Viral Food and Drink Trends That Emerged from Lockdown
We can all agree that thinking of the year 2020 brings a shiver down our spines. However, the restrictions enabled many households to experiment with food and drink. This led to a boom in viral trends that people could not resist trying themselves. Here are five of the top surprising food and drink trends that emerged from the pandemic:
The sweet treat coffee craze emerged after a TV show clip of South Korean actor Jung Il Woo ordering the whipped coffee in Macau made its way onto YouTube. This icy caffeinated drink consists of only four ingredients and so was the perfect choice for the first big trend of the pandemic. It only requires instant coffee, sugar, boiling water and milk – everyday ingredients that most people have in their pantry. Celebrities including American singer Lizzo and South Korean boy group BTS have showcased their coffee-making attempts on their social medias, generating millions of views. The hashtag #Dalgonacoffee has over 499 million views on TikTok!
Many people came to the realisation during lockdown that kneading and baking helped tackle stress caused by the pandemic. Google has stated a new record in searches relating to bread. Clemence Gossett, founder and co-owner of The Gormandise School in California, has concluded that people have become drawn to bread baking given the meditative qualities the baking process can offer during these times.
This form of fermented tea originally hails from China and known to be rich in probiotics. Fermented health products had already begun to gain traction prior to the pandemic. However, the demand for Kombucha has since skyrocketed as currently there is an evident shift towards healthier food choices. Diana Trout, co-founder and CEO of Health-Ade Kombucha told Yahoo News that they saw a surge during the first three weeks of lockdown. Another brand of the tea, GT’s Kombucha, created its first TikTok campaign with the hashtag #UnitedWeDance, where videos uploaded had a chance to win a trip to L.A. and a year’s supply of Synergy Kombucha. The hashtag itself received 4.8 billion views.
Albeit it a slightly bizarre trend, the viral Nature’s Cereal movement has taken social media by storm. It very simply consists of fruit (like pomegranates, blueberries and blackberries) topped with fresh coconut water. This breakfast is seen as a quick and convenient way to get your five a day in. Additionally, this trend has also received high praise from celebrities like Lizzo, who has publicly raved about this healthy breakfast choice on her social media, saying to her fans ‘Don’t knock it till ya try it'.
The best part of the quarantini is that you can use whatever you on hand and put your creative cap on, a very fitting look for the previous lockdown. The possibilities were endless with this cocktail! The Tatler Hong Kong Dining Team were able to create a variety of quarantini recipes with ingredients including honey-infused Bermondsey Dry gin, Irish whiskey and even a mix of Cointreau and coffee.
Now we find ourselves slowly returning from these unprecedented times back to some form of normality. If you are tired of looking at the same drinks in your cupboard and are in need of an exciting change, come and visit us at BAR@Stockley for stunning views, good drinks and live sports.