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5 Regrettable Food Trends of 2012

Pickles:
While I am a big fan of pickles and lacto-fermentation, I feel the whole pickling thing has gotten a bit out of hand. This includes everything from pickled shrimp to packaged and sold frozen pickle juice pops (big in Texas). This is just a case of too much of a good thing, or an idea with far too many applications. The situation may have been best summed up by the comedy series Portlandia and their take on the artisan pickle situation (see below):

What are some of the most regrettable food trends you have witnessed over the past year (or so)?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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10:47AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Savory Candy Bacon Lollipops, Bacon-Flavored Microwave Popcorn, Bacon Jam, Bacon Mayonnaise, Bacon-Flavored Dental Floss, Bacon Cupcakes, Bacon-Infused Vodka, and Bacon Personal Lubricant

I've never understood Americans and their obsession with bacon, at least I assume it mainly manifests itself there

10:40AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Ew,

11:20AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Thank you.

7:21PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

We have a local restaurant that has a featured sundae. My husband & I never eat there because the owner treats his employees badly, but I was recently in the hospital right near there, and it was the only place available after a return appt., so we reluctantly went. They were advertising a sundae which, for every one of these purchased, they pledge to make a donation (no amt. provided, so could be 10 cents for all anyone would know)to a Veteran's organization. The sundae consists of multiple batter-dipped deep fried brownies with multiple scoops of ice cream, then chocolate syrup, other toppings and whipped cream! To be honest, I wouldn't mind a bite or two to try, but the thing itself was BIG! It was sort of like -- let's encourage increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, etc., in the name of charity. My guess is that they don't sell too many, so the owner "looks" good for being willing to donate to our Vets, but in the end, doesn't have to do so too often. It was pretty disgusting...

7:05PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

BACON PERSONAL LUBRICANT??!!!

4:08AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

I've heard on tv some months ago that pumpkin is starting to be a hyped food-trend [example: http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2012/oct/25/pumpkin-new-bacon-fall-trend-food/ ], such as Tim Hortons with its seasonal pumpkin (and calorie laden) flavoured products.

9:15PM PST on Dec 15, 2012

I love bacon but it doesn't belong in my candy or icecream. I like cupcakes but I don't see the need for shops that sell only cupcakes and I don't know who is paying $2 for a cake pop at Starbucks.

3:06AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

The sad thing is that some people buy this stuff.

1:28AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

I hope the Twinkie doesn't come back, would like it to stay in the past. And the bacon trend, unbelievable- had no idea. I don't like any of these trends. Thanks for the post.

12:42PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Bacon Scented KY Jelly? YUCK!

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