A Look Back on the Year of the Cronut & Other Food Trends of 2013

updated Jun 5, 2019
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There were a lot of food trends that came and went this year – the horse meat scare near the start of 2013, strange yet wonderful taco shells (bacon weave anyone?), and the Scandinavian invasion, but nothing comes close to Dominique Ansel’s Cronut. Here’s a look back at the darling of the pastry community, and other food trends and stories of 2013 .

1. Here Is The Famous Cronut In All Its Glory: In May of 2013 this humble pastry took New York, nay, THE WORLD by storm. The crazy lines and black market ensued.

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2. The Cronut King’s New Science Project: Frozen S’mores: After the Cronut, Dominique Ansel created other wonderful desserts, including the Frozen S’more. Although never as popular as the Cronut, they are still important food icons of 2013

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3. What’s Up With Strange Hybrid Burgers?: In a post-Cronut world, hybrid foods rose to power quickly. In 2013 we saw the likes of a RAMEN BURGER and a umami Cronut burger. Both were scary. Both were probably delicious.

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4. The Pumpkin Spice Empire Takes Over M&M’s, Shows No Sign of Stopping: In 2013 the Pumpkin Spice Empire took over new, and strange foods, including these innocent M&M’s.

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5. 4 New Cookbooks For Your Favorite Paleo: You’re not alone – my Facebook page too was slowly taken over by friends trying the Paleo diet on for size. It doesn’t look like it will stop in 2014.

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5. 13 Easy Microwave Mug Cakes That Are All Grown Up: Although you might not know it, the other dessert trend of 2013 was the rise of the microwave mug cake. That’s right: A single-serve cake you can make in a mug in the microwave. Genius, or kinda gross?

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6. What’s Up with Insane Bloody Marys?: In 2013 there was a lot of talk about Bloody Marys, especially the ones that had pizza, pretzels, and sandwiches as a garnish.

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7. The Next Big Thing? Cocktails Made With Kale, Spinach, and Arugula: Also cocktails with vinegar (shrub). Those were super huge too.

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8. Food Trend: Beer-Flavored Ice Cream: 2013 brought us a lot of delicious, crazy ice cream flavors, including BEER flavored options. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream became wildly popular, too.

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9. What’s Up With Baking Eggs in Avocados?: Thank Pinterest for this one. Baking things, really anything, but especially eggs, in avocados became a thing.

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10. The Story of Sriracha: The threat of the shortage of this hot sauce made it even more valuable. This one isn’t really a “trend” but more a lifestyle.

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Welcome to The Kitchn’s Best of 2013 roundup!

From December 21 through January 3 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year. We’ll also share guest posts, special holiday features, and a sparkling Winter Glam Cocktail Party, the final installment in our 2013 Gatherings from The Kitchn. Happy Holidays!