TikTok, the popular social media app, offers viral food trends for students to create and enjoy.
For the past five years, social media app TikTok has been a place for creators to express themselves and set trends. Some trends that came out of TikTok are food recipes and food-related products.
1. Dalgona Cafe
Dalgona coffee, also known as whipped coffee, gained popularity in March 2020. Dalgona coffee requires two tablespoons of instant coffee, two tablespoons of sugar, and two tablespoons of hot water. It should then be whipped until a fluffy batter forms, which is then covered with hot or cold milk.
Samantha Stawowy, a psychology major, said this coffee drink was her favorite TikTok food trend.
“I’ve never seen anything like it until I found it on TikTok,” Stawowy said. “As soon as I saw the recipe, I ran into my kitchen and had everything in my pantry, then I made it.”
2. Gigi Hadid’s pasta
This model’s sauce recipe calls for: tomato paste, olive oil, garlic, onion, a glass of vodka, parmesan and the secret ingredient, flakes of crushed red chili mixed with boiled pasta.
This simple twist on a traditional vodka penne meal has become a staple in many homes.
“Nothing compares to authentic Italian penne vodka, however, this recipe cuts it close,” said Jake Ciccarelli, a young public relations specialist. “I think the pasta itself is good, but it’s been overrated because of Gigi Hadid’s fame.”
3. Salmon Rice Bowls
TikTok influencer Emily Mariko created salmon rice bowls that went viral during the fall season. Salmon rice bowls have had such a huge impact on food markets such as ShopRite, where it has become designated sections of all the ingredients needed for the dish, Mashed.com noted.
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Mariko’s Salmon Rice Bowl is made with rice mixed with minced salmon, kewpie mayonnaise and siracha. Then it is placed in small envelopes of seaweed.
“Emily Mariko has the right idea with these salmon bowls,” said sophomore biochemistry student Jessica Wasik. “They’re healthier and really quick to make, especially if you have leftover salmon and rice from the previous dinner.”
4. Feta Pasta
Feta Pasta is another simple pasta meal that has gone viral on TikTok.
The recipe calls for garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, grape tomatoes and a block of feta. Combine the ingredients in a glass baking dish with the block of feta in the middle, cook until the tomatoes can be pureed into a sauce with the feta, and cover the penne pasta.
Patrick Fischer, a junior business major, said it’s a recipe for everyone because it’s so easy to cook.
“It tastes like a gourmet meal that took hours to prepare when in reality it took me 30 minutes at most,” Fischer said.
5. Bell Pepper Sandwich
The recipe involves replacing a bell pepper with bread, then filling the sandwich with things like cold cuts and condiments. It was first introduced on TikTok with cream cheese, all bagel seasoning, and ham.
“I just don’t think it’s good. I wouldn’t call it a sandwich, because I think a sandwich should be on bread or a hoagie,” said Noah Dragonette, a business student.
The bell pepper sandwich was designed as a low carb alternative, but it’s been criticized on both sides about whether it’s good or not.
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