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?)


"I imagine other colas have the same effect but why bother?"
Because root beer is the only thing that should be drank with pizza, besides real beer.


Craft beer and orange juice - beermosa!


Mac & Cheese with Ketchup.


I have to agree. As a kid I would only eat Mac & Cheese with ketchup. People would always think it was so strange, but I never really saw the problem with putting cheese and tomatoes together


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.


Macaroni & cheese and baked beans make an awesome combination!


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


Peanut butter and nutella!


Nutella and anything, rather.


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


Mint chocolate chip icecream... AFTER brushing with mint toothpaste.

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


This is actually an EXTREMELY popular drink in Spain called Calimocho (or Calimotxo) dare you to find a single spaniard that has not ever tried it.

Joe in Jersey

I thought Gaseosa with Wine was more common. Gaseosa is just a basic carbonated drink that is sweetened, no other flavors are added. Think Seven-Up or Sprite without the lemon/lime flavoring.


Apple and peanut butter! Love it!


I have that for breakfast every weekday. Eating the numminess makes mornings not so bad.