It seems like just yesterday when I was ranking each new food emoji Apple rolled out last December, but here we are again. In late March, the Unicode Consortium, the governing body dictating what emojis get ushered onto our smartphone keyboards, announced it’d be rolling out 69 new emojis this summer—possibly as soon as this month. They include 13 new food and drink emoji.
You can see renderings of each one on Emojipedia's website, or just fast-forward to the 2:24 mark in the video above to see the new food and drink emoji. I’m stunned some of these offerings weren't available before, namely coconut and broccoli. There’s also a soft pretzel, a sandwich, a slab of meat, “bowl with spoon” (ah, yes—my favorite dish), a dumpling that looks like a clamshell, “canned food,” a fortune cookie that resembles a pale crustacean with a white tail, a takeout box, a pie with steam billowing from its creases, “cup with straw,” and a glimmering pair of red chopsticks.
I'm pretty jazzed about the fact that we're finally getting a pie emoji. After all, that emoji was the very subject of a Burnt Toast episode in which our host, Kenzi Wilbur, found out what it's like to lobby for the creation of an emoji that doesn't exist yet. Turns out it's a maddeningly bureaucratic process. Use this news as a gentle reminder to give our episode a listen if you haven’t.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This post was originally published in March 2017. The news of our fast-approaching emoji seems to be making the rounds again, so we figure it's a good time to republish this.
Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.