of the Worst Food Trends of 2017
2017 was a year chock-full of new food trends. Unfortunately, out of the many new foods that flooded the market, few lived up to the hype they were given. Despite everyone’s insistence that pink wine will never go out of style and that toasted bread is worth a good chunk of our paycheck, we’re hoping these foods were just a flash in the pan. Before we ring in 2018, let’s pour one out for these ill-fated edible trends:
Whether you call it poke, crudo, or sashimi, it feels like everyone had a raw fish dish on their menu this year. The bad news? Most of them shouldn’t. Unless you’re getting exceptionally fresh fish and have a wildly dexterous chef, raw fish isn’t a food everyone is fit to prepare.
What we were promised: a flavorful, low-calorie alternative to pasta. What we got: a limp bowl of zucchini strings. Let’s just go back to eating the real stuff—in moderation, of course.
Smoothie bowls may be pretty, but they’re a mess to eat and may not even be that good for you. Some smoothie bowls use a yogurt base, making them basically breakfast ice cream.
Rick and Morty’s popularization of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce has been the bane of many a fast food worker’s existence. Not only do most stores not carry it, it’s also just a fast food sauce packet—it will never live up to the hype. Ketchup will do just fine in 2018.
Wine Ice Cream
Ice cream is perfect on its own. Wine is perfect on its own. And since we generally don’t want our drinks to have 1,000 calories apiece, or for our desserts to leave us with booze breath, we hope wine ice cream doesn’t follow us into 2018.
The bigger, the better definitely doesn’t apply when it comes to sushi. While sushi burritos were a popular treat in 2017, these oversized sushi rolls proved you can have too much of a good thing.
Your average loaf of bread costs less than $5, so how are we spending so much cash on toast? 2017 saw the rise of fancy, overpriced toast in restaurants around the world, but with any luck, by next year, we’ll be making it at home, for pennies, once again.
Just because you can create a cool portmanteau out of something doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. While frosé is fun to say, the brain freeze you get from actually imbibing it is a whole lot less enjoyable.
Mason Jar Salads
Any convenient means of getting food to the office is usually welcome, but we could do without more Mason jar salads in 2018. What started as an at-home-only trend quickly spiraled out of control, with numerous restaurants starting to serve these pint-sized salads that are easy to make and hard to eat.
While it’s certainly a healthier choice than soda, we hope 2018 is the year we stop acting like La Croix is the holy grail of sparkling water. It’s just flavored water in a can! Simma down, now.
Fancy Tater Tots
French fries have dominated the fried potato market for years, but 2017 saw the meteoric rise of loaded tater tots. Despite their undeniable tastiness, the pounds of lobster, crème fraiche, truffles, caviar, and other high-end ingredients loaded onto tater tots in 2017 often obscured their already perfect form.
While we all got a kick out of embracing our inner goths with all the activated-charcoal-infused foods on the market this year, we won’t be sad to see this trend go. Let’s leave that black-ring-around-the-mouth in 2017.
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