of the Craziest Food Trends of 2017
2017 has been full of crazy ups and downs—particularly when it comes to food.
With the ubiquity of Instagram, foodies from around the world have been sharing the most daring, decadent, and delicious trends of 2017 all year long. From slices of pizza piled high with unique toppings to alternative proteins perfect for adventurous eaters, these edible trends will go down in history as some of the craziest concoctions of all time.
Get your appetites ready: this year has been one wild ride.
Far-Out Pizza Toppings
Move over, Margherita. Your basic ’zas saw crazy upgrades in 2017. Pizzerias all over the country got creative with wild pizza toppings—everything from corn dogs to entire cheeseburgers.
Apparently, regular ol’ milkshakes weren’t sweet enough on their own in 2017. As the over-the-top milkshake craze continued this year, it became rare to see one on social without a heaps of candy, cookies, or an entire slice of cake on top.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but gold is a whole lot easier to eat. Desserts got more gussied up in 2017, when edible gold became a staple in sweets at restaurants around the world.
Vampires and zombies are so passé. Food trends have taken a turn to the adorable side in 2017, with a wealth of unicorn-inspired treats—from milkshakes to marshmallows—dotting menus with their sugar-coated colors.
With sustainability on the tip of everyone’s tongues, alternative protein sources are bigger than ever this year. People were bugging out over this creepy crawler trend, as insects made their way into tacos, brownies, ice cream, and more.
Beef-based burgers took a back seat in 2017, with their seafood counterparts taking center stage. Sushi burgers, whether smaller sliders or oversized ramen-encased delights, were all the rage this year.
Dessert took a decidedly goth turn in 2017. Activated charcoal was on non-stop social rotation this year, giving typically sweet snacks a dark and dangerous look. Dare to delight in the dark side?
Forget sous vide: waffle irons were the hottest kitchen accessory in 2017. Virtually everything was waffled this year—from mashed potatoes to pasta to eggs—turning breakfast into an all-day affair.
Plant-based burgers got a little bit closer to the real thing in 2017, thanks to the magic of food science. The Impossible Burger, a vegan burger that looks, tastes, and even “bleeds” like beef, changed the culinary landscape in a major way.
Why have one dessert when you can have two (or more)? Creative mashups and sweet treats flaunting a little something extra were the biggest dessert trend in 2017.
Unicorns weren’t the only fantasy creatures getting their time in the spotlight this year. The mermaid trend invited foodies to channel their inner Ariel. Thanks to plant-based dyes, we saw a wave of amazingly-colorful mermaid food in both sweet and savory forms.
Alcoholic Ice Cream
One of the sweetest good fortunes to come out of 2017: never having to choose between dessert and drinks again. Wine- and whiskey-based ice creams and sorbets were some of craziest culinary creations of the past year.
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