Which Trendy Food Stuck Around The Longest?

Cupcakes are allegedly over. A look at which food trends had more staying power. posted on

Food fads, by definition, don’t last forever. BuzzFeed used Google Trends to estimate how long they live before they die out. A food trend’s lifespan below is the length of time between when it crossed 50 — the halfway mark of popularity — and when it hit 100 and began dropping. It’s not an exact science — some trends return to their former glory after a drop, some never do. With that in mind, read on for the food fads BuzzFeed tracked, in order from longest to shortest-lived.

1. Kale

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Start: July 2009
End: shows no signs of slackening

Length: 3 years, 9 and a half months so far

2. Bacon

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Start: December 2009
End: September 2012

Length: 2 years, 9 months

Bacon probably peaked when people started dressing their corgis up as it.

3. Cupcakes

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Start: July 2010
End: October 2012

Length: 2 years, 3 months

4. Greek yogurt

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Start: March 2011
End: February 2013? Though it’s pretty recent, so this could be a temporary dip.

Length: 1 year, 11 months

5. Chia seeds

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Start: January 2012
End: still going strong

Length: 1 year, 3 and a half months, so far

Okay, this is a Chia Pet. The seeds are less bizarre/adorable.

6. Quinoa

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Start: January 2012
End: not yet!

Length: 1 year, 3 and a half months so far

7. Macarons

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Start: December 2011
End: December 2012

Length: 1 year

8. Sriracha

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Start: October 2012
End: February 2013

Length: 6 months

9. Cake pops

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Start: July 2011
End: December 2011

Length: 5 months

10. Acai

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Start: October 2008
End: January 2009

Length: 3 months

The average length of the trends above (that aren’t still going on) is about a year and three months. Which means chia seeds and quinoa could be about to crash, and kale has exceeded all expectations.

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