of the Biggest Food Trends of 2017
Remember when we first went wild about brightly-colored bagels? Do you still have red dust on your hands from when Cheetos were sprinkled on virtually every food known to man? While some epicurean experiments have come and gone, 2017 has seen a wealth of outrageous new food trends hit the market—everything from surprising cooking styles to colorful ingredients showing up on menus around the world.
Before we say farewell to 2017 for good, Foodgōd rounded up some of the year’s most epic eats:
In 2017, food made like AC/DC and got back in black. Activated charcoal, a supposed superfood that foodies claim can whiten teeth, detox your digestive tract, and even fight aging, has been showing up in everything from lattes to pizza. Its most Instagrammed incarnation, however, has been ice cream, with this miracle ingredient lending a decidedly goth look to this sweet treat.
Donuts got a major makeover in 2017. Following the success of Dominique Ansel’s cronuts, donuts reverted back to their former form, although with a more polished look. Everything from galaxy-inspired decorations to gold leaf were on donuts this year, and breakfast pastry fans just couldn’t get enough.
Vegetarians got a tasty new way to satisfy their protein cravings in 2017. A wealth of new veggie burgers hit the market this year, promising an alternative to those bland soy patties of the past. Undeniably the most impressive among them, however, was the Impossible Burger, which looks, tastes, and even “bleeds” like the real deal.
Millennial pink is passé; in 2017, the best desserts were pretty in purple. Purple taro found its way into foodie favorites, from sundaes to cakes, throughout 2017. While taro has long been a part of many Asian cuisines, 2017 was the first time this trend got its due in the United States, making everything it touched a lovely lavender hue.
Sure, we’ve all eaten cookie dough from the tube, in spite of our better judgement. Fortunately, for those who love cookie dough, but not food poisoning, cookie dough eateries became big in 2017, with edible raw cookie dough replacing ice cream in countless creative concoctions.
Vacuum-sealing isn’t just for Thanksgiving leftovers anymore. Sous vide, a technique that cooks vacuum-sealed food in a precisely temperature-controlled water bath, has been all the rage in 2017, and with good reason. Not only does this technique seal in the juices from whatever you’re cooking, it also maintains an even temperature throughout the cooking process. This means you’re not dealing with an overcooked steak one day and a barely-done one the next.
Who says can’t have your cake and drink it, too? 2017 was the year boozy desserts got the respect they deserve. Whiskey ice cream, bourbon-infused root beer floats, rum cakes, and even wine milkshakes graced menus around the world this year, to the great delight of diners.
Going green took on a new meaning in 2017 with the rise of matcha. This green tea powder took the food world by storm this year, with matcha lattes, ice cream, pancakes, cupcakes, donuts, and more lighting up Instagram with their emerald hues.
S’mores, a summer campfire staple, took a decidedly glamorous turn in 2017. Not only were deconstructed s’mores topping everything from ice cream to birthday cake, these traditional three-ingredient treats got a major upgrade with flavored artisanal marshmallows, edible glitter, bacon, and even booze making their way into this classic recipe.
Scrambled eggs took a backseat to fluffy cloud eggs in 2017. This technique starts with whipping egg whites until stiff, similar to the preparation of a meringue. Cheese is then added, and yolks are dropped into the center before baking. While not quite as simple as whisking some eggs with a fork, the Insta-worthy look of cloud eggs is well worth the investment of time.
Rolled Ice Cream
Rolled ice cream, a treat popular in Thailand, found its way stateside in 2017. This technique, which flattens ice cream on a freezing cold surface and rolls it into pretty rosette-like tubes, turns this frozen dessert into a lighter, fluffier treat than your average scoop.
Lisa Frank isn’t the only one benefitting from the return of rainbow accessories and glitter these days. In 2017, chefs around the globe pounced on the unicorn food trend, creating sweet treats in multicolored hues and topping them with edible glitter, much to the delight of everyone’s inner child.
Gluten-free folks and low-carb dieters alike were won over by the wealth of cauliflower options that hit the market in 2017. Everything from breadsticks to mashed potatoes to pizza crust were replaced by healthier cauliflower versions, good news for health- and taste-conscious consumers everywhere.
2017 saw fine dining take a seat in favor of street food. From tacos to Thai noodles, street food—portable cuisine often served from carts and trucks—was the toast of the town in 2017, with restaurants like LA’s Night+Market and Brooklyn’s Domo Taco earning praise for their street food-inspired cuisine.
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