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Food Porn – Turning Food into Art

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Recently, a new phrase has been added to the dictionary, and it sounds rather peculiar. “Food porn” is a bizarre expression, but it is being used incredibly frequently these days. Let’s find out why!

What in the world is food porn?

There have been over 136 million “food porn” hashtags used on the Instagram till this day, and thousands of pages dedicated to this phenomenon. But what does it even mean?

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, it is an “Image that portrays food in a very appetizing or aesthetically appealing way.” So the food porn is all the visually pleasing ways of portraying food. But why “porn”? Well, that’s because some people find it almost sensual. The way sauce spills onto a plate, cheese stretches after a bite of pizza or ice cream drip onto one’s hand can be very satisfying. Got it. But if you’re still reluctant, below you can see some of the examples. Who know’s, maybe you’ll fall in love.

Black ice cream

We’re starting off with a very dark, almost goth option. However, after you try this black ice cream you’ll feel like you’re in heaven, rather than hell. Popularized by the Little Damage, a shop in Downtown Los Angeles, it quickly became one of the most frequently photographed food items. Their ice cream is not only devilishly-looking but also hella good. And even the cones are black!

Rainbow sandwich

There are hundreds of videos online to help us recreate this incredible food art. Known mostly from the Chomp Eatery in the sunny Santa Monica, the rainbow sandwiches are taking the internet by storm. This typically boring meal has been turned into something spectacular, by adding food colourants to all the layers of cheese inside. Once you cut the sandwich in half and pull two pieces apart the magic happens as the multi-colour goodness spreads between them. Definitely worth the name of food porn. And anyway, who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich?

Mac ‘N’ Cheese Burgers

You know what’s better than a burger? A Mac ‘N’ Cheese Burger! Yes, that’s right, it actually exists. And it is incredible. It’s your typical beef patty, cheese and bacon combination, but instead of the bread buns, you get fried mac ‘n’ cheese. Pretty brilliant if you ask us. Oh, and in addition, it looks amazing!

Waffle Pops

Other California-based goodies, the waffle pops are waffles… on a stick! In their liege waffles, the Sweet Combforts bring back the traditional honeycomb pattern but add a modern twist. They use pearl sugar, to give them a caramelized texture, and add a variety of toppings and sauces to make them tasty, unique and stunning. If that’s not food porn, we don’t know what is. 

Cookie Dough

As a child, have you ever tried to eat cookie dough straight from the mixing bowl? We did too. One creative company from New York decided to make it their business. DŌ sells a safe to eat cookie dough that you can eat raw or bake in your liking. You can choose from many flavour varieties and even mix and match them with ice cream. Have a look at it and you will get an even better understanding of what food porn is.

Unicorn Frappuccino

The pictures of it ruled the Instagram for a long while. It proves, that not only food gets to be stunning. The Unicorn Frappuccino by Starbucks became the sensation after it has been released, for a limited time only. Everybody wanted to get a glimpse of it. And it didn’t disappoint. While for some it was a dash too sweet, no one can say that it wasn’t beautiful.  

Donuts

Last, but surely not least, one of the most picture-worthy foods are definitely doughnuts. These days you can find them in all shapes and sizes and with any filling, you can dream of. Doughnut Time from Australia shows just how amazing they can be.

Seems like all you have to do now is grab your phone, get your favourite food and snap as many pictures as you can!

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