2017 isn’t even halfway through and already there has been some wild and crazy food trends. Mermaid food, unicorn drinks, spaghetti doughnuts—these are just some of the tasty treats to have hit the food scene (and Instagram) in the short few months of this year.
Curious about these colorful, sparkly, sprinkle-y dishes? Keep reading.
1. Mermaid Toast
Trendy toast has been around long before food stylist, Adeline Waugh, began playing around with food coloring—avocado toast, anyone?
The foodie artist is hailed as the original creator of unicorn toast, in which cream cheese bases are added with healthy food coloring mixtures like goji berry powder (for an orange color) or pomegranate powder (to get light pinks). The end result is a brightly colored mixture that looks like something a unicorn would eat.
With mermaid toast, however, Waugh wanted to take her toast to new heights. “I simply wanted to create something new beyond unicorn toast. I’m always trying to evolve and think outside the box when it comes to food,” she said. By using chlorophyll and spirulina (types of vitamin-filled algae!) to get beautiful shades of blue and green for a more aquatic look, she “decided to name it ‘mermaid toast’ to keep up the tradition of toasts named after mythical creatures.”
Start with your favorite bread, toast it and brush with plain white cream cheese as a base, adding in dollops of colored cream cheese swirled around with a butter knife.
2. Unicorn Lattes
Continuing with the theme of colorful eats, Instagram has gone crazy over unicorn-inspired drinks. Infused with psychedelic colors, it’s actually quite nutritious and good for you, with no processed sugar or food coloring in it.
Acting as a natural digestive and metabolism booster, the drink is topped with turmeric, pomegranate, ginger, lemon, coconut milk, honey and blue-green algae—different versions can taste tart, sweet, spiced or a combination of sensations.
The End, a coffee bar in Brooklyn, has been a pioneer of this drink, using juice and plant-based potions to promote wellness and healing. Co-owner Bret Caretsky says, “We developed the Unicorn Latte as a healthy and delicious product.”
3. Spaghetti Doughnuts
This Italian-minded novelty food takes spaghetti pie to a new, handheld, level and allows your carb goals to become a reality.
Created by Pop Pasta, a New York-based company, notes that the food hybrid “combines a popular Neapolitan dish, the spaghetti pie with an American food icon, the doughnut.”
Essentially, the spaghetti doughnut is portable pasta and is in no way a sweet pastry. Combining spaghetti and red sauce, creators bake the strands in ring molds, add in eggs and cheese and fry until crispy.
4. Black Ice Cream
Despite the color craze in drinks and on toast (or maybe because of it), a new phenomenon has popped up: black ice cream.
Don’t worry though, it tastes nothing like the charcoal briquettes you use in a barbecue—the treat has a mild sweetness and is the perfect summer treat for your wild foodie dreams.
5. Cloud Eggs
The new Instagram “it” food, cloud eggs are a puffy mass that add an airy twist to your regular breakfast.
Making cloud eggs is actually quite easy: simply separate the yolk from the egg whites, beat the egg whites until they’re fluffy enough to form stiff peaks and bake them. Make a hole in each egg white and place the egg yolk inside, baking both items together. Serve on toast, eat them on their own, serve with cheese, herbs or ham or do something totally new and create your own food fad!
Making your toast look like it belongs to a mermaid or your eggs as fluffy as a cloud doesn’t do too much to change how it tastes but it is fun to get a little creative every now and then. What food trends do you think will get big by the end of the year?
If you decide to make any of these fun foods, take a pic and tag us on Instagram!