The Kitchn's Best of 2014

The Top 10 Food Trends of 2014

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In 2014 we saw the rise and fall of many a food trend. This year, cauliflower rose out of the dust to become a coveted vegetable; Surge came back from its 90s grave; and everyone seemed to be eating extra-fancy toast. Here's a look back at the top 10 food trends and stories of 2014.

1. Cauliflower

The rising star this year was definitely cauliflower. Before, it was a little misunderstood. It's kinda squeaky, a little boring raw, and intimidating to prep. Well, no more! Cauliflower can be turned into anything your heart desires, including pizza crust, couscous, and steaks.

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2. Toast

Expensive toast, avocado toast, toast shaped like a panda — however you slice it, toast was totally cool this year.

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3. The Negroni Cocktail

Easy, classic, and totally great, the Negroni dominated the cocktail scene in 2014.

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4. Surge

The much-loved soda of the 90s came back to life in September this year. People did some weird stuff with it.

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5. Pickles

Fermented foods, especially pickles, were big in 2014. Expect to see more of this kind of thing in 2015.

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6. Ice Cream Sandwiches

Artisanal ice cream has been on the rise, and crazy ice cream sandwiches were definitely a thing this year.

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7. Frankendesserts

The Cronut of 2013 led the charge for more crazy frankendesserts, including a dessert lasagna.

8. Ramen

Ramen continued to dominate in 2014, and found itself as the base for new, exciting things, like sandwiches and tacos.

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9. Kalettes

This year, the super trendy kale and Brussels sprouts gave birth to a shiny new vegetable: BrusselKale! (Also called Kalettes.)

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10. Vegetable Fries, Rice, and Pasta

This year, vegetables were turned into all kinds of crazy things, like fries, rice, and pasta (thanks to the spiralizer trend).

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Welcome to The Kitchn's Best of 2014 roundup!

From December 22 through January 4 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year. Happy Holidays!