"It's A One-Trick Pony": People Who Bought Into The Internet Hype Around Viral Food & Kitchen Products Are Giving Very Honest Reviews

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The internet is full of recommendations. Every day, you probably come across kitchen gadgets, trending ingredients, and viral recipes that are so popular you're wondering if it's worth trying. So Redditor asked u/rifain, "What product [did] the internet hype you up to try and what was your experience after trying it?" That's how people responded.
1. "A Kitchenaid stand mixer. I had read about this for years and as a keen baker I had been looking for one for a long time. When my hand mixer finally died, I figured the time was right to get one. And yes, it was absolutely fantastic. I use it at least twice a week."
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2. "For me, it was the Old Bay spice. We don't have it here in France but I kept reading about this great product (especially for seafood). I couldn't bear not to try it one more day and I bought a box of Old Bay from Amazon. So far I've used it for ratatouille, shrimp and chicken. It's pretty good, but so unnecessary in my opinion. I'm used to cooking with herbs and spices. I understand how Old Bay helps with a quick recipe or for someone not interested in investing the time to learn about spices, but it was of little value to me."
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3. "An instant pot. I finally took the plunge and used it 3 days a week for two years. Pressure cookers are really fantastic.”
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4. "Food packages. I tried one for a while, but both my partner and I both agreed that it would be much more economical to keep the recipes they sent us for the first three months and then buy the ingredients from our local grocery store . Our biggest complaint when trying the product was the excessive amount of wasteful packaging."
5. "Better than gold bars. This stuff is so good.
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6. “Nutritional yeast. I love this stuff on popcorn, but I don't think it tastes very good on things like soup or salad. It's a staple in my pantry, but as far as I'm concerned, it's a one-trick pony used solely to flavor popcorn."
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7. “Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise. It's hard to find where I live because it's so popular, but I have to admit that it honestly tastes better than regular supermarket mayonnaise.”
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8. "I watch tons of YouTube home cooking and the only hyped food that stands out to me is pickled red onions. So many people swear by these things and the hype is totally justified, I always have them in the fridge now."
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9. "All bagel spice. I love it and it's made with flavorful ingredients that I don't usually have on hand."
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10. "Chili oil. Thanks to my Instagram feed, I gave in to trying a few different chili oils, from Trader Joe's version to Fly By Jing and Momofuku. I can honestly say this is one ingredient I can't live without. Just a little scoop of this stuff adds so much flavor to anything I cook, whether it's plain pasta or plain roasted veggies."
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11. "A good cast-iron skillet. I seasoned it from scratch, made a steak, and instantly saw the magic."
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12. "Reddit got me to finally take the plunge into buying MSG. I now add it to all my home cooking and I have no regrets.”
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13. "Smash burgers. Cooking burgers this way turned out to be everything it was advertised to be and more.
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14. "High quality canned fish. I've long been a fan of canned fish having a real moment in the spotlight thanks to TikTok Shells in Escabeche. The taste is incredible and they're the easiest and quickest meals when I'm in a tight spot.”
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15. "Dalgona coffee, that whipped coffee that took over the internet. It looked good but ended up being too sweet and fluffy.”
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16. "Fresh truffles. I wanted to like them, but I didn't care about the taste. I see chefs using them in all kinds of fancy dishes, but I personally didn't like them. I'd rather have chanterelles, morels or a giant portabella in my kitchen instead."
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17. "The latest 'hyped' product I've bought is an air fryer. I have the Ninja and I can confirm it's THE BOMB.”
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18. "This viral TikTok tomato feta pasta. It's now a staple in my household and one of the meals we take turns eating. It's worth a try if you haven't already!”
19. "A sous vide. It really cooks the best steak ever. It's so tender. This device changed everything.”
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20. "Pretty much every recipe that has become famous on social media. These things are almost never worth making. Do you remember these trendy cloud eggs? It was all that work for something that tasted like an egg.
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21. "Homemade pasta. I'd seen people making them online and thought it would be overly time consuming and pretentious, but boy, the switch from pre-packaged store-bought to fresh pasta was amazing. My husband got me the Kitchenaid attachment which makes it easy. Now I make homemade pasta on Sundays and freeze it for the week.”
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22. "Cauliflower everything from rice and pizza crust to fried cauliflower wings. Why can't cauliflower be content with what it is? It's an absolutely delicious vegetable and I'm afraid we're giving it a complex.”
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23. “Mason Jar Salads. Saw these on Pinterest. Sure, they look pretty, but trying to eat a salad out of a jar is awful. Dumping it into a bowl gives you two dirty plates, much more sense preparing and eating your salad in a food storage container."
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24. “Kerrygold Pure Irish Salted Butter. The internet loves this stuff. IMO, it's ok, but it's not special enough to justify the idea of ​​paying more for it."
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25. "Overnight oats. I've tried recipe after recipe after seeing this breakfast on blogs, YouTube, TikTok, etc. I think they taste terrible. They don't become sticky, but delicious or comforting accumulations of liquid and other ingredients that also become sad in the process."
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26. "Cookie butter. I finally tried it for the first time when I was 20 years old. I can only say that it is probably the greatest invention that the Belgians have ever made. I love using them when making desserts like the Biscoff Cookie Crust Cookie Butter New York Cheesecake."
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27. "A hand blender. I don't know how I went so long without one. It is perfect for soups and sauces. You don't have to worry about transferring food in and out of a blender. You'll never screw up an emulsion again."
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28. "Acai. Pretty much any 'superfood' feels awkward to me, but açai has the added benefit of also tasting terrible.”
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What's a trending or hyped recipe, ingredient, or cooking-related product you've tried because of the internet, and what have been your own experiences with it? Tell us in the comments!

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