Once a food product becomes as popular as Nutella or acai juice is now, it can be difficult to remember a time when it wasn't sold in every chain grocery store. But just 10 years ago, many of the foods that we now consider omnipresent weren't popular at all.
Yes, there was in fact a time when eating kale chips was a completely alien concept. Check out the list below of foods that weren't popular just a decade ago, but that we can't imagine living without now:
The past five years have been particularly exceptional for kale, which has led to the widespread popularity of kale chips
. Today, you can find kale chips at many major grocery store chains, along with tons of online recipes
to make at home.
has been around since ancient times, it has become increasingly popular in the past five to 10 years. It's now a fixture of health food stores (including Whole Foods), and the most popular brand, Synergy
, produces 17 different varieties and flavors.
Substitutes such as Beyond Eggs
can now be found in many national chain supermarkets, including Whole Foods and Safeway.
This juice, now a staple of acai bowls and smoothies, started gaining momentum around 2008
Whilst Celiacs used to struggle to find gluten-free products, especially breads
, gluten-free mixes and cookbooks can be found everywhere from Target
The originator of Chia drinks, Mamma Chia
, developed the product in 2009. It was picked up by Whole Foods
a year and a half later, and is now sold in chains including Vons, Albertsons, and Ralph's.
Cookie butter (commonly referred to as Speculoos), first gained popularity in Belgium in 2008
via a TV show called "the Inventors." Today, Trader Joe's
offers their own variety, which is wildly popular across the U.S.
In 2006 alone, 450 new pomegranate products
hit shelves -- so technically any number of them could be on this list. Pomegranate seeds
in particular are an even relatively new product, which has gained popularity for the product's elimination of wrestling with the fresh fruit.
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