Is Black Coloured Food The Latest Craze?

We're over the rainbow and we're going goth

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The good ol' interweb has found a new craze for us to briefly obsess over: black ice-cream. 

Created by Morgenstern Finest Ice Cream shop in New York, the inky colour is the result of one very peculiar ingredient: coconut ash. 

Meanwhile back at the parlor🌴✌🏽️#sundayfunday #coconutash 📸: @mikejchau 💯

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But as avid Instagram users here at team ELLE, (where else does one catch up on #foodporn?) we're calling it - black food is a thing and you'd better get used to it. 

Forget rainbow bagels, it's all about the black burgers and black hotdogs...

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Black bagels…

Bagel boy #bagels #blackbagels #littleghostbagels #maltbystreet #gothbagel

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Black ice-cream cones…

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Black pasta…

#afternoon #amazing #blackpasta #noodles #thedailycatch This is just amazing.

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Black cake, cake, cake, cake, cake…

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Black water (okay, it's not a food but it's too good to not mention)

We're loving these recent summery days. Lets hope it doesn't stop any time soon! Pic via @foodist_healthy_box

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To be honest, black-a lot of foods

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And, in case you're wondering whether this will make your insides go all funny, we're pleased to inform that you should be perfectly fine. Black bagels, pasta, burgers and hotdogs transform into a dark hue with squid ink, a common ingredient used by chefs all over the world. 

BLK water, as per its website, is 'alkaline mineral water infused with naturally black fulvic trace minerals'.

Black ice-cream cones, cakes and other desserts are mainly made from the traditional method of food colouring, or the new-age way of charcoal powder. Interestingly, despite the association of carcinogenics with blackened food, 'activated' charcoal is not likely to cause harm*. In fact, people in Japan take the powder for its 'purifying effects', but we'll let you be the better judge on that.

As for the ice-cream made with coconut ash? Morgenstern told Mic it is 'simply the charred and processed remains of a coconut shell.'

What do you think about this trend? We're personally yawning over rainbow-everything, so no complaints just yet. 

Listening to your thoughts over at @ELLEUK!

*Consult your doctor should you have any concerns.

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