This Hilarious Illustration Shows Every Major Food Trend Since the ’80s

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Many food trends have come and gone. | Mari Andrew via Instagram

While some food trends have totally changed the game, others have left us in a state of utter confusion. Either way, most tend to be absolutely hilarious.

So, when one clever artist named Mari Andrew posted this genius illustration to her Instagram, we couldn’t help but share. Read on to find out how Andrew totally nailed every major food trend since the ’80s.

1980s: Sun-dried tomatoes

While sun-dried tomatoes are still around today, they really hit their stride in the ’80s. According to The Daily Meal, “Tomatoes had been dried in the sun and packed in olive oil for centuries in Italy, but these didn’t make their way to the States until the 1980s, when they caught on like wildfire.”

Sun-dried tomatoes in pasta dishes, salads, and even sandwiches were all the rage.

Next: This food can be added to tons of different dishes. 

1980s: Polenta


People must have learned how to make polenta more flavorful for it to catch on. |

Perhaps polenta’s popularity was a collateral effect of sun-dried tomatoes. Seeing as an entire plate of boiled cornmeal is rather bland, polenta is often served alongside something a bit more flavorful, like sun-dried tomatoes, for instance.

Next: This brand of basil never disappoints.   

1980s: Pesto

Cilantro pesto in jars on wooden background

Pesto rose to fame in the ’80s. |

Moving right along on this Italian-inspired journey, pesto was also a hot commodity. But what exactly made it rise to fame during the ’80s? Was everyone after a versatile ingredient back then? Well, maybe.

Seeing as the basil-based staple could be consumed in various forms, including a sauce or spread, maybe that’s just what people were after.

Next: This type of dish was an overall favorite in the ’80s.

1980s: Glass plates and Merlot

Red wine bottle and corkscrew

Merlot was the wine of choice. | iStock/Getty Images

There’s always a time for a glass of wine. And in the ’80s, the variety of choice was Merlot. And a love of glass plates? Well, apparently that was a thing, too.

Next: Moving on to the 1990s 

1990s: Dessert sushi

Banana Sushi

It’s not as gross as it sounds. |

People were getting quite crafty in the ’90s. Case in point: dessert sushi. Before you go throwing up in your mouth, let’s make one thing clear. Dessert sushi isn’t actually raw fish for dessert, so that’s a plus. It is clear, however, that people love their sushi, or at least the look of it.

Even recently, bizarre sushi trends have made their way into mainstream culture, but it’s gone a little too far.

Next: A revamped salsa makes its way into the ’90s.

1990s: Mango salsa

mango salsa

People loved experimenting with salsa. |

It seems like the ’90s were a time to experiment. After all, why eat regular salsa when you can doctor it up with additional ingredients?

Mango salsa was all the rage in the ’90s, but even still, plenty of people love making their own versions today. And we can’t complain.

Next: Not your average slice of bread

1990s: Bread sticks in fanciful shapes

Cheesy Breadsticks with rosemary

Cooks in the ’90s were pretty creative. |

Bread sticks have long been a go-to (or, at least they were before people caught wind of just how unhealthy they were, but we digress).

Obviously, run-of-the-mill sticks weren’t enough for the creatively-inclined folks of the ’90s. Their solution? Turning bread into wacky shapes. How clever.

Next: Potatoes your way 

1990s: Gourmet potatoes

scalloped potatoes

People got crafty with potatoes. | iStock/Getty Images

There are plenty of ways to prepare potatoes. So, when it came to cooking the starch in the ’90s, potato aficionados, once again, got crafty. Whether baked, loaded, or fried, people loved making gourmet potatoes their own.

Perhaps they even threw some rosemary in there, another ’90s food trend that made the artist’s list.

Next: Moving on to the 2000s

2000s: Watermelon with feta

watermelon and feta salad

We can’t believe it took so long for this to catch on. |

Watermelon and feta is such a beloved treat, we’re not sure how it took so long for someone to figure it out. But boy, are we glad they did.

Thankfully, the turn of the century brought the world this tasty, refreshing summertime staple. Come to think of it, there wasn’t a hip happy hour menu that didn’t offer it.

Next: How far is too far?

2000s: Unnecessary cupcake flavors

Margarita cupcakes

Cupcakes were all the rage. |

OK, we get it. Cupcakes are amazing, and everyone loves them. But in the 2000s, people got a bit carried away. Whatever happened to the regular flavors?

Clearly, people were ready for a wider selection than vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

Next: There’s ample supply in every city.  

2000s: Craft beer

beer bottles in assembly line

Craft beer grew in popularity. | Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Hipsters, we’re looking at you, here.

Nowadays, the entire world loves to get down on super heady craft brews. But really, we have the hipsters to thank for the initial rise in popularity. After all, those waxed mustaches and flannel shirts needed an accessory, and craft beer was the perfect solution.

Next: We’ll never get sick of this well-loved classic.  

2000s: Mac and cheese with Gruyere

Baked Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with Parsley

You can’t go wrong with mac and cheese. |

Macaroni and cheese will forever be a favorite. So, there’s really not much to say about this one.

Any way you slice it, mac and cheese will always be a well-loved food trend.

Next: Moving on to the 2010s 

2010s: Mason jars and prohibition-era cocktails

bloody mary cocktails with celery

Mason jars are here to stay. |

Mason jars. Hipsters. Speak-easy bars.

This trend has come, but it sure hasn’t gone. In fact, it seems like mason jars and prohibition-era cocktails are here to stay. We can’t really complain, though, because they’re both pretty great.

Next: A simpler lifestyle inspired folks in this decade. 

2010s: Amish chicken

Amish farm

Amish chicken has been all the rage. | DelmasLehman/iStock/Getty Images

The Amish are known for living simply. They wear plain clothes, refuse modern-day technology, and make their own furniture. So naturally, they also grow their own food.

In the 2010s, their lifestyle seemed to catch on, at least in the poultry department. Suddenly, everyone was obsessed with Amish chicken. Were you?

Next: Everyone loves these treats, but we don’t know how much more we can take.

2010s: Unnecessary doughnut flavors

stacks of doughnuts

People are going nuts for wild doughnuts. |

We get it, doughnuts are delicious. But the whole anything-goes doughnut trend has gone way too far. Basically, you can turn anything into a doughnut if you try hard enough. And it’s not necessarily a good thing.

Next: Sugar, sugar, and more sugar

2010s: Tiny cast iron skillet desserts

cookie skillet dessert

It’s a perfect portion. |

If warm, perfectly sized portions of dessert are your thing, then this probably brings a smile to your face. Because hey, there’s nothing quite like a personal skillet filled with a warm chocolate chip cookie, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, to get you feeling all warm on the inside.

Next: Here’s what’s been popular in 2018. 

2018: Charcoal

activated charcoal and glass of water

It’s one of the latest diet trends. | Sasajo/iStock/Getty Images

Activated charcoal — ever heard of it? Well apparently, it’s the newest diet trend sensation.

However, this is one trend you may want to skip.

Next: A spicy ingredient takes a spot on the list.

2018: Turmeric


Turmeric has several health benefits. |

As the health-conscious craze continues to gain traction, it’s no surprise this seasoning is one of 2018’s trendiest foods. Turns out, turmeric provides plenty of health benefits. Or, maybe people just love curry.

Either way, we’re on board with both.

Next: Tea lovers, this one’s for you. 

2018: Matcha

organic green matcha tea

Matcha is good for a little energy boost. |

This green tea certainly needs no introduction. While matcha may be no match for coffee, it’s the perfect alternative for any too-cool-for-coffee individual who’s looking for their next caffeine fix.

Next: An alternative to regular milk 

2018: Oat milk

coffee with milk

It’s one of the many milk varieties. | Christopher Jue/Getty Images

If run-of-the-mill milk isn’t doing it for you, then listen up, because there’s a new dairy product in town. Oat milk is the result of soaking steel cut oats in water, blending the mixture, and straining it. According to Bon Appetit, “It’s basically the cashmere sweater of winter drinks.”

Now, our only question is, how many people like their oat milk served in a tiny ceramic dish – another trend that made the list?

Read more: The Most Hated Food Trends That Need to Disappear

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