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Top 100 Food Trends of 2014

From Augmented Reality Snack Boxes to Pumpkin S'more Desserts

— January 11, 2015 — Lifestyle
Examining the top 2014 food trends, it is clear that they go well beyond innovative recipes and menu additions. The past year saw creative new packaging ideas, fun food photography and a renewed interest in natural health solutions.

On one hand, consumers were more interested in local, organic and non-processed foods. This was reflected in a desire to reduce waste, as seen with food scrap dining, reactive food labels and unpackaged food markets. On the other, junk food reached new lows (or highs depending on your tastes) resulting in endlessly epic hybrids. For example, food blogs created instant noodle lasagnas and cookie-combined dessert pizzas. In a similar vein, unusual pizza toppings representing different snack foods and even nationalities were introduced, like chip-covered pizza crusts. And of course, we enjoyed pumpkin-spice everything in unprecedented levels.

A deep-dive look at 2014 food trends is available in Trend Hunter's comprehensive food trend report.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Banana Bacon Breakfast Pastries
Banana Bacon Breakfast Pastries
Adding New Toppings to Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts Makes Them Elvis-y
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98
Confectionary Cereal Donuts
Confectionary Cereal Donuts
This Epic Rice Krispie Recipe Incorporates Krispy Kreme Glazed Donuts
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97
Pumpkin S'more Desserts
Pumpkin S'more Desserts
The Pumpkin Cupcakes Have Marshmallow, Chocolate and Graham Crackers Too
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96
Instant Noodle Lasagnas
Instant Noodle Lasagnas
This Ramen Recipe Makes a Cheap Lasagna for Those Who are Struggling
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95
Chip Covered Pizza Crusts
Chip Covered Pizza Crusts
Pizza Hut's Doritos Crust Offers Extra Crunch to Their Cheesy Crusts
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94
Literary Food Photography
Literary Food Photography
The 'Fictitious Dishes' Series Depicts Meals Described in Famous Books
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93
Food Scrap Dining
Food Scrap Dining
The Salvage Supperclub Initiative Serves Food From Dumpsters in a 6 Course Meal
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92
Curated Carnivorous Care Packages
Curated Carnivorous Care Packages
The Carnivore Club Creates Special Care Packages for Meat Lovers
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91
Overloaded Cheesy Sandwiches
Overloaded Cheesy Sandwiches
This Whoopie Pie From The Vulgar Chef is Only Made Out of Cheese
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90
Reactive Food Labels
Reactive Food Labels
These Food Expiration-Indicating Packaging Degrades With Spoiled Items
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89
Bizarre Chip Flavor Contests
Bizarre Chip Flavor Contests
Lay's Do Us a Flavor Contest Suggests Some Strange Combinations
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88
Taunting Food Illustrations
Taunting Food Illustrations
Artist David Olenick's Illutrations Depict Foods if They Could Talk
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87
Obsessively Organized Foods
Obsessively Organized Foods
Blogger Austin Radcliffe Visually Depicts Neatly Stacked Foods
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86
Bendable Kitchen Appliances
Bendable Kitchen Appliances
This Flexible Metal Grater Makes Cooking Easier
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85
Paint-Splattered Chocolates
Paint-Splattered Chocolates
Unelefante's Jackon Pollock Style Chocolate Bars Are Art-Appreciative
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84
Ornate Watermelon Carvings (UPDATE)
Ornate Watermelon Carvings (UPDATE)
Clive Cooper's Fruit Sculptures are Almost Too Good to Eat
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83
Waffle Donut Desserts
Waffle Donut Desserts
Chicago's Waffle Cafe's Wonut Combines a Breakfast Staple and Sugary Treat
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82
Cheesy Pizza Bedding
Cheesy Pizza Bedding
This Bedding by Claire Manganiello is Designed to Make Your Bed Delicious
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81
Salad Vending Machines
Salad Vending Machines
The Farmer's Fridge Provides Healthy, Eco-Friendly Food On-The-Go
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80
Breakfast-Inspired Beverages
Breakfast-Inspired Beverages
Cereal Tea by Aaron Geman Flavors Milk with Childhood Favorites
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79
Hyperrealistic Sausage Pillows
Hyperrealistic Sausage Pillows
The Giant Sausage Pillow is Perfect for Those Who Enjoy Their Meats
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78
Bottled Food Sculptures
Bottled Food Sculptures
Tom Davie Rethinks Packaging by Placing Popular Foods in Clear Bottles
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77
Reshaped Pastry Desserts
Reshaped Pastry Desserts
The Apple Pie Cone Makes the Treat Easier to Handle and Eat
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76
Kitschy Sushi Socks
Kitschy Sushi Socks
These Sock Designs Look Like Edible Pieces of Rice and Fish
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75
Frightening Flapjack Designs
Frightening Flapjack Designs
These Zombie Pancakes are Horrifying Halloween Breakfast Ideas
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74
Alcoholic Gelatin Cakes
Alcoholic Gelatin Cakes
This Jello Shot Cake Brings the Fun of the Party to the Baking World
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73
Failure-Highlighting Pizza Ads
Failure-Highlighting Pizza Ads
This Print Domino's Pizza Ad Campaign Points Out Recipe Mishaps
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72
Pastry-Inspired Footwear
Pastry-Inspired Footwear
The Shoe Bakery Creates Delicious Wearable Designs
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71
DIY Big Flat Sandwiches
DIY Big Flat Sandwiches
This Instructional Allows You To Make a Meal in Hollowed Out Bread Loafs
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70
Snacking Subscription Boxes
Snacking Subscription Boxes
General Mills' Nibblr Subscription Box Delivers Small Healthy Snacks
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69
Ugliest Cake Contests
Ugliest Cake Contests
Susan Quick is the First Place Winner with a Cat Litter Cake
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68
Unhealthy Food Landscapes
Unhealthy Food Landscapes
The Processed Views Photo Series Sheds Light on Poor Meal Choices
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67
Cube-Shaping Food Gadgets
Cube-Shaping Food Gadgets
Create Blocks of Rice Like a SousChef with the Rice Cube Kitchenware
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66
Puffy Pancake Pastries
Puffy Pancake Pastries
This Pancake Recipe Turns the Flat Breakfast Item into a Cake
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65
Edible Spring Time Images
Edible Spring Time Images
Dan Cretu and Pizza Hut Restaurants Create Art Using Salad Ingredients
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64
Marijuana Food Trucks
Marijuana Food Trucks
The Samich by MagicalButter Serves THC-Infused Sandwiches
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63
Versatile Culinary Recycled Bottles
Versatile Culinary Recycled Bottles
The Pure Bottle is a Drinking Glass, Lantern and Spoon
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62
Fashionable Snack Packaging
Fashionable Snack Packaging
Emily Fruit Crisps Pouches Feature High-Fashion Fruit Prints
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61
Banana-Injecting Gadgets
Banana-Injecting Gadgets
The DestapaBanana Fills Banana Fruits Up with Delicious Syrup Flavors
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60
Cookie-Combined Dessert Pizzas
Cookie-Combined Dessert Pizzas
The Pizookie Party Platter Has Something for Everyone
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59
Food Action Figures
Food Action Figures
'Sushi Squadron Shirada' is Comprised of Hilarious Modular Sushi Toys
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58
Dreamy Food Photography
Dreamy Food Photography
Dina Belenko's Food Compositions Will Make Your Mouth Water
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57
Disney Character-Shaped Foods
Disney Character-Shaped Foods
Oh My Disney Offers a Variety of Mickey-Shaped Food Items
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56
Delightfully Dark Teaspoons
Delightfully Dark Teaspoons
The Morbidly Fun Decorative Spoon From Propaganda Needs a Helping Hand
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55
Deep Fried Spaghetti
Deep Fried Spaghetti
Dudefoods' Spaghetti Dog Recipe Puts Deep Fried Pasta on a Stick
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54
Monster Cakes
Monster Cakes
Artist Christine McConnell Creates Terrifying Desserts Dressed as a 50s Housewife
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53
Animalistic Fruit Hybrids
Animalistic Fruit Hybrids
Animal Food by Sarah DeRemer Combines Critters with Vegetables
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52
Plaited Paper Packaging
Plaited Paper Packaging
Bellis Preserves Branding Communicates a Carefully Crafted Mission
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51
Fashionable Food Photography
Fashionable Food Photography
Instagrammer Laura Miller of Sidesaddle Kitchen Wears her
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50
3D Printed Chocolates
3D Printed Chocolates
The New 3D Systems and Hershey Partnership Promise to Make 3D Chocolates
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49
Portable Fireless Cookers
Portable Fireless Cookers
The Barocook Flameless Cooker Lets You Cook Delicious Food without Fire
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48
Repulsive Delicacy Photos
Repulsive Delicacy Photos
The 'Invasive Species' Photos Show Dishes Made from Rodents & Insects
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47
Festive Surprise Cakes
Festive Surprise Cakes
Amanda Rettke's Surprise-Inside Cakes Are Fun and Super Festive
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46
Celebratory Snack Packaging
Celebratory Snack Packaging
The Sweet Harvest's Packaging Looks Like a Candy Wrapper or Nutcracker
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45
Automatic Roti Makers
Automatic Roti Makers
The Rotimatic Will Quickly Whip Up Traditional Indian Flat Bread
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44
Gift-Wrapped Grains
Gift-Wrapped Grains
Pandoro Bread Packaging Comprises Folded Paper and Bow-Tied Twine
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43
Knighted Breakfast Egg Holders
Knighted Breakfast Egg Holders
Have Fun Eating Your Eggs with the Arthur Suit of Armor Egg Cup
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42
Plastic Bottle Vegetable Gardens
Plastic Bottle Vegetable Gardens
The Petomato Planter is Organic, Educational and Eco-Friendly
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41
Baby-Shaped Fruit
Baby-Shaped Fruit
Chinese Farms Are Using Plastic Molds to Grow Baby-Shaped Pears
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40
Monkey-Faced Marketing
Monkey-Faced Marketing
BRRR Ice Cream Packaging Does Not Express Itself in the Usual Sweet Fashion
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39
Minimalist Olive Oil Packaging
Minimalist Olive Oil Packaging
Koronaki Virgin Olive Oil is Revamped by Thomas Kiourtsis
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38
Gourmet Popcorn Shops
Gourmet Popcorn Shops
My Crazy Pop Shop in Paris Specializes in Gourmet Popcorn
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37
Artisanal Confection Packaging
Artisanal Confection Packaging
ZumZumZ Offers Special Treats to Reward Oneself
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36
Revealing Sandwich Packaging
Revealing Sandwich Packaging
This Sandwich Container Has Cutouts to Show the Meat Inside
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35
Neon Food Makeovers
Neon Food Makeovers
Colored Foods by Lawrie Brown is Not for Those with a Weak Stomach
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34
Clinical Food Photography
Clinical Food Photography
Hospital Food from Around the World is Eye-Opening
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33
Handwritten Sandwich Branding
Handwritten Sandwich Branding
Embutique Packaging Expresses an Approachable and Personal Image
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32
Versatile Health Food Packaging
Versatile Health Food Packaging
Containers for Plus Kitchen Foods Make Eating Healthy a Snap
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31
Naturally Harvested Ocean Chips
Naturally Harvested Ocean Chips
These Seaweed Chips Swim Against the Tide of Traditional Snacks
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30
DIY Animalistic Kids Snacks
DIY Animalistic Kids Snacks
These Creative Kids Snacks Will Take Snack Time to a New Level
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29
Grotesque Medical Dinners
Grotesque Medical Dinners
This Unsettling Feast Introduces the Surgeon Simulator Game for iPhone
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28
Coordinated Salad Bowls
Coordinated Salad Bowls
Bright Bites' Salad Bowls Match the Vibrancy of the Ingredients Inside
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27
Street Food-Ready Packaging
Street Food-Ready Packaging
The Pull Wrap Makes it Easier to Eat on-the-Go
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26
Color-Focused Snack Packaging
Color-Focused Snack Packaging
Kim Gyeongah's Eat Color Concept Highlights Vegetable Hues
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25
Animal Hybrid Ads
Animal Hybrid Ads
Smokaccino's Ads Combine Land and Sea Critters to Make Weird Animal Hybrids
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24
Custom-Designed Shopping Bags
Custom-Designed Shopping Bags
Choose Your Package Can Be Printed with Ads or Nutritional Info
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23
Augmented Reality Snack Boxes
Augmented Reality Snack Boxes
Special Snack Boxes Promote the Stand by Me Doraemon Movie in 3D
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22
Automated Grocery Stores
Automated Grocery Stores
The Speedy Store is a Vending Machine for Basic Necessities
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21
Farmer Market Eateries
Farmer Market Eateries
This Rustic Restaurant Interior is Dreamy and Bohemian
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20
3D Printing Cafes
3D Printing Cafes
The MakersCafe Coffee Shop Design Offers Customers a 3D Dining Experience
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19
Vegetarian Butcher Shops
Vegetarian Butcher Shops
Toronto's YamChops is a Butcher Shop with Only Meatless Products
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18
Monstrous Candy Packaging
Monstrous Candy Packaging
This Candy Packaging Design is Filled with Tricks and Treats
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17
In-Shell Egg Scramblers
In-Shell Egg Scramblers
The KitchenGoose Makes Eggs in an Unconventional Way
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16
Boutique Cafe Hybrids
Boutique Cafe Hybrids
Citizenry in Toronto is Redefining the World of Cafes
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15
Fresh Food Vending Machines
Fresh Food Vending Machines
The Vending Machine Farmer's Market Makes it Easy to Eat Well
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14
Unpackaged Food Supermarkets
Unpackaged Food Supermarkets
Original Unpacked is Lowering Food Waste by Unconventional Means
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13
Backyard Grill Houses
Backyard Grill Houses
'Arctic Finland House' Sells Personal Scandinavian Grill Houses
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12
Homey Eclectic Cafes
Homey Eclectic Cafes
The New Neighborhood Tangent Café is All About Comfort Branding
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11
Product-Outlining Packaging
Product-Outlining Packaging
Corella Meat Branding Indicates the Exact Cut of the Animal Inside
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10
Doodled Snack Packaging
Doodled Snack Packaging
J Lally Brand's Bags Integrate Images of Their Contents with Illustrations
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9
Nurturing Body Image Photography
Nurturing Body Image Photography
This Thought-Provoking Food Photo Series is Ethereal
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8
Playfully Interactive Packaging
Playfully Interactive Packaging
Stafidenios Raisins Turns Packaging into a Toy
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7
Multi-Colored Birthday Cakes
Multi-Colored Birthday Cakes
The Rainbow Tie-Dye Surprise Cake Hides the Age Inside
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6
Crenulated Cutting Boards
Crenulated Cutting Boards
The Pragma Breadboard Has a Corrugated Surface for Catching Crumbs
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5
Anti-Loneliness Cafes
Anti-Loneliness Cafes
Stuffed Animals in 'Moomin Cafe' Never Let You Dine Alone
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4
Bizarre Condom Cookbooks
Bizarre Condom Cookbooks
Manga Writer Kyosuke Kagami Promotes Condom Usage in Japan
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3
Built-In BBQ Tables
Built-In BBQ Tables
The JAG Grill Offers a Socialable Outdoor Dining Experience
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2
Fake Cookie Flavors
Fake Cookie Flavors
These Mock Oreo Cookie Flavors Celebrate National Junk Food Day
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1
Boiled Egg Guides
Boiled Egg Guides
This Helpful and Delicious Graphic From Bon Appetit Explains How to Boil Eggs
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