Many women experience strong cravings during pregnancy. And whether you’re pregnant or not, sometimes all you want is to eat peanut butter straight from the jar with a spoon, right?

5 bizarre cravings

5 bizarre cravings

But some women’s cravings are more than just a little odd.

Designers Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues started collecting and posting on their blog all manner of madcap stories about cravings from pregnant women. Their new book Pickles and Ice Cream brings together some of the weird, wonderful and utterly disgusting concoctions they’ve come across.

Would you give any of these a try?

1. Stone walls

The craving of: Clair, Bristol, England

Ingredients:Cement wall


1. Procure your piece of wall in the most legal way possible.

2. Lick it or break off small, bite-size pieces.

Verdict: Tastes like expensive dental work. We’ll make you a deal. You don’t eat this. We won’t tell your neighbours what you just did to their wall.

2. Ice cream and chilli sauce

The craving of: Eunice, Roseburg, Oregon, USA


2 scoops of ice cream

Sweet chilli sauce

Method: Scoop ice cream into a dish, pour the chilli sauce over it.

Verdict: Horrible.

3. Waffles with mustard and Brussels sprouts

The craving of: Michele, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA


1 egg, beaten

1 cup all-purpose flour

2tsp sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

180 ml milk

60ml sunflower oil

4 Brussels sprouts

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp mustard


1. Add the flour, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, milk and oil to the egg and beat well.

2. Pour the mixture into a heated waffle iron (this recipe makes two waffles). Cook until golden brown and crispy (four to five minutes).

3. While you are cooking the waffles, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook for five to 10 minutes until tender. Remove the pot from the heat and drain.

4. Serve the waffles on a plate with the mustard and Brussels sprouts on top.

Verdict: If you love Brussels sprouts, you might be able to appreciate this as a slightly offbeat waffle topping. If not, it’s future vomit.

4. Hot dogs with peanut butter dip

The craving of: Nikki, San Diego, California, USA


2tbsp peanut butter

1-3 hot dogs

Method: Place peanut butter in a small dish. Dip hot dogs into the peanut butter and eat.

Verdict: The first time that being allergic to nuts will work to your advantage.

5. Seat belt

The craving of: Patricia, Addison, Alabama, USA

Method: This can be enjoyed raw in the car by simply chewing on an available seat belt. Or you can remove a seat belt and gnaw on it in the comfort of your home.

Verdict: Seat belts were invented by Englishman George Cayley in the mid-19th century. Since then, they have been used to help keep vehicle passengers safer in the event of an accident. And after tasting them, it is clear this should continue to be their only purpose. Forever.