A Look Back on 7 of the Most Interesting Food Trends of 2018

Thanks to popular photo-sharing platforms such as Instagram, more people than ever are privy to the wild and colorful world of viral food. Self-proclaimed foodies have proven themselves willing to go out of their ways to taste food trends for themselves—New Yorkers reportedly waited up to three hours in line for a bagel during the height of the rainbow bagel food craze—and then take to social media to document the adventure with the click of a butter.

While some food trends have gone on to become culinary staples—such as the Cronut® Pastry from Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York—others make a splash in the culinary foodscape and then disappear soon after.

From messy avocado buns to the now-ubiquitous mushroom coffee, here’s a look back at seven of the most interesting food trends we experienced in 2018.

1. Avocado Buns

Yes, these bright, vibrant buns are beautiful to look at, but have you actually tried to eat a sandwich or a burger made with an avocado bun? The structural integrity is just not there. Here’s hoping that in 2019, avocados remain encased inside of sandwiches—or smashed on top of toast, if you must.

Avocado bun burger with red beans patty

2. Aperol Everything

This summer, you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing at least a handful of people sipping on one of those pretty, red-orange drinks. The Aperol spritz blew up this summer, thanks in large part to the Campari’s marketing efforts. The drink is light, bubbly and extremely popular in Italy: what wasn’t to like?

3. Mushroom Coffee

As off-putting as the concept of pairing fungus with coffee sounds, mushroom-infused coffee dominated the food scene this year, likely because of all the medicinal properties that Reishi and Chaga mushrooms offer, such as high antioxidant activity and boosted immune function. Mushroom Coffee Superfood Trend. Cup of coffee and white bowl with mushrooms on wooden background with sunlight. Caffeine latte, drink, hipster, instagram trend. Coffees for best energy and creativity

4. Plant Proteins

Sales of plant-based meat increased by 23 percent in 2018 alone, and the trend does not look to be slowing down anytime soon. The US retail market is now worth $684 million, according to Forbes.

5. Oat Milk

Oat milk is having a moment. Much to the delight of lactose-intolerant people everywhere, the plant-based alternative is just as creamy and luscious as its dairy-milk alternative. Plus, baristas love it, because it froths up beautifully.

Everything You Should Know About Oat Milk + a Recipe

6. Activated Charcoal

Despite the fact that several restaurants have banned foods infused with activated charcoal, citing health risks, you’ve probably still seen activated charcoal lattes, ice creams, and the like on your Instagram page.

Beautiful activated charcoal latte

7. Cricket Powder

Marketed as a sustainable, high-protein choice, cricket powder has been on the up-and-up for some time now, and is probably highly enjoyed by people who don’t mind eating a little insect dust with their daily smoothie.

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59 comments

Dennis Hall
Dennis Hall3 months ago

thank you

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Angela K
Angela K3 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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beba h
beba h3 months ago

Happy to see the plant protein trend going strong and hope it continues world wide. I am actually using an activated charcoal toothpaste right now.

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Shae Lee
Shae L3 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Jack Y
Jack Y3 months ago

thanks

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Jack Y
Jack Y3 months ago

thanks

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John J
John J3 months ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J3 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Marija M
Marija M3 months ago

tks

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D3 months ago

Mushroom coffee???!!! Cricket powder???!!! NOT in my house.

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