8 Jaw-Dropping Food Photos from 2019’s Polar Vortex

The record-breaking weather is the coldest winter in years, with temps dropping BELOW -50 degrees. Here are some foodie scenes we'll never forget from this year's Polar Vortex.

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Midwest, you’re probably pretty familiar with the appropriately dubbed Polar Vortex of 2019. Record-setting temperatures were low enough to turn boiling water—or coffee!—to snow.

It’s just now finally warming up, and we’re glad to be saying goodbye to this wicked winter weather. Here are some of the most memorable food photos and videos from this year’s Polar Vortex.

1. Talk About Iced Coffee


We’ve seen plenty of people turn water to snow, but coffee? At least it smells good. If it’s ever that cold again, try to re-create this one with your own coffee shop drink.

2. Ghost Ramen


It took only 15 minutes for this person to freeze ramen noodles and chopsticks in mid-air. (You won’t want to leave these ramen recipes out in the cold.)

3. This Is a Crime Against La Croix


These cans of La Croix were no match for the temps. Slushies, anyone?

4. The Weather Is No Yolk


Stay cozy inside with these eggy recipes.

5. What’s the Opposite of Hard Boiled?


The eggs shared by one chilly user aren’t so easy to crack.

6. A Winter Beyond Science


We all knew it was possible to freeze bourbon, we just didn’t think we’d ever see it. This year’s Polar Vortex turned this 90-proof liquor into a delicious little ice pop.

7. Spontaneous Cold-bustion


Careful where you keep those cans! Temperatures like these can cause an ugly soda explosion.

8. Cold and Crafty


The winter’s not all bad. @KoRickZenz found a colorful way to make the most of the 2019 Polar Vortex. Just fill a water balloon with food coloring and water for a cute and crafty porch decoration.

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Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.