There's no doubt that Instagram has forever changed the way we discover restaurants. One quick scroll through your feed and BAM, you're hit with dozens of delicious-looking dishes, conveniently geotagged with the exact location of where you can order them. It's like a digitized, mouthwateringly concise encyclopedia of food. As a direct result of the swift distribution of culinary information, acquiring said dish can prove to be a daunting experience, with a sea of content-hungry food bloggers and seemingly never-ending lines. This year brought us fish-shaped ice cream cones and Unicorn Frappuccinos, but what's in store for 2018?
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According to Candace Nelson, co-founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes and the newly-opened Pizzana (and self-professed dessert lover), there will be a shift toward nostalgic treats. "As a pastry chef, I've found that people crave desserts that remind them of their childhood," she told InStyle. "I predict that in 2018, we're going to see a resurgence of more classic desserts on Instagram." Here, she shares six that she thinks will resonate with 'grammers. Tee up your iPhone X to portrait mode, folks.
1. SARI SARI STORE'S BUKO PIE
"A tender and buttery crust holds a lush pastry cream filled with slices of fresh, young coconut that just make you want to run to Grand Central Market and devour one immediately."
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, 323-320-4020; sarisaristorela.com
2. Valerie Confections's Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake
"This retro cake is made with coffee-flavored honeycomb-encrusted chiffon and layered with coffee whipped cream. It makes for one unique-looking and irresistible-tasting dessert."
3360 W 1st St, Los Angeles, 213-739-8149; valerieconfections.com
3. DOMINIQUE ANSEL BAKERY'S DKA
"Before Dominique Ansel invented his trademark cronut, he was already making these addictive Breton croissant-style pastries called Kouign Amanns (DKA stands for Dominique's Kouign Amann). The gorgeous pastry is like a caramelized croissant—a crisp sugar exterior yields to a buttery flaky inside."
Multiple locations; dominiqueanselkitchen.com
4. THE DONUT MAN'S STRAWBERRY DONUT
"This seasonal donut is an L.A. classic. But with its over-the-top mix of sweet juicy fresh fruit stuffed into a huge, classic glazed donut, it is ready to be rediscovered by food bloggers everywhere in 2018."
915 E Rte 66, Glendora, Calif., 626-335-9111; thedonutmanca.com
5. COTTONHI'S TIRAMISU SOFT-SERVE
"A shop devoted solely to cotton candy-topped soft serve ice cream is like a temple built to Instagram. At CottonHi, the tiramisu flavor gets my vote for most awe-inspiring: soft-serve is topped with mascarpone and cocoa, then adorned with a large lady finger and an injector of coffee intended to be poured over the top, melting down the fluffy cotton candy below. WOW!"
3825 W 6th St, Los Angeles, 213-263-1905; cottonhi.com
6. SPRINKLES ICE CREAM'S CUPCAKE SUNDAE
"This dessert mash-up is one of my personal favorite indulgences when I'm visiting our ice cream shop. Stuffing a Sprinkles cupcake with a scoop of rich and densely decadent Sprinkles ice cream, topping it with butterscotch or fudge, and then sprinkles or cookie crumbles, is an over-the-top treat that's about as good as it gets, in my humble opinion."
Multiple locations; sprinkles.com