Classic food fights: Where do you stand on the 9 great food debates?

Aug 19, 2020
Debates over whether pineapple belongs on pizza or what goes on a scone first has been dividing households for years. Source: Domino's Australia/Getty.

The never-ending debates over whether pineapple belongs on pizza, what goes on a scone first, and whether staples such as tomato sauce or chocolate belong in the fridge or pantry have been dividing households for years. So where do you stand on the nine great food debates?

Does pineapple belong on pizza?

It’s safe to say pineapple is one of those pizza toppings that many people love to hate. As Domino’s Pizza would put it: “For some, pineapple on pizza is the greatest thing to ever happen to mankind, and for others, the greatest tragedy.”

If this is the case in your household, the good news is Domino’s Pizza offers a Half ‘n’ Half option — so you won’t have to worry about causing any family arguments at the dinner table! And the best part is, Domino’s has recently ditched its $2 surcharge on split pizzas. That’s right, you can now split any large pizza for free!

And there’s no shortage on options with 378 potential Half ‘n’ Half combos. If you’re stuck for inspiration, the top five most popular Half ‘n’ Half combinations are BBQ Meatlovers and Hawaiian; Hawaiian and Supreme; NY Big Cheese and NY Big Pepperoni; Hawaiian and Pepperoni; and NY Big Ham & Pepperoni and NY Big Pepperoni.

What goes on a scone first — jam or cream?

It’s the debate that has divided the world for decades — what should be spread on scones first, the jam or the cream? Even Starts at 60 readers have weighed in on the popular debate, with the majority saying they’d spread the jam before the cream on their afternoon tea treat. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth’s former chef Darren McGrady revealed it’s always jam first, then cream second for the Monarch.

The big tea debate: milk or water first?

Should you add the boiling water to your cup of tea first or the milk? That’s the question on everyone’s lips after a poll, carried out by YouGov, revealed that the ideal way to make a brew is to pour the boiling water over the teabag first, followed by a splash of milk, with almost 80 per cent of people following this routine.

However, the findings also revealed that people’s tea-making habits tend to differ with age, as the survey revealed that more older people opt to add milk to their mug first. More than 30 per cent of over-65s add milk first, compared to just 4 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds

Does tomato sauce belong in the fridge or in the pantry?

It is a question that gets thrown around time and time again, with some insisting that the sauce only has the right, runny consistency when stored at room temperature. While others swear the fridge is the best place to store the condiment, preferring a cool topping for warm pies and hot chips.

Evidence that it’s a divisive topic? One Twitter user who goes by the name @skcollob_ho tweeted that “tomato sauce… belongs in the fridge” only for another Twitter user called @pimento to contradict them, writing: “Nope. Tomato sauce goes in the pantry”.

How to eat pizza

Do you eat pizza with your hands or with a knife and fork? Some people think using a knife and fork is the best way to eat a slice of pizza because it’s neat, but others swear by eating pizza with their bare hands. What do you prefer? And if you prefer eating pizza with your hands, do you opt for the one-handed lift and hope your toppings don’t go sliding off or the fold-and-hold method?

To dip or not to dip things into your tea or coffee?

Remember dipping biscuits into milk as a kid? From shortbread biscuits to chocolate bars, the options are endless if you’re a dunking enthusiast! But dunking definitely isn’t for everyone — there are those out there who don’t love finding soggy crumbs at the bottom of their cup. What’s your take on dunking — gross or great?

Does maple syrup belong on bacon?

These days it’s hard to flip through a cafe menu without coming across maple bacon (bacon that’s been coated in sweet maple syrup). You’ll find maple bacon in muffins, burgers and even on doughnuts. While many think it’s the greatest foodie invention, others find it too overpowering and rich, and some think it’s downright gross.

Edge piece or centre-cut brownie?

Nothing beats homemade brownies straight from the oven, but when it comes to sampling a piece, do you head straight for the edge piece that has a bit of crunch to it or the chewy centre-cut brownie?

Does chocolate belong in the fridge or the pantry?

Whether chocolate should be stored in the fridge or in the pantry is one of life’s great debates. Confectionary giant Cadbury recently weighed in on the issue, and said chocolate should be always kept in the pantry or a cool, dry cupboard.

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