(NEXSTAR) – From Oreo wine to Reese’s “pie” and macaroni and cheese flavored desserts, 2021 has seen a lot of weird new foods and food combinations.
Here is a menu of some of the gourmet dishes, uh, the creations of the past year:
This year marked the 100e bloody mary birthday, but apparently we needed a new alcohol with crazier ingredients to deal with the pandemic.
Potato flavored alcohol led the way.
Lay’s Potato Chip Flavored Vodka
Lay’s potato chips are well known to savory snack enthusiasts, but the brand has decided to “turn our proprietary potatoes into a vodka blend.”
40 proof vodka sold out in three hours.
Arby’s French fries flavored vodkas
Lay’s may even have been inspired by Arby’s, who released two 80-proof vodkas inspired by its iconic curly fries and new wavy cut variety.
Curly Fry Vodka has been distilled with cayenne pepper, paprika, onion and garlic. Crinkle Fry Vodka was “a subtle homage to its namesake, made with real kosher salt and sugar to honor the rich tradition of salted potato shapes,” according to a press release.
The vengeance of squid
Disney World has joined in the fun this year with plenty of new foods to celebrate the park’s 50th anniversarye birthday. One of these offerings was the Squid’s Revenge Drink, a michelada garnished with a piece or charred octopus. (Disney also touched on this year’s mac and cheese theme, as we’ll see later.)
This year’s menu also featured a dessert wine, for those who like Oreo Thins. Barefoot Wine has partnered with the cookie maker to create a “Barefoot x Oreo Thins Red Blend”. Delivery came with two 750 milliliter bottles of wine and a packet of Oreo Thins for $ 24.99.
We will first start with “meat”.
In an article on Bon Appetit, food writer and cookbook author David Tamarkin shared his idea for a savory type of French toast based on sourdough, custard and parmesan. Tamarkin also claimed that the resulting dish, which he described as a “bread steak,” could even satisfy a “carnivorous palate” if done correctly.
“A piece of sourdough soaked in custard and Parmesan cheese – basically salted French toast – that’s really decadent in the vein of a rib eye,” wrote Tamarkin, who is also the director and digital editor from the Epicurious food site. He further explained that he himself had previously given up meat for environmental reasons.
” It’s fat. It’s dirty. And if you do it right, it’s downright meaty, ”he added of his“ Bread Steak ”.
Social media had more than a few things to say about that.
3D printed steaks
Continuing the trend of labeling adjacent to steak, Israeli startup Redefine Meat expanded its operations in Europe and served its whole plant-based cuts of alternative meat.
“The 3D printed beef substitute has been deployed in Israel, as well as Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. A blend of soy and pea protein, chickpeas, red beets, nutritional yeasts, and coconut fat, it mimics flank steak, also known as flank steak.
Candy Corn Kids
Now for some real meat: the good people of Wisconsin invented Halloween Inspired “SpookToberfest Gratt” made with pork and candy corn. It’s not certain, however, that this dish poses a chocolate and peanut butter challenge as a winning combination for Halloween.
Sweet Pink Macaroni and Cheese
Kraft created a Mac & Cheese with a candy flavored sachet to make the dish pink and give it a touch of sweet candy flavor.
The company donated the macaroni and cheese to 1,000 lucky macaroni lovers who entered to win a contest. It should be noted that this article is a follow-up to that of Kraft 2020 pumpkin spice mac and cheese launch in the USA
Burger Mission to Mars
The 50 of Disney Worlde The anniversary menu also offered a mac starter. The Mission to Mars burger, garnished with bacon and macaroni and cheese, was served on a bun sprinkled with “crushed cheese puffs”.
Speaking of Disney, don’t forget their 50th Celebration Hot Dog, which is made with a beef franc and topped with strawberry jelly, powdered sugar and funnel cake pieces.
Chocolate coated cicadas
Brood X emerged this spring for the first time since 2004, spreading to large parts of the country. Sarah Dwyer, of Chouquette Chocolates in Bethseda, Maryland, started coat the 17 year old insects in chocolate and sell them. Soon, it is the customers who abound.
Macaroni and Cheese Ice Cream
Yes, Mac made the dessert menu. This ultimate comfort food blend hit freezers in July when Kraft teamed up with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream.
So what do you top a mac and cheese sundae with?
Peanut Butter Cup ‘Tarte’
The box says the pie is supposed to contain 48 servings of 160 calories each. That adds up to 7,680 calories if you plan to eat it all on your own.
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Maybe next year Reese could make a giant Peanut Butter Christmas Tree?