Food fads come and go. One minute everyone’s singing the praises of kale, and the next they’re salivating over purple cauliflower.
Eventually, today’s hip or “exotic” dishes or ingredients show up on the menu of your neighborhood Applebee’s, long after the world’s foodies have moved on to something else. But before that happens, those foods are hard to avoid, as they overwhelm your Instagram feed and clutter restaurant menus. They’re this year’s cronut, Sriracha, or bacon-on-everything.
So which trendy foods are in danger of wearing out their welcome in 2017? We have some ideas. Although not every food fad on this list is straight-up bad (though some definitely are), all are guilty of being overhyped and overdone.
Read on for the 15 food trends that people are totally sick of.
1. Unicorn food
Unicorns may be mythical, impossible-to-catch creatures, but the food trend they inspired is inescapable. Sparkly, rainbow-colored foods have been blowing up the internet for a while, but the trend might have peaked in April, when Starbucks unveiled its limited-edition Unicorn Frappucino, a “color-changing spectacle” of a beverage topped with “fairy powders.” The sugary drink was eye-catching, but it tasted “like sour birthday cake and shame,” according to one review.
These and other rainbow concoctions, such as mermaid toast and galaxy doughnuts, raise the ire of anyone who believes food is made to be eaten, not looked at. Unfortunately, we might have to put up with them for a while longer. “Lisa Frankenfoods” are the trend that “refuses to die,” noted Eater earlier this year.