A SuperFreakonomics Contest: Underappreciated Complements?

Iced tea and lemonade are hardly perfect complements — they can each be happily consumed individually — but more and more I see them being served together. I have always known this combo as an “Arnold Palmer”; increasingly, however, as in this ad at the New York chain drugstore Duane Reade, it is known simply as “half-iced tea, half-lemonade.”

I like an Arnold Palmer just fine, but to my taste the best combo drink of all time is a cranberry juice and Fresca. What? You’ve never tried it?! Thank me later.

This has gotten me thinking about other wonderful complements in life. Surely many of them are in the realm of food and drink. But there’s also driving a convertible in cold weather with the heat on, e.g.

What are some of your favorite — especially underappreciated — complements? Tell us in the comments section and we’ll take five of the best and vote for the favorite. Winner gets a free copy of new SuperFreakonomics paperback.


Mint chocolate chip ice cream and pineapple topping!


Someone's gotta say it. Reading and Sitting on the Toilet.


Democrats and Republicans. Apart they are destructive together they are... well... neutralizing.


Pizza and Coke. The Coke actually helps break down the cheese. And who isn't looking for an excuse to have a Coke? (Or I imagine other colas have the same effect but why bother?)


Craft beer and orange juice - beermosa!


Mac & Cheese with Ketchup.


Olsen twins.


Having a window in your workspace/office. You don't appreciate it until you don't have it.


Macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and hot dogs mixed together. An accidental invention from my childhood, I still eat macabeanieweenie.


Avocado and ketchup. Don't knock it til you try it.


Peanut butter and nutella!


5pm on a Friday Afternoon and three day weekends

Dylan Tredrea

fluffernutter (spelling?): Peanut Butter (Jif) with marshmallow fluff on the freshest wonder-bread you can find.

America, **** yeah


Orange juice with popcorn.

Jason Monsman

pastrami on a hamburger... the "fat doug" at chef michael symon's b-spot in cleveland, oh

Joe in Jersey

Hamburger with cream cheese.


Late-night drives and baseball on the radio.

Joe in Jersey

Pizza w/ blue cheese dressing (or ranch)


Coke and wine


Apple and peanut butter! Love it!