste buds sing occur because signals sent to the brain - the gustatory cortex to be exact - work to decipher what we're eating. Even smelling and hearing
This powerful sensory experience makes room for a lot of seemingly counterintuitive combinations that actually complement each other, including the marriage of two classic flavors: sweet and spicy foods.
How we process flavor
To understand how peppers and sugar go together, it's important to know how taste works. "Eating food is a huge sensory experience," says Brittany Towers, a Chicago-based food scientist. "We actually use most of our senses when we eat: sight, smell, sound, and of course, taste. Most of us learned in school that we have taste buds on our tongue that let us taste sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami, but processing flavor is much more than that."
The experience of flavor not only comes from the basic senses that we taste, but also the complex flavors that we smell while eating, called retronasal olfaction. "If you've ever tried eating while you are sick and your nose is stuffy and your sense of taste is really diminished, then you understand how much your nose and taste buds are connected."
Classic sweet and spicy pairings
- Mexican hot chocolate
- Hot pepper jelly
- Elote with chili-lime mayo
- Mango salsa
- Sweet chili sauce
- Chipotle baked ham
- Jalapeno margarita
The history and science of sweet and spicy
The fusing of flavors has been celebrated in cultures around the world for centuries. For sweet and spicy in particular, consider combos like chili-dusted mangoes and xocoatl, the ancient Aztecs' pepper-spiked hot chocolate. In more recent times, condiments such as hot honey and sweet chili sauce have become readily available at supermarkets and chefs continue to experiment with sweet and spicy in professional kitchens - pairing chile crisp, for example, not only with noodles, but also chocolate and ice cream.
"Odd flavor pairings are all about balance. With sweet and spicy, our body processes spice through receptors in our taste buds and the capsaicin in peppers binds to our taste buds," says Tower. "This emits a sensation of warming and burning - and can even make you sweat. The sweetness is there to balance out this spicy flavor."
It's why you're told to drink milk when you eat something spicy. "Fat helps wash the capsaicin away, but did you also know sugars can help tame some of that heat as well? By coating your tongue, sugars can help tame some of that spiciness leading to a balancing of flavors and help people tolerate spicy foods better," she says. "If you aren't used to eating spicy foods, try reaching for something sweet and spicy to start."
Finding the right balance
For many people, there's a delicate balance between achieving the right level of sweet and spicy. "Don't make it so sweet that all the spiciness is dulled and don't make it so unbearably spicy that people are drinking all the milk in your fridge," Towers says. One of her favorite sweet and spicy combinations is a jalapeño, mango, and passion fruit cocktail (or alcohol free) rimmed with Tajin. "In this cocktail, you get most of our basic tastes - sweet, salty, sour, umami - and a kick of spice that all balance out perfectly."7 ways to use chili crisp, according to professional chefs 5 science-backed benefits of eating spicy food and how it can help you burn calories and live longer I tried Kylie Jenner's divisive sweet-and-spicy avocado toast and I'm never going back to the basic recipe Jelly Belly's new spicy jelly beans are so hot there's even a warning on the label
- Amazon Great Republic Day Sale — Best deals and offers on Apple iPhones, iPads, and more
- ‘Extreme fear’ is ruling the crypto markets — is this an opportunity or a warning sign for investors?
- El Salvador's president hits back on Twitter after rating agency Moody's issues warning over its bitcoin buying
- Best deals on hair straighteners, trimmers and other grooming products on Amazon
- Amazon Republic Day Sale 2022 — Best deals and offers on Echo smart speakers, Fire TV Sticks and more
- Two IndiGo planes avert mid-air collision over Bengaluru airport, DGCA to take strict action
- India's tennis star Sania Mirza announces retirement from the sport by the end of 2022 season
- EaseMyTrip launches a new campaign featuring Vijay Raaz and Varun Sharma to promote its full-refund medical policy
- Mythology audiobooks
- Electric car Championship
- India's win in Centurion
- Millionaires Employees
- Car with Waiting Period
- Tax Saving Investment
- Urban Company
- New Year 2022
- Upcoming new laptops
- Bank Holidays in January
- Valuable NFT Projects
- Xiaomi 11i hypercharge
- GST Input tax credit
- Public Holidays in 2022
- RBL Stocks
- Upcoming Smartphones in 2022