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Which Trendy Food Stuck Around The Longest?

Cupcakes are allegedly over. A look at which food trends had more staying power.

Posted on April 18, 2013, at 4:28 p.m. ET

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Food fads, by definition, don't last forever. BuzzFeed used Google Trends to estimate how long they live before they die out. A food trend's lifespan below is the length of time between when it crossed 50 — the halfway mark of popularity — and when it hit 100 and began dropping. It's not an exact science — some trends return to their former glory after a drop, some never do. With that in mind, read on for the food fads BuzzFeed tracked, in order from longest to shortest-lived.

1. Kale

Start: July 2009

End: shows no signs of slackening

Length: 3 years, 9 and a half months so far

2. Bacon

Start: December 2009

End: September 2012

Length: 2 years, 9 months

Bacon probably peaked when people started dressing their corgis up as it.
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Bacon probably peaked when people started dressing their corgis up as it.

3. Cupcakes

Start: July 2010

End: October 2012

Length: 2 years, 3 months

4. Greek yogurt

Start: March 2011

End: February 2013? Though it's pretty recent, so this could be a temporary dip.

Length: 1 year, 11 months

5. Chia seeds

Start: January 2012

End: still going strong

Length: 1 year, 3 and a half months, so far

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Okay, this is a Chia Pet. The seeds are less bizarre/adorable.

6. Quinoa

Start: January 2012

End: not yet!

Length: 1 year, 3 and a half months so far

7. Macarons

Start: December 2011

End: December 2012

Length: 1 year

8. Sriracha

Start: October 2012

End: February 2013

Length: 6 months

9. Cake pops

Start: July 2011

End: December 2011

Length: 5 months

10. Acai

Start: October 2008

End: January 2009

Length: 3 months

The average length of the trends above (that aren't still going on) is about a year and three months. Which means chia seeds and quinoa could be about to crash, and kale has exceeded all expectations.

The average length of the trends above (that aren't still going on) is about a year and three months. Which means chia seeds and quinoa could be about to crash, and kale has exceeded all expectations.

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