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Top 100 Food Trends of 2012

From Squirmy Edible Insects to DIY Bacon Bouquets

— January 18, 2013 — Lifestyle
This year was a great year for food trends, as 2012 saw the rise of the urban foodie and his/her accompanying cuisine blog. The Internet and food go together like peanut butter and jelly -- or rather, according to this year's hottest food fads, bacon and anything. A lot of the appeal of food is based in its visual appeal, which works well with your average Web user, not to mention the opportunity for very in-depth DIY tutorials.

Recipes reigned supreme on Trend Hunter this year, with instructions on how to make everything from impaled head cake pops to unicorn poop cookies available at a click of the mouse. Whether you're interested in trying your hand at cooking or simply salivating all over your keyboard while browsing through some photos of funky cupcakes, these micro food trends, have just what you need. Check out Trend Hunter's Food Trend Report for a more in-depth look at the bigger implications of this year's food trends.
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Activity
Freshness
99
Art Gallery Eateries
Art Gallery Eateries
Natasha Law Transforms Restaurant Plates Into Painted Masterpieces
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98
Sweet Succulent Suckers
Sweet Succulent Suckers
Lollyphile Makes Lollypops in a Variety of Flavors That Keeps You Sucking
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97
Faux Dating Site Ads
Faux Dating Site Ads
The Popchips World Wide Lovers Campaign Stars a Hilarious Ashton Kutcher
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96
Sweet Surgery Bicycles
Sweet Surgery Bicycles
The Candy Bike by Britta Hope Will Give People a Toothache
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95
Color Explosion Photography
Color Explosion Photography
Ian Sailer Uses a Pellet Rifle and a High-Speed Camera to Make Art
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94
Braille Burgers
Braille Burgers
Fast Food Chain Wimpy Passes a Message to Visually Impaired Customers
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93
Box Lunch Reviews
Box Lunch Reviews
This Happy Meal Infographic Deciphers Food Marketing Aimed at Children
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92
Adorably Appetizing Change Purses
Adorably Appetizing Change Purses
Toddland Creates Cute Wallets Inspired by Fast Food Dishes
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91
DIY Stamped Cookie Treats
DIY Stamped Cookie Treats
The 'Bakingdom' Halloween Baked Goods are a fun and Delicious Treat
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90
Sugary Squared Sweets
Sugary Squared Sweets
Cupcakes Cubed Gives the Classic Treat Some Tasty Corners
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89
Breakfast-Dissecting Infographics
Breakfast-Dissecting Infographics
The ‘Most Important Meal of the Day’ Graphic Explain
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88
Bite-Sized Olympian Diets
Bite-Sized Olympian Diets
The 'Meals of Athletes at the Olympics' Photo Series is a Mouthful
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87
Fall-Flavored Desserts
Fall-Flavored Desserts
Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream is Festive and Delicious
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86
Slogan-Sporting Silverware
Slogan-Sporting Silverware
Baby Puppy Designs Cutlery Features Cute and Clever Sayings
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85
Deceptive Pub Grub Cakes
Deceptive Pub Grub Cakes
These Nacho Mama Cupcakes Will Keep Your Lucky Guest Guessing
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84
Cartoon Cat Cuisine
Cartoon Cat Cuisine
The Hello Kitty Dreams Restaurant Opens in Beijing
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83
Flirty Duo Desserts
Flirty Duo Desserts
These Heart Polka Dot Macaron Cupcakes Are Deliciously Girly
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82
Sweet Tooth Snacks
Sweet Tooth Snacks
These Molar Cupcakes Will Leave You Contently Abundant in Cavities
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81
Blushing Bubblegum Cakes
Blushing Bubblegum Cakes
Blow Pop Cupcakes are the Perfect Girly Treat
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80
Eco-Friendly Fungus Storefronts
Eco-Friendly Fungus Storefronts
Olson Kundig Architects' Mushroom Farm Features Coffee Compost
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79
Spice-Suffering Dog Ads
Spice-Suffering Dog Ads
The Cepera Extra Strong Pepper Sauce Campaign is Extremely Hot
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78
Healthy Diet Infographics
Healthy Diet Infographics
America's Nutrition Evolution is a Graph About Food Choices
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77
Precious Finger Candy
Precious Finger Candy
The Miniature Macaron Ring is a Tempting Accent for a Dainty Finger
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76
Batter-Topped Confections
Batter-Topped Confections
These Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes Will Delight Your Inner Child
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75
Sunny Side Up Furniture
Sunny Side Up Furniture
WamHouse's Table Egg is Inspired by a Breakfast Meal
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74
Compact Accessible Cooktops
Compact Accessible Cooktops
The Prometheus Stove Promotes Ease of Use and Culinary Independence
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73
Faux Timber Tins
Faux Timber Tins
Caribou Tea Packaging Aims to Reference the Roots of Loose Leaf Suppliers
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72
Sweet Superhero Treats
Sweet Superhero Treats
These Avengers Cupcakes are the Tastiest Way to Geek Out
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71
Flapjack Stacked Cakes
Flapjack Stacked Cakes
These Pancake Cupcakes are the Perfect Way to Celebrate Shrove Tuesday
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70
Faux Fruit Treats
Faux Fruit Treats
These Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cake Pops are Built for Romance
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69
Life-Sized Sci-Fi Desserts
Life-Sized Sci-Fi Desserts
The Stormtrooper Cake by Amanda Oakleaf Cakes is to Scale
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68
Handmade Food-Decorated Jewelry
Handmade Food-Decorated Jewelry
Etsy User 'SouZouCreations' Makes Appetizing Rings
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67
Musical Meal Warmers
Musical Meal Warmers
The C-Orby Composer Cooker Stimulates Another Human Sense at Supper
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66
Dining Car-Inspired Restaurants
Dining Car-Inspired Restaurants
The Fabbrica Bergen Pizzeria is Warm and Intimate
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65
Breakfast Cereal Cakes
Breakfast Cereal Cakes
These Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes Taste Like the Real Deal
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64
Darling Dr. Seuss Confections
Darling Dr. Seuss Confections
These Lorax Cake Pops Look Like They're Fresh From the Upcoming Film
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63
Tiny Savory Treats
Tiny Savory Treats
These Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes Will Keep You Snacking Sensibly
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62
Chocolate Football Fruits
Chocolate Football Fruits
Sweet Strawberry Snacks for Superbowl 46
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61
Seasonal Sporty Desserts
Seasonal Sporty Desserts
The Le Dolci 2012 Olympics Cupcakes are Inspiring
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60
Solar System Chocolates
Solar System Chocolates
Japanese Chocolate Makers 'L'eclat' Create Out-of-This-World Treats
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59
Unhealthy Bodybuilding Portraits
Unhealthy Bodybuilding Portraits
'The Four Horseman of the Oesophagus' Focuses on an Odd Pairing
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58
Heart-Studded Cupcakes
Heart-Studded Cupcakes
Shereen's Cakes & Bakes Creates Confections Too Cute to Devour
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57
Impaled Nobleman Confections
Impaled Nobleman Confections
These Game of Thrones Cake Pops are Bloody Delicious
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56
DIY Bacon Roses
DIY Bacon Roses
The 'OUR BEST BITES' Blog Shows How to Make a Fun Appetizer
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55
Sugar Icing Murals
Sugar Icing Murals
Shelley Miller Creates Stunning Outdoor Artwork Using Cake Ingredients
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54
DIY Retro Cupcake Jars
DIY Retro Cupcake Jars
The 'Running With Glitter' Blog Shows You How to Make Rainbow Cakes
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53
Edible App Icons
Edible App Icons
Julian Burford Renders Food Favorites to Denote New Cuisine-Related Program
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52
Dual Dessert Confections
Dual Dessert Confections
This DIY Soft Serve Birthday Cake is a Sugary Overload
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51
Iconic Infusion Branding
Iconic Infusion Branding
Tea Bar Packaging Assumes a Punchy Identity to Complement its Flavors
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50
Cake-Inspired Fashion
Cake-Inspired Fashion
The POP 'Moon Dust is Icing Sugar' Editorial Stars a Sweet Frida Gustavsson
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49
Sugary Shelled Cakes
Sugary Shelled Cakes
Crack and Enjoy These Deceptive and Delicious Easter Egg Cupcakes
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48
Candy-Concealing Desserts
Candy-Concealing Desserts
These Pinata Sugar Cookies Deliver a Stunning Sweet Surprise
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47
Spud Spiked Desserts
Spud Spiked Desserts
These Chocolate Mashed Potato Cupcakes are Deliciously Intriguing
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46
Heart-Toting Tiny Treats
Heart-Toting Tiny Treats
These Valentine's Day Cake Pops are Full of Sweet Sentiment
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45
Blooming Candy Boxes
Blooming Candy Boxes
Trozitos Packaging Unfolds Like a Flower to Serve Up the Sweets Inside
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44
Cutout Character Branding
Cutout Character Branding
Donec Ice Cream Packaging is Still Fun After You Finish its Contents
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43
Veggie-Branded Edibles
Veggie-Branded Edibles
D. Carota Packaging Embodies the Image of its Healthy Contents
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42
Clever Cutting Board Organizers
Clever Cutting Board Organizers
The Mocubo by Quirky Brings Order to the Chaos of Cooking
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41
Potted Plant Confections
Potted Plant Confections
These Succulent Cupcakes Will Keep Your Guests Guessing
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40
Vibrant Slice Branding
Vibrant Slice Branding
Strange Fruit Packaging Serves a Taste of Exotic with a Stimulating Look
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39
Color-Blasted Pastry Stores
Color-Blasted Pastry Stores
The Cioccolato Boutique by Savvy Studio is a Adorably Sweet
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38
DIY Custom-Made Candy
DIY Custom-Made Candy
The Brit & Co. Jolly Rancher Treats are Easy to Make
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37
Social-Networking Biscuits
Social-Networking Biscuits
The InstaGraham Crackers are Creative Baking Creations
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36
Ghoulishly Festive Cookies
Ghoulishly Festive Cookies
The Halloween Oreo Pops Make the Perfect Halloween Chocolate Treat
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35
DIY Flavored Butter Sticks
DIY Flavored Butter Sticks
Elsie Larson Shows You How to Make Delicious Spreads
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34
Microscopic Food Sculptures (UPDATE)
Microscopic Food Sculptures (UPDATE)
Big Appetites by Christopher Boffoli is Adorable
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33
Adorable Dual-Dye Branding
Adorable Dual-Dye Branding
M Savers Packaging Demonstrates the Appeal of Simplicity
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32
Cutting-Edge Compact Ovens
Cutting-Edge Compact Ovens
The Electrolux Cooik Practically Prepares Supper for You
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31
Hassle-Free Hydroponic Systems
Hassle-Free Hydroponic Systems
The Urban Cultivator Makes Growing Greens Year-Round Simple
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30
Mythical Feces Treats
Mythical Feces Treats
Unicorn Poop Cookies are Proof that Unicorns Exist
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29
Faux Frosty Cakes
Faux Frosty Cakes
Bakerella's Snow Cone Cupcakes are Surprisingly Room Temperature
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28
Hair-Raising Dessert Molds
Hair-Raising Dessert Molds
The 3D Skull Cake Pan Will Make the Perfect Halloween Treat
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27
DIY Spiked Watermelon Pops
DIY Spiked Watermelon Pops
The Brit & Co. Blog Shows How to Make a Refreshingly Cool Treat
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26
Lunchbox Maki Makers
Lunchbox Maki Makers
The Wakasu Portable Sushi Maker Molds Homemade Meals into Fun
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25
Elegant Flower Cakes
Elegant Flower Cakes
The Instructables Blog Shows How to Make Edible Mason Jar Treats
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24
Nutritional Dog Treat Branding
Nutritional Dog Treat Branding
NuBone Packaging Creates a Visual Link Between Bone and Ingredients
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23
Fresh Vintage Branding
Fresh Vintage Branding
Lucky Layla Farms Packaging Employs an Old Style for New Products
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22
Efficient Edible Packaging
Efficient Edible Packaging
The David Edwards WikiCells Food Technology is Revolutionary
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21
Illustrated Typography Treats
Illustrated Typography Treats
Sugar Daddy's Cupcakes Packaging Animates Each Sweet in a Word
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20
Adorably Animated Branding
Adorably Animated Branding
Unquestionably Cute Muyum Packaging is Good Enough to Eat
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19
Mason Jar Cakes
Mason Jar Cakes
The Bananappeal Desserts are Poshly Packaged and Flawlessly Frosted
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18
DIY Personified Popsicles
DIY Personified Popsicles
Zoku Makes Healthy (and Fun) Summer Treats Fast
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17
Yummy Yellow Packaging
Yummy Yellow Packaging
Lulu's Urban Cupcakery Branding Embodies Butter and Chocolatey Sweetness
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16
Bottle-Made Wine Tables
Bottle-Made Wine Tables
The Dvinus Collection Offers Heightened Experience at Low Eco-Impact
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15
Precious Potted Treats
Precious Potted Treats
These Flower Pot Cupcakes Are the Perfect Way to Welcome Spring
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14
Rustic Baking-Inspired Restaurant Décor
Rustic Baking-Inspired Restaurant Décor
Pizza Farro Adorns The Ceilings With Vintage Rolling
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13
Hi-Tech Countertop Planters
Hi-Tech Countertop Planters
The BB Little Garden is a Culinary Appliance For Growing
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12
Squirmy Edible Insects
Squirmy Edible Insects
The Jell-O Worm Tutorial is the Perfect Spooky Treat for Halloween
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11
Wall-Mounted Slice Slots
Wall-Mounted Slice Slots
The Slim Toaster is a Space Age Solution to Reducing Countertop Clutter
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10
Faux Candy Bar Shops
Faux Candy Bar Shops
The 100 Percent Chocolate Cafe Will Make Your Mouth Water
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9
Love-Struck Cakes
Love-Struck Cakes
These Red Velvet Cupcakes are Impaled on Cupid's Arrow
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8
Nostalgic Lunch Bag Branding
Nostalgic Lunch Bag Branding
Bean House Packaging has a Freshly Parceled Parisian Appeal
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7
Traditional Pizzeria Foodtrucks
Traditional Pizzeria Foodtrucks
Jon Darsky Del Popolo Delivers Pizza to the San Francisco Area
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6
Rad Rabbit Food Cakes
Rad Rabbit Food Cakes
These Sparkly Surprise Carrot Cupcakes Will Keep You Guessing
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5
Fashionably Chic Cakes
Fashionably Chic Cakes
These High Heel and Purse Cupcakes are Deliciously Girlie
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4
Minimally Bundled Edibles
Minimally Bundled Edibles
Egg Box Packaging Provides Support for Fragile Food Using Less Material
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3
Expressive Animal Confections
Expressive Animal Confections
Bakerella's Panda Cupcakes are the Cutest Way to Get Your Sugar Fix
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2
Rustic Industrial Restaurants
Rustic Industrial Restaurants
Cocotte Presents a Gritty Interior Design
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1
DIY Bread Designs
DIY Bread Designs
The 'Kotaku' Hello Kitty Toast is Shaped Out of Foil
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