French fries & ice cream, maple syrup & (carrot) bacon, fleur de sel & chocolate chocolate chip cookies. These dynamic duos are addictive flavor combinations. So why does sweet and salty go together so well?
Typically, we don’t actually taste all the sweetness of the sugar that we eat. Adding a little salt primes our taste buds to receive more of the sugar’s sweetness, so it enhances our perception of flavor.
So the next time you make chocolate chip cookies at home, go ahead and sprinkle on some coarse sea salt – you’ll never go back to plain cookies again!