This was the year that brought us Salt Bae, Prosecco-flavoured everything and more vegan options than ever.
But while those viral food trends are here to stay, other much weirder fads are bound to be consigned to history.
Coffees in cones, cakes that look like raindrops, naturally pink chocolate and cloud eggs were just some of the zany foods that had spells in the spotlight in 2017, according to Twitter.
But though they were all the rage on Instagram for a time, it’s predicted that these foods certainly won’t be on the table in 2018.
In 2017, foodies on Instagram were obsessed with ‘unicorn’ food – essentially normal meals dyed with food colouring to make them brightly coloured. One of the strangest was unicorn noodles or unicorn spaghetti, which transformed a normal dinner into an unappetising meal that resembles Plasticine
Cloud eggs – where the white is separated from the yolk and is whipped into a frothy consistency before being baked – sent foodies into a frenzy in May, but the trend has since died down. They were popular among health fanatics as they only have 161 calories – but poached and boiled eggs actually have slightly fewer calories (and are much quicker to make)
The sushi burger took off on social media this year, but this dish is a classic example of a meal that looks far better than it is to eat. Fans of the burger – which replaces a burger bun with sushi rice and is filled with raw fish, seaweed and often teriyaki sauce – admit that it ‘can be messy to eat’ as the rice falls apart in your hands as soon as you take one bite
Serving coffee in cones went viral this year – but the cone won’t keep the drink hot for long, unlike a ceramic mug, and if the cone has any chocolate on it, it will melt into the coffee. This is another trend that looks better than it tastes in reality, which means it probably won’t last into 2018
Yorkshire pudding wraps are one of the few food trends that started in the UK, but it’s yet to be seen if they will be so popular next year. As you can see from the picture, a Yorkshire pudding is too thick to really contain the gravy inside and it will inevitably leak everywhere when you try to eat it. One way around it is to remove the gravy – but then you’d just be left with a dry Yorkshire and meat
A new type of naturally pink chocolate was invented this year by Zurich-based Barry Callebaut, the first new type of chocolate for 80 years, since white chocolate was invented. It’s said to ‘taste of berries’ and is made from ruby cocoa beans. However it is yet to catch on as it is not currently on sale and won’t be for at least another year, so it could be 2019 until this food trend really takes off
Waitrose’s food and drink report tipped vegetable yoghurts – flavoured with beetroot and sweet potato, for example – as a big new health craze for 2017 last year but they haven’t really caught on, and in fact, Waitrose is one of just a few supermarkets to stock them
Raindrop cakes became an Instagram sensation this year as the cakes look exactly like bubbles of water. However one food critic who tried them said they were utterly ‘tasteless’ in a classic example of something that looks much nicer than it tastes
Doughnuts have been very popular this year, which means inevitably, there have been a lot more doughnut hybrids. One of the strangest was a ‘spaghetti donut’, created by Pop Pasta in Brooklyn. The pasta store moulds spaghetti into donut shapes and deep fries it. It looks quite fun, but we can imagine that many Italians are fairly disapproving
Charcoal ice cream was all the rage on Instagram this summer – but seeing as it will leave your tongue black, we’re not sure it will catch on and become a mainstream food trend
Unicorn toasties and unicorn toast was another food trend that lit up Instagram. But though it looks pretty in the pictures, do you really want to eat a lot of artificially coloured cheese for lunch?
Edible glitter was sprinkled on everything this Christmas, from a turkey sandwich at Sainsbury’s to crisps. But one London pub called The Fox Under The Hill went so far as to add it to its gravy in the run-up to Christmas. HungryHorse, which owns the pub, is considering rolling it out at its 292 other pubs, but we predict this will be a trend left in 2017