All the Foods We Thought Were Sexy Since 2009

February 11, 2016

There are so many—and also not enough—words for describing food: some generic (delicious, tasty, gross), some specific (salty, brown, caramelized, fishy), some figurative (beautiful, glorious, heart-warming), some literal (hot, cold, starchy, chocolatey), some banned (luscious, indulgent, meltingly-tender, toothsome).

And then there are some that are downright silly. Since Food52's birth in 2009, we've been occasionally describing food as "sexy," which might be one of the most subjective adjectives of all time. Is silken tofu sexier than firm? Is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich sexy? What about if it's almond butter? It depends on the circumstances—and on whom you ask.

In honor of Valentine's Day, the year's sexiest holiday (or is it?), we've compiled a list of foods that we've described as sexy and unsexy over the years. Some will make sense to you (figs stuffed with cheese and dipped in chocolate) and others (turkey breast, cabbage, scrambled eggs), not so much.

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Beauty is in the eye of beholder.

The hot list:

And not so sexy:

What, in your opinion, is the sexiest (or least sexy) food? Share with us in the comments!

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  • Donna Collins
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I used to work at Food52. I'm probably the person who picked all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream.


Donna C. January 18, 2017
Very juicy, very sweet, very red watermelon (with seeds)
cirra February 18, 2016
Tapioca in rich coconut milk with fresh ripe mango? Definitely sexy!
amysarah February 12, 2016
I object to tapioca as intrinsically unsexy. My childhood love of it was very unsexy (thank god,) even if we called it "fish eye pudding." But as an adult, I'd say it can have a rather sensual mouth feel. Consider Thomas Keller's famous Oysters & Pearls: caviar and oysters atop a tapioca sabayon. That ain't no nursery food.
patty@bryce February 12, 2016
aargersi February 12, 2016
ZOODLES! Not really. I am just starting trouble :-)

Savory cinnamon is though
Lindsay-Jean H. February 11, 2016
I apologize, dearest turnip, for my thoughtless words.
Allie February 12, 2016
Avocado! I never had one until I was an adult, and "this is sexy!" was the thought...