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All the Foods We Thought Were Sexy Since 2009

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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).

Naked Chocolate Ice Cream for Lovers
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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.

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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