Complements which are local, not global

Several of you might have heard of this excellent philosophical time waster before, but it’s new to me (apparently it was first devised by Wilfrid Sellars):

Identify three foods A, B, and C such that any two of these are complementary (taste good in combination) but the trio does not.  So A and B must be complementary, B and C must be complementary, and A and C must be complementary, but A, B, and C must be foul when combined together.  (It’s harder than I thought!)

Here are some possible answers.  I opt for Coke, Merlot, and Chicken.  The pointer is from Ananda Gupta.

Addendum: In the comments, Stephen Dubner nails it.


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