If someone came up and asked you to try a bite of “aquafaba,” you might be inclined to say yes — or at least be intrigued enough to ask more. But if that same person offered you a chocolate chip cookie made out of chickpeas, you might tell them where they could put that so-called treat.
Yet aquafaba (another name for those aforementioned cookies) was YouTube’s No. 3 breakout food of the year based on the site’s top trending cooking videos of 2017. Who knew that odd combination was even a thing?
I was much more familiar with the rest of the top 10, which looked like this:
1. Fried ice cream
4. Seaweed soup
7. Green papaya salad
8. Crab boil
9. Brussels sprouts
10. Coconut cake
As for what foods will catch fire in 2018, the Specialty Food Association’s Trendspotter Panel predicts culinary innovation, continued health consciousness and demand for more developed flavors will be the factors that drive next year’s emerging favorites.