Skip to main content

Prince was one of the most famous musicians of all-time, but he was also among the most unique celebrities around. He had some interesting idiosyncrasies about his personality, which seemed to extend to the foods that he ate.

When many people achieve the level of fame and fortune that Prince did, they start eating high-priced foods like filet mignon and lobster. But Prince kept his culinary choices more in line with the average person — with some odd twists.

For example, he liked spaghetti but he chose a unique drink to go along with it. Here are details of that and some of his other interesting food preferences.

A seven-time Grammy winner

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in 1958 and began his music career as a teenager in 1975. His first solo studio album, For You, was released in 1978 and would ultimately go on to release 39 studio albums during his life, with two more albums released posthumously following his 2016 death.

His most famous album, Purple Rain, was made into a feature film of the same name. He won an Oscar for the film’s title track.

He was a seven-time Grammy winner and was nominated for Grammys more than a dozen other times. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Spaghetti and orange juice?

SPIN published an oral history of Purple Rain in 2009, on the occasion of the album’s 25th anniversary, and one of the magazine’s writers went out to eat with the legendary musician as part of the article. In it, the writer recalled that they went to a simple restaurant in the vein of Denny’s, and he ordered a grilled cheese sandwich.

Prince, on the other hand, went with spaghetti. And for a drink, the singer paired the pasta with orange juice, which the article calls “one of his favorite meals,” but it’s a combination that few people would likely come up with on their own.

Such an order is basically a microcosm of Prince’s career. Spaghetti is a fairly basic meal, but having orange juice with it makes it an original — similar to how Prince was unique from all of the musicians who came before him.

Other foods Prince enjoyed

Prince | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

What Prince Said About the Meaning of ‘Purple Rain’

Spaghetti and orange juice wasn’t Prince’s only meal of choice that could raise eyebrows. Here are some of the other foods he enjoyed that people likely wouldn’t associate with a star of his magnitude.


Dunkaroos were a chocolate-and-frosting snack popular with kids in the ’90s that had a cartoon kangaroo on the packaging. The snack wasn’t really known to be something that adults ate — but Prince did. Prince said he didn’t know why he liked them. “They’re just good! Sometimes you want a food that is comfortable and takes you back. For me, it’s those crazy little kangaroo crackers.”

Yak’s milk

In America, most people drink cow’s milk. In recent years, healthier types — such as almond milk — have become popular. For Prince, though, his milk of choice came from yaks. He thought it was great with Chex cereal, and felt that yak’s milk was good for clarifying the mind and skin. Yak’s milk, according to the musician, was “TOO AMAZING.”


Mustard isn’t as unusual as some of Prince’s other favorite foods, but how much he enjoyed it was unique. He reportedly had 18 different varieties of the condiment in his refrigerator, featuring brands from Germany to Texas. He said that he didn’t collect mustard, but “yeah there’s a lot in there,” referring to his fridge. He felt that “the raspberry kind” was the best, but admitted that “you wouldn’t expect it but that’s how it goes.”