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This Year's Trendy Ingredient

This Year's Trendy Ingredient

In our Best of 2008 poll, the majority of you picked pomegranate as your favorite trendy ingredient this year. However, Yum and I have to disagree. Due to its incredible popularity and extreme exposure (it's been seen everywhere from wrapped around hot dogs to dipped in chocolate) — bacon is our editor's pick for favorite trendy ingredient.

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NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
I would agree with this. There is definately a LOT more bacon being incorporated into menu items. I only prefer bacon with breakfast though :( so I aways request for it to be removed or I pick it off myself.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Shoney, "Thin" and "bacon" should never be used in the same discussion. Pass the pig candy! :drool: And make it plural!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
ps. 167 voters out of 481 is hardly a majority. It's a plurality, and a thin one at that.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
As ingredients go, bacon > pomegranate this year. It's not about whether I ate an abnormally large quantity of it as much as the press that each has gotten. While I did take a fantastic pomegranate drink recipe from this year's NYTimes, bacon has received a lot more air-time. One could easily surmise that Top Chef, for one, has taken on a contractual obligation to mention bacon at least twice in every episode. That said, as I wrote before when you were soliciting our votes (apparently, so they could be overruled - just kidding), calling bacon a trend doesn't do it quite enough justice. Bacon is not "trendy"; bacon is eternal.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Can we dip the bacon wrapped dog in chocolate?
mominator mominator 8 years
Being from the South I have to go with the bacon choice. All my life we have cooked it with everything. Great in vegetables, wrapped around all types of meat and of course can't eat eggs without bacon. :drool:
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
That is too funny.
classicsugar classicsugar 8 years
Wasn't pomegranate trendy in 2006? That's when everyone was drinking Pom juice. Bacon was definitely hot this year - it was featured a lot on various cooking shows (eg. Top Chef) and there was an increase of it in trendy restaurants. It goes along with the whole 2008 trend of the resurgence of traditional comfort foods. I have to agree with the Sugars on this one!
dbcvt dbcvt 8 years
um first of all, as JaeB has already pointed out, ew. and as she has also pointed out, i havent seen bacon in any abnormal amounts this year. just as i always have: being disgusting at diners, throughout grocery stores, on my boyfriend's plate at ihop, and in my mother's refrigerator. and i hate too keep stealing people's work, but as krae85 said, pomegranate>bacon. wtf, sugar?
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
krae85 krae85 8 years
Pomegranate > Bacon. I wasn't aware Sugar was playing dictator! What about, We, the Sugar People? hehe
JaeB JaeB 8 years
Eww...I haven't eaten ANY bacon this year. And I think I've only seen it once outside of the grocery store (wrapped around hot dogs, yes, fair food)...and I've been out a lot this year. And I'm a pretty food-oriented person. I agree with pomegranate as the pick. I've had an unusual amount of pomegranate stuff this year...usually in juices, teas, yogurts. Plus, it's healthy stuff. People are trying to be more health conscious in their eating...good thing! A certain proportion of the population will ALWAYS eat bacon...but pomegranate probably actually did surface in more of the population than is usual this year. The proportion that eats bacon probably just got bored with how they were already eating bacon and decided they needed new ways to eat the same amount of bacon!! :P
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