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The Most Memorable Food Moments in 2019

From Popeye's Chicken Sandwich to that infamous Game of Thrones Starbucks cup, here are our favorite food moments this year.

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When an Egg Became the Most-Liked Photo on Instagram

Remember when an egg campaigned to become the most-liked Instagram photo of all time, dethroning Kylie Jenner and her newborn daughter Stormi? No, you didn’t dream it—it really happened in January 2019. We still don’t know who was behind the effort. Regardless, celebrate with these incredibly delicious egg recipes you’re not making yet.

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When People Froze Their Food Outdoors During the Polar Vortex

Last winter, America was hit by the polar vortex, during which temperatures dropped to record-setting lows. To mark the occasion, photos circulated on social media of foods braving the weather—and often not faring so well. See a roundup of our favorite frozen foods courtesy of Polar Vortex here.

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When Popeyes Shook the Fast Food World With Its Chicken Sandwich

In August 2019, Popeyes debuted its chicken sandwich, and eager eaters immediately sang its praises. But before most diners could get their hands on it, the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich was gone, having sold out quicker than anticipated. Fear not—Popeyes has announced it’ll return permanently on November 3rd. Can’t make the trip? Learn how to make your own chicken sandwiches at home.

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Limited edition Game of Thrones Oreo cookies.Norman Gragasin/Shutterstock

When Game of Thrones Ended and ALL of the Products Showed Up

When Game of Thrones’ eight-season reign ended last spring, another trend was just beginning: the trend of Game of Thrones-themed foods popping up in grocery stores and restaurants everywhere. From Oreos to Mountain Dew to a Shake Shack meal, GoT inspiration was everywhere.

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When a Starbucks Cup Showed Up in Game of Thrones

“Wait, that’s not supposed to be there…” Eagle-eyed viewers spotted a classic Starbucks cup, likely left behind by a caffeine-craving staffer, on a table in front of Daenerys. The mistake set the internet ablaze and likely resulted in millions of dollars worth of free advertising for Starbucks. Don’t miss out on the Starbucks secret menu items only superfans know about.

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When Katy Perry Dressed Up as a Hamburger for the 2019 Met Gala

Pop star Katy Perry drew attention at this year’s Met Gala by wearing a cheeseburger dress, sparkly pickles and all. Honorable mention: She reprised the costume months later to end her feud with a French fry-clad Taylor Swift for the latter singer’s “You Need to Calm Down” music video. While you’re reminiscing, don’t miss our favorite recipes from 2019.

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When Whole Foods Welcomed the Royal Baby With Cheese

The birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie in May was a momentous occasion, worthy of celebration with…a block of specialty cheese? Whole Foods marked the moment with Royal Addition Cheese, a rustic red cheddar available at exclusive Whole Foods locations for as little as $9.99.

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When Dunkin’ Donuts Dropped Donuts From Its Name

In January 2019, Dunkin’ Donuts was no more. The chain wasn’t going under, just changing its name to reflect a new direction. Rather than limit itself to doughnuts, Dunkin’ aimed to become the chain for all breakfast foods like bagels, sandwiches, and coffee. Get our favorite Dunkin copycat recipes to make at home.

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When White Claw Took Off as the Summer Drink of 2019

Forget the Aperol spritz debate of early summer 2019—the real drink of the season was White Claw. This spiked seltzer quickly became the beverage of choice for college kids and their parents alike, inspiring a spawn of copycat seltzers. Find out where White Claw ranked in our hard seltzer taste test.

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When Nestle Gave Bakers Something to Buzz About

Just when we thought chocolate chips couldn’t get any better, Nestle had to go and drop Espresso Morsels on the world. They’re made with real coffee with cocoa and milk, making them the ideal addition to brownies, chocolate cakes, and wherever else you want to add a caffeine buzz.

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When Burger King Gave Us the Impossible Whopper

This year may have been our most vegetarian-friendly year on record, with more restaurants introducing meat alternatives like the Beyond Burger to their menus. One surprise announcement was that Burger King would join the group with a plant-based version of its classic Whopper, now available nationwide. Here are more plant-based recipes you’ll want to eat well into 2020.

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When St. Louis Baffled America With Its Bizarre Bagel Preferences

Last March, Twitter erupted in concern for the city of St. Louis. Twitter user @AlexKrautmann innocently posted a photo of bagels cut “St. Louis style,” sliced from top-to-bottom rather than side-to-side. Eventually, even Panera Bread (having originated in St. Louis) weighed in.

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When Krispy Kreme Stuffed Their Doughnuts With Actual Kreme

OREO wasn’t the only brand to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this summer. Check out their super-cute limited-edition release!  Krispy Kreme used the occasion to unveil its new Krispy Kreme Original Filled Donuts, with your choice of chocolate or vanilla filling. They’re now a permanent menu item—and yes, they’re out of this world.

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When a Super Bowl Ad Launched a Beer Industry Debate

Anheuser-Busch chose a series Super Bowl ads to boast about its corn syrup-free brewing practices, and to attack companies like MillerCoors. The ads outraged corn farmers, caused a boycott, and led to counter-attacks. In the end, it was a PR nightmare that Anheuser-Busch hadn’t expected. Did you check out our ultimate taste test of the most popular beer brands?

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When Pizza Hut Grossed Out the World By Announcing a Cheez-It Pizza

Was it a shameless grab for attention or an earnest new menu item? In September, Pizza Hut announced a collaboration with Cheez-It for a new “stuffed” pizza. The news was met with both disgust and morbid curiosity—if you’re interested, you can still try the mash-up for a limited time.

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When Starbucks Jumped on the Tie-Dye Trend With a New Drink

Starbucks is known for many things, one of them being its ability to hop on current trends and introduce bizarre, limited-time-only drinks. This summer when tie-dye clothing and accessories were all the rage, Starbucks introduced the Tie-Dye Frappuccino, a fruity, rainbow-hued concoction that didn’t last long.

Megan Mowery
Megan is a freelance writer based in Des Moines. You can usually find her shopping at the farmers market, reading a book or scrolling through Instagram.

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