If, like so many of us, you’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with TikTok since the start of COVID-19, then you probably have a small idea of exactly how the video-sharing app influences trends in all aspects of our culture. As a result, you’ve most definitely heard of the latest food craze surrounding pesto eggs. Initially revealed as a must-try by TikTok user @AmyWilichowski, her video has now over 1.4 million likes while the hashtag #pestoeggs has collected more than 106 million views. Because we know that TikTok has a lot more to offer than the viral pesto eggs, we’ve scrawled through brand new data to bring you the five most popular food trends on the app, from cloud bread to dalgona coffee.
To crown the ultimate food hack, cake shop Jack and Beyond collected the number of views of the top food trends on the app. Just because trends like banana bread, crème brulée and crispy potatoes seemed too obvious to even mention, I listed the five most creative trends you might not be fully aware of just yet.
With over 3 billion views on TikTok, first place goes to #cloudbread. Responsible for keeping most TikTok users entertained in the kitchen during the pandemic, cloud bread is unique in the fact that it is a way fluffier alternative to normal bread. In some instances, bakers went as far as to dye their bread to create the ultimate cloud effect, making it the perfect social media hit.
In second place is every caffeine addict’s dream, the infamous whipped (or dalgona) coffee, also known as poop coffee because of its resemblance to, well, poop. The drink only uses three ingredients, and reportedly is like drinking a ‘coffee cloud.’ With nearly 3 billion views on the #whippedcoffee, the caffeine delight is sure to be a nice alternative to your regular WFH coffee breaks.
Pancake cereal claims third place. Pretty much what it says on the tin, the mini sweet treats have endless possibilities with toppings like golden syrup, Nutella, or yoghurt—it explains why the #pancakecereal has over 1 billion views on TikTok.
I’m willing to bet that absolutely no one who’s been on TikTok in the last six months has been able to escape the baked feta pasta trend. You know what I’m talking about, the simple hack which involves baking a block of feta cheese with some tomatoes in the oven has had over 1 million views on the app and has been described as ‘the perfect weeknight pasta dish.’
TikTok’s favourite healthy breakfast went full-on viral after Lizzo gave it her seal of approval. We have TikTok user @natures_food to thank for this one, after he shared a recipe for a common dish he dubbed “nature’s cereal” containing the following ingredients: pomegranate seeds, coconut water and a handful of blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. Yep, you guessed it, it’s nothing more than a fancy fruit salad—you have to admit though that ‘nature’s cereal’ sounds ten times sweeter.
On that note, we’ll let you decide which food trend you’re interested in trying yourself first. Personally, not to jump on the bandwagon, but pesto eggs remain one of my favourites. Avocado toast who?
Has your lockdown period been synonymous with sex toys and takeouts? If so, we take great pleasure in introducing Grubuzz—a new technology that milks the power of teledildonics to send clitoris vibrations to users as their food ordered from a national chain or local favourite is being prepared and ultimately delivered.
Pioneered by the good folks over at CamSoda, the vibrator is built to track and give real-time updates on the status of your delivery via—you guessed it—frequency of vibrations. As the restaurant prepares your food, the toy would emanate slow, well-spaced pulsing which intensifies as your order gets picked up and delivered to your doorstep.
“People have been stuck at home for over a year now,” said Daryn Parker, Vice President of CamSoda in a press release. “They have grown accustomed to ordering takeout food from their favourite restaurants regularly.” In addition to the boom of quarantine cravings and food deliveries, Parker outlines a spike in demand for teledildonics. So they invested in the inevitable.
“Here at CamSoda we figured we’d combine these popular activities and produce a technology that gets people off while their food delivery order is being prepared and ultimately delivered,” Parker explained, summing up Grubuzz’s purpose as an innovation which will “not only leave your mouth watering but your private parts too.” “What better way to eat some of your favourite food from Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Outback Steakhouse, or P.F. Chang’s than after you’ve orgasmed?”
If you live in the UK and can’t relate with his list of mouthwatering restaurants, imagine literally getting off after a long day of ‘WFH’ while waiting for your Nando’s, KFC, Greggs, or Domino’s. Sounds pretty dreamy, right?
Upon purchase, users will obtain a curated email address from CamSoda which they will then plug into their favourite delivery apps including GrubHub, Uber Eats, Caviar, DoorDash and Postmates. When an email is sent from these delivery apps updating the users on the status of their order, it will be forwarded to the CamSoda-generated email.
This will simultaneously set off a vibration to their internet-connected teledildonic device. The frequency of these vibrations will later increase throughout the food delivery process up until it reaches the user’s doorstep.
The innovation behind Grubuzz follows previous launches by the adult entertainment company within the food delivery industry. In 2018, CamSoda launched RubGrub, a vibrator that ordered food for users after they’ve had an orgasm—starting with a large cheese pizza from Domino’s.
RubGrub was made possible with an internet-programmed Bluetooth button (similar to the Amazon Dash Button) designed to fit onto a Lovense Nora vibrator. The button had payment, delivery and order information programmed into it at the time of purchase and connected to Domino’s through its pizza-ordering Application Programming Interface (API). When a user was done ‘using’ the vibrator, they pushed the button, which placed a delivery order for a large cheese pizza.
Given the nightmarish history of teledildonics, Grubuzzs’ safety is under fire. Earlier this year, we had men accidentally caging themselves in chastity belts—a move which left them scarred following months of recovery. Then came hacked livestream footages from a dildo, Bluetooth-enabled butt plugs and more.
While Grubuzz is a highly appealing innovation given its present context, it is in fact exploitable to hackers. The way hacking of these internet-connected sex toys usually pans out is via weak end-to-end APIs. The fault essentially welcomes encryption, giving absolutely anyone on the internet access to your sex toy. Sensitive information provided in-app or during purchase also becomes vulnerable as hackers engage in practices like ‘sextortion’ to leverage the data collected. The only way out is to avoid storing personal information on these apps along with regular cross-checking of API faults discovered by third-party testing firms.
However, if you truly want to experience ‘getting off in anticipation of getting stuffed later’, then CamSoda has good news for you: a male version will debut in the coming months. Welcoming everyone onto the boat, the adult entertainment company might just be pioneering another fictional scenario—replying ‘me too’ to the pizza delivery dude when he texts ‘I’m almost there’.