This year we saw the rise of the Cronut — likely the biggest pastry to hit America since chocolate chip cookies. We also chowed down on the noodle-y Ramen Burger (and even tried our hand at cooking our own.) And we all probably know someone who suffered through three days of juicing and lived to write a blog post about it.
Look back at these trends and more in our roundup of the 10 biggest food crazes of 2013.
1. The Cronut
Chef Dominique Ansel’s croissant-doughnut hybrid was arguably the biggest food craze of 2013. The pastry spawned nationwide knock-offs and countless overpriced Cronut-delivery postings on Craigslist.
2. Frozen S’mores
3. The Crookie
This croissant-Oreo hybrid gained popularity as Toronto bakery Clafoutis’ response to the Cronut craze. This pastry features soft, flaky croissant dough wrapped around your favorite cookie.
Once considered boring, this leafy-green had a big year full of kale chips, cakes, salads,soups, pizzas and more. Maryland even hosted the first ever Kale-A-Rama festival in honor of this veggie.
5. The Ramen Burger
Keizo Shimamoto, the blogger behind Go Ramen!, created the ramen burger for Brooklyn, N.Y. food fair Smorgasburg, but has since brought this food fad to cities all across the country, including Los Angeles and Chicago. This burger features a standard beef patty swaddled between two lightly-fried “buns” made of ramen noodles. Basically, its every college student’s dream food.
6. The Mac Attack Burger
Chicago’s Rockit Burger Bar hopped on the novelty-burger bandwagon with this savory delight. The Internet’s response? An emphatic, “OMG”.
Health-nuts love this grain for its protein-rich qualities and foodies love it for its versatility. Plus, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa for its role in the fight against world hunger.
8. Cold-Pressed Juice
Juice has been climbing the rungs to food stardom for a few years now, and continued to do so in 2013. Celebrities like Olivia Wilde and Julia Stiles touted the supposed benefits of juice cleanses, while the rest of us plebes spent our hard-earned cash on fancy juice blends
9. Cool Ranch and Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos
2013 was a big year for Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Taco. Though the original delighted fast-foodies in 2012, this year brought Cool Ranch and Fiery Doritos flavors into the mix. As of October, the chain had sold over $1 billion worth of tacos.
We know, we know – sriracha wasn’t new for 2013. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t have one of its biggest years to date. This spicy chili sauce is so popular and versatile that its even inspired a brand-new UV Vodka flavor. It’s also been an interesting year for Huy Fong Foods, the company behind that familiar green-capped rooster bottle you’ve seen on supermarket shelves. The company gave CBS News a look inside its Los Angeles factory, just before the city slapped it with a lawsuit regarding the strong chili odor. For now, the plant is partially shut down, but still churning out sauce. Here’s to hoping 2014 is an even bigger year for sriracha than 2013.