WHAT did you do with mac and cheese ?! A menu of weird foods of 2021


(NEXSTAR) – From Oreo wine to Reese’s “pie†and macaroni and cheese flavored desserts, 2021 has seen a lot of weird new foods and food combinations.

Here is a menu of some of the gourmet dishes, uh, the creations of the past year:


This year marked the 100e anniversary of the Bloody Mary, but apparently we needed a new alcohol with crazier ingredients to deal with the pandemic.

Potato flavored alcohol led the way.

Lay’s Potato Chip Flavored Vodka

Lay’s potato chips are well known to savory snack enthusiasts, but the brand has decided to “turn our proprietary potatoes into a vodka blend.”

The 40 proof vodka sold out in three hours.

Arby’s French fries flavored vodkas


Lay’s may even have been inspired by Arby’s, who released two 80 degree vodkas inspired by their iconic curly fries and new wavy cut variety.

Curly Fry Vodka has been distilled with cayenne pepper, paprika, onion and garlic. Crinkle Fry Vodka was “a subtle homage to its namesake, made with real kosher salt and sugar to honor the rich tradition of salted potato shapes,” according to a press release.

The vengeance of squid

Walt Disney World launched over 150 new foods and drinks in celebration of the park’s 50th anniversary. (Walt Disney World Resort)

Disney World has joined in the fun this year with plenty of new foods to celebrate the park’s 50th anniversarye birthday. One of these offerings was Squid’s Revenge Drink, a michelada garnished with a piece of charred octopus. (Disney also touched on this year’s mac and cheese theme, as we’ll see later.)

Oreo wine

(Barefoot Wine)

This year’s menu also featured a dessert wine, for those who like Oreo Thins. Barefoot Wine has teamed up with the cookie maker to create a “Barefoot x Oreo Thins Red Blendâ€. Delivery came with two 750 milliliter bottles of wine and a packet of Oreo Thins for $ 24.99.


We will first start with “meat”.

Bread steak

In an article on Bon Appetit, food writer and cookbook author David Tamarkin shared his idea for a type of salted French toast made with sourdough, custard and Parmesan cheese. Tamarkin also claimed that the resulting dish, which he described as a “bread steak,†could even satisfy a “carnivorous palate†if done correctly.

“A piece of sourdough soaked in custard and Parmesan cheese – basically salted French toast – that’s really decadent in the vein of a rib eye,†wrote Tamarkin, who is also the digital director and editor of the food website. Epicurious. He further explained that he himself had previously given up meat for environmental reasons.

” It’s fat. It’s dirty. And if you do it right, it’s downright meaty, â€he added of his“ Bread Steak â€.

Social media had more than a few things to say about this.

3D printed steaks

Continuing the trend of labeling adjacent to steak, Israeli startup Redefine Meat has expanded its business into Europe and served its whole cuts of plant-based alternative meat for the first time.

“The 3D printed beef substitute has been deployed in Israel, as well as Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. A blend of soy and pea protein, chickpeas, red beets, nutritional yeasts, and coconut fat, it mimics flank steak, also known as flank steak.

Candy Corn Kids

Now for some real Meat: The brave people of Wisconsin imagined a Halloween-inspired “SpookToberfest kid” made with pork and candy corn. It’s not certain, however, that this dish poses a chocolate and peanut butter challenge as a winning combination for Halloween.

Sweet Pink Macaroni and Cheese


Kraft created a Mac & Cheese with a candy flavored sachet to make the dish pink and give it a touch of sweet candy flavor.

The company donated the macaroni and cheese to 1,000 lucky macaroni lovers who entered to win a contest. It should be noted that this article follows Kraft’s 2020 launch of the Pumpkin Spice Mac and Cheese in the United States.

Burger Mission to Mars

The Disney World 50th Anniversary menu also featured mac starter. The Mission to Mars burger, garnished with bacon and macaroni and cheese, was served on a bun sprinkled with “crushed cheese flavored mugs”.

The Mission to Mars Burger is served on a bun sprinkled with “crushed cheese puffsâ€.  (Walt Disney World Resort)
(Walt Disney World Resort)

Speaking of Disney, don’t forget their 50th Celebration Hot Dog, which is made with a beef franc and topped with strawberry jelly, powdered sugar, and funnel cake pieces.


Chocolate coated cicadas

Brood X emerged this spring for the first time since 2004, spreading to large parts of the country. Sarah Dwyer, of Chouquette Chocolates in Bethseda, Maryland, began coating the 17-year-old bugs in chocolate and selling them. Soon, it is the customers who abound.

Macaroni and Cheese Ice Cream

(Photo: Business Wire)

Yes, Mac made the dessert menu. This ultimate comfort food blend hit freezers in July when Kraft teamed up with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream.

So what do you top a mac and cheese sundae with?

Peanut Butter Cup ‘Tarte’

It's Reese's biggest peanut butter cup to date.  (The Hershey Company)
It’s Reese’s biggest peanut butter cup to date. (The Hershey Company)

Hershey’s unveiled your new favorite Thanksgiving dessert – and it sold out quickly. Reese’s 9-inch Giant Thanksgiving Pie, Reese’s largest cup of peanut butter ever, weighed 3.25 pounds.

The box says the pie is supposed to contain 48 servings of 160 calories each. That adds up to 7,680 calories if you plan to eat it all on your own.

Maybe next year Reese could make a giant peanut butter Christmas tree?


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