Cronuts to Ramen Burgers: The Fad Food Takeover

Here are a few delicacies that didn't stand the test of time.


Depending on whom you ask, the cronut is a delicious fried delicacy that combines the flaky goodness of a croissant with the heft of a doughnut. Or it’s a gluttonous treat that’s overpriced and sold on Craigslist to suckers. Time will tell if the cronut goes down in history as a sad fad or if it’s here to stay (and whether the ramen burger is its heir apparent). Here are a few delicacies that didn’t stand the test of time.

Bacon everything. Let’s be frank; this fad is waning but not all the way gone. You can still buy fancy chocolate bacon bars from places like Vosges, but plenty of foodies are hoping this trend will go the way of the dodo soon. If only for the sake of our arteries!

Waldorf Salad. This chewy concoction of apples and other fruit tossed in a mayo-based sauce was created in 1896, but it’s taken on many forms over the decades. Creative cooks made “salads” out of fruit and nuts suspended in jellies, and even as recently as a few years ago, frozen Waldorf Salads were featured on Paula Deen’s now-defunct Food Network show. The Waldorf salad’s rep as being a staple of the ’40s and ’50s is probably why no one eats it anymore, at least not ironically.

Edible gold. Was this short-lived trend of using an excessive amount of gold flakes a response to the financial crisis of the mid-2000’s? Whatever the case, rich folks were eating gold like it was going out of style, in everything from a bagel that cost $1,000 a pop to the exorbitantly overpriced Frozen Haute sundae that cost $25 grand at Serendipity3 in New York City. It’s hard to believe anyone would pay that much for a dessert treat… just for the lustre of its sprinkles.

Cake pops. People tried to make cake pops a thing – and some places like Starbucks are still trying – but let’s be honest: They’re no substitute for a cupcake. The craze for Magnolia cupcakes, as made famous by Sex and the City, has calmed down a bit, but these tasty treats are as popular as ever. There are cupcake blogs, cupcake plush toys, cupcake earrings and pendants, and, of course, cupcake cafes everywhere. The cake pop just can’t compete.