What Went Viral in 2011

We scoured through our archives to find the 10 hottest trending people, videos, and topics in the food world

What Went Viral in 2011
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Gwyneth Paltrow: We do apologize for bringing up Gwyneth Paltrow of GOOP-infamy, but she was sort of all over the place this year (even scoring the first celebrity cover of Bon Appétit). With all her schmoozing with Mario Batali and that rather redundant cookbook title, she’s managed to make it onto GQ’s list of least influential people alive and spawn a large crowd of haters. Ugh. Next. (Photo Wikipedia/Jared Purdy)


Man Eats His 25,000th Big Mac: It seems 2011 was the year of breaking food records. A Wisconsin man who already held the Guinness World Record for “Most Big Macs Consumed” reached his 25,000th Big Mac in May. (He’s probably still eating Big Macs, for all we know.) Also, there was the World’s Largest Nachos, really big cucumbers, and a man who unicycled on a row of beer bottles. (Photo Flickr/naystin)


Kina Grannis and 288,000 Jelly Beans: Guys, this music video combined two things we love: stop-motion and jelly beans. It’s just amazing. Also, animated movies were all the rage this year.


Vending Machines: Maybe vending machines will be the next food truck, since this year inventors rolled out vending machines for baguettes, wine, pizza (above), and even meat. Next year, we expect to see In-N-Out burgers and crème brûlée popping out of vending flaps. And maybe a turkey for the holidays, too.


Robots (and Other Cool Gadgets): There has been some major tech stuff for food, including a crazy 3-D food printer. Most popular, however, was the robot that fetches sandwiches and makes cookies.

Then there was one that could peel a grape (above). Ok, so that one is cheating since it’s really a surgical robot, but it’s still cool. If you were really rich and didn’t want to peel your grapes, but didn’t want someone else's gummy hands on them, you could just buy this robot to peel grapes for you all the time. But we’re getting off track, aren’t we?


“I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy”: One of the most viral videos of the year, this Jimmy Kimmel prank was a genius way to get candy, kids, crying, cuteness, and just a touch of evil, all in one video. All the kids' reactions are adorable; the two smart alecks at the end are still, however, the best.


Did we miss your favorite viral story this year? Maybe the videos of super-fast food workers? Let us know in the comments below.

The Daily Byte is a regular column dedicated to covering interesting food news and trends across the country. Click here for previous columns.

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