I’m pretty sure it was the episode of “Sex and The City” where Carrie went to the (now very famous) Magnolia bakery and dived head first into a cupcake, that made them take off as a ‘food trend’ faster than the speed of light. It’s not as if people weren’t eating them before that, of course they were, cupcakes have been around forever, (well, since the early nineteenth century, to be more precise!) It’s just that their appearance on the hit show made them all of a sudden “trendy”, “desirable,” a “must have.”
Like fashion, food also has fads and phases. There are times when certain foods are “in” and times when they’re “out.” That’s not to say you have to eat them when they’re in, and that you’re not allowed to eat them when they’re out. That’d be like telling someone that they were forbidden from wearing a hypercolour t-shirt because it’s not 1991. But, without question, there are times when it’s all the rage to be eating something and then, seemingly rather quickly, it’s not. I mean, if you were to go to a friends place for dinner and on the menu were Prawn cocktails, ‘Devils on horseback’ and Chocolate mousse served with whipped cream and fanned strawberries, you’d be hoping the evening had a 1980’s theme. Serve that up today and (unless your guests were too polite to say anything or just very grateful for the feed) you may be laughed at.