Yesterday, the Unicode Consortium revealed 230 new emojis coming out in fall 2019. Among them are the ingredients to make a delicious brunch, a dry January cocktail hour, or a really unexpected sandwich. And while we don't anticipate anything quite as dramatic as the likes of 2018's emoji-bagel-gate, some of the 2019 food and beverage emojis are way better than others.
From best to worst, let's have a look:
The Ice Cube
This icy little guy's working double-time to ensure we know exactly what he is. See: glacial coloring, glints of reflection, endless beads of melting water. And before you go saying that this doesn't belong in a food emoji roundup, we'll remind you that water in all shapes and sizes is a critical ingredient in some of our favorite recipes.
The Beverage Box
Show us a more joyful activity than drinking delicious juice from a tiny box—go on, we'll wait. Thought so. Now show us a more delightful little receptacle from which to sip that juice. Enough said.
The new butter emoji captures everything we know and love about one of our favorite-ever condiments. The soft slice, mid-fall, is a really nice touch. Can we go so far as to call it ASMR? We're gonna call the butter-slicing emoji ASMR.
We have to give the new maté emoji some points for accuracy—check it out next to the corresponding Wikipedia image. If we sent someone this emoji and only this emoji, they would know what it was.
The onion emoji may have a few flaws, but its tenderly designed skin makes us feel seen and heard. Just look at those delicate stripes—and at the lighter tones used to imitate a gentle glare, suggesting papery translucence. We're not crying and texting our college boyfriend to ask the name of that one Dashboard song we really liked—you're crying and you're texting your college boyfriend to ask the name of that one Dashboard song you really liked. (Let us know what it is when you hear back, please.)
We're not mad about the garlic; we're just a little disappointed. We find the tilted angle of the bulb to be confusing, sans the rest of the stem or roots. Like, was it meticulously cleaned, but just not peeled? We guess we wish it were in a pile of cloves, or a mid-mince mini cutting board situation. Or being pushed through a press, onto buttered bread...
We're diehard falafel fans around these parts, and we'd like our corresponding emoji to be up-to-snuff. Instead, we were presented with something that looks like it could be a warning about falling, misshapen coconuts, or a pair of hazelnut kernels (one full and one oddly sliced). Speaking of the odd slice angle: It's almost as if the person wielding the knife has never halved something before.
Yes, waffles are delicious, and yes, they're even better with butter. But we have some questions about this emoji take. Like, why isn't the butter melting? Is the waffle ice-cold? (Shout out to the new ice emoji, if so.) And where is the syrup?!
Oysters are already not the most visually appealing food, on their own. (You know it, we know it, and the beautiful platters, diamond-like crushed ice, and jewel-toned mignonette replete with tiny spoon working overtime to prop up oysters' appearances know it.) And this new emoji doesn't do them any favors. It hearkens the more rubbery, off-color ones we've encountered. Oh, and the pearl. Of course it's mystical and makes us feel like miracles are possible—but the chance of finding a pearl in an oyster is apparently about one in 10,000. Also known as the one-hundred emoji, squared.
Ella Quittner is a a writer at Food52. She covers food, travel, wellness, lifestyle, home, novelty snacks, and internet-famous sandwiches. You can follow her on Instagram @equittner, or Twitter at @ellaquittner. She also develops recipes for Food52, and has a soft spot for all pasta, anything spicy, and salty chocolate things.