If there’s anything we’ve learned this year, it’s that you can quickly fall down an Instagram hole of culinary cuteness. From breakfast to dessert, here are twelve of the most adorable photos that tugged at our heartstrings and tummies in 2015.
1. Hello Kitty Bento Boxes
Take one Asian cat, er, girl with a cult following. Add sushi, and you’ve got super kawaii!! Princesskhym gives us a perfect pairing of childhood nostalgia with culturally appropriate cuisine. Way too cute to eat, but we would.
__2. 3D Kitten Coffee Art __
Latte art is nice and all, but when baristas make their coffee literally jump out at you, it’s oh-so-adorable! A pair of cups depicts a cat with its eyes on the prize unaware that it is indeed the prey.
__3. Charlie Brown and Snoopy __
Who doesn’t love a boy and his dog? This bun is so cute it makes us want to do a happy dance. Maiamichan810 loves their adorbs foods, and it shows. This Peanuts inspired item is one dinner roll we aren’t interested in buttering.
4. Thai Basil Chicken
How. Cute. Is. That. Egg!!! No, it’s not rabbit for lunch, but it definitely resembles a garden patch. We’re dying over the dish ware and suddenly craving chicken?
5. Little Orange Snail
While elaborate and colorful Instagrams are welcome, simplicity done well is impressive. A single citrus fruit (plus a Sharpie) are all Dietit needs for their roly-poly feature. Also, it’s a good reminder to have some Vitamin C(ute)!
6. Gudetama Catching Zzz’s
The most popular Sanrio character since Hello Kitty is neither animal, vegetable nor mineral. In fact, Gudetama’s an egg: a lazy, wobbly yolk. Do anthropomorphic eggs count as animals? We’re loving this baker’s interpretation of his “don’t bother me” attitude of mornings.
7. Cookie Monster Macarons
“C” is for cuteness (and maybe creepy) to have our favorite monster depicted as a pastry. But we can’t help but crave this little blue army of treats. Cookie Monster’s also got a cookie in his mouth. Is that what “art depicting life” is or should we call Christopher Nolan?
8. Fig Platitude
What’s the cutest holiday we know? Valentine’s Day. After scrolling through endless hearts and roses, we decided that the sweetest need not be red or stylish. Mayappetite’s pun-tastic sense of humor fits the bill: a heart-warming, heart-healthy sentiment.
__9. Brekkie Bear __
Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day, so we sought out the best in class. It came down to a tough call between this and a peanut butter bear toast. In the end, we wanted food that would taste as good as (or better) than it looked and this fluffy omelet with a little cheese and rice won out.
10. DIY Mice
This adorable edible art is very “I saw this on Pinterest” cute. From the chocolate dipped cherries, to the striped Kisses, to the slivered almonds. Here is that rare instance where you do want to find mice in your food.
Elleventy has graced Instagram with photos of adorable cookies and intricate pie crusts for a couple of years now, but these Miyazaki-inspired creations take the cake. Or cookie. It’s hard to decide if you want to hug these cookies or eat them.
__12. 10Below __
Desserts are typically the prettiest items on a menu, so we looked for something special. We found it in NYC’s Chinatown neighborhood. In lieu of liquid nitrogen clouds, 10Below chills their product on a super cold plate. The result is a smooth, Thai ice cream roll.