The hottest foodie trend… CHARCOAL

Rainbow bagels, multi-coloured latte art and kaleidoscopic smoothie bowls are now – quite literally – so last year. The newest foodie trend on the block, which is the complete opposite to the gregarious, unicorn-inspired crazes we saw in 2017, is charcoal.

Activated charcoal first gained popularity in the beauty sector – appearing in everything from toothpaste and teeth whitening kits to facemasks and soaps, it is now being used to bring the dark side to the food and beverage market.

Black food is taking over social media and the trend isn’t slowing. Black ice cream housed in an equally black cone, a burger complete with a deep black burger bun and black cheese, the darkest coffees topped with beautiful latte art, and even gothic-looking cocktails – people are pushing the boundaries and experimenting far and wide with activated charcoal.

This trend is becoming more and more widespread and has made its way into nationwide restaurants. To mark National Pizza Day on the 9th February, Prezzo launched two black pizzas made with activated charcoal dough – The Etna (a garlic chilli and tomato base, topped with calabrese sausage, pepperoni, roquito chilli pearls, rocket and mozzarella) and The Monte Bianco (a béchamel sauce base, topped with fresh mozzarella, truffle infused oil and rocket). Waitrose was the first big supermarket to jump on the bandwagon, with a charcoal dough pizza topped with porchetta, salami, marinated artichokes, sun soaked tomatoes, and olives.

Having been used for medicinal purposes since the 19th century, activated charcoal is not only used for creating dramatic looks, but also for the health benefits it carries. Created using carbon combined with various gases, which are then exposed to extremely high temperatures, activated carbon is extremely porous and is used to purify the body by clearing out internal chemicals and toxins.

Ultimately, if your next burger or bagel isn’t a deep hue of black, you are behind the times!

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