Any day of the week, I would choose chocolate candy, ice cream, cheesecake – or really any kind of cake for that matter – over a potato chip or pizza slice. Science shows that this phenomenon actually reveals alarmingly accurate information about me to the rest of the world. Our taste buds respond to 5 different tastes: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami. After studying a small sample of college students, the American Psychological Association discovered a correlation between personality and taste type. For example, those who preferred sweet foods were prone to being supportive and friendly, while those who preferred salty foods were more relaxed and carefree.
We all reach for our own distinct flavor, but most of us can appreciate and indulge in every taste. The taste you decide to create for your monkey bread can set the tone of a family meal or special gathering. Consider the items below to help you choose whether to make a sweet or savory monkey bread.
Before selecting the sweet or savory route, make sure you have an understanding of the purpose of the event or meal for which you plan to bake the monkey bread. If you’re attending a birthday party or anniversary celebration, the sweets section of the spread will probably be full. In this instance, plan to bring a savory option.
You need a side dish for an Italian dinner you’ve pre-made. Are you in a rush? Creating a savory monkey bread could save some time and require less ingredients than a typical sweet recipe. Or, let’s assume that you are headed to a Super Bowl party where the beer will be flowing endlessly. Put together a batch of pretzel dough and a simple cheese dipping sauce and you are sure to have a winning combination.
Maybe you know that your children opt for sweet foods over savory. Switch up the game plan and make your monkey bread the dessert instead of the entrée side. Monkey bread – especially of the sweet variety – can oftentimes have a strong taste. Make certain that your audience of eaters can handle the sweetness or saltiness of your creation.