By: Anna Lawson
From elaborate latte art and “freakshakes”, to edible cookie dough and charcoal soft serve ice cream, 2017 has been a year of trendy ingredients and desserts. Publicized mainly through social media, three ingredients and desserts have gone viral worldwide. With the holidays coming up, enjoy these holiday desserts with a trendy twist.
Peppermint Rolled Ice Cream
Rolled ice cream is a Thai frozen dessert that has become extremely popular due to satisfying social media videos in which a person chops up an ingredient, pours an ice cream base overtop, and smoothes into a thin layer of ice cream. They then scrape the ice cream to create rolls. Glenelg Junior, Lucy Loazer says this ice cream is "actually pretty easy to make, and it tastes delicious!” Traditionally this is done on top of an ice-cold metal surface, allowing for the ice cream to freeze into a creamy texture almost immediately. Unfortunately most people do not have one of these industrial surfaces at home, so instead try with a baking sheet. It does take a bit longer, but it is worth it in the end!
Matcha Crepe Cake
Matcha is a green tea powder originating from Japan. It is traditionally used as mood-enhancer since it contains L-theanine, an amino acid capable of relaxing the mind. Glenelg Senior Morgan Adams says that “it is cool how an ingredient can calm someone.” In addition, crepe cakes have become increasingly popular this year. A crepe cakes consists of layers of crepes, which are similar to extremely thin pancakes, with a cream filling in between each layer. Recently, bakers have been adding matcha powder to crepe batter, giving it a green tea flavor. This cake is perfect for the holidays because of the green pigment from the matcha powder.
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