When the Google Doodle Goes Foodie

Ice cream sundaes, currywurst, mooncakes, and even Julia Child have found their way onto the Google doodle.

  • Photo: Google
  • Belgium National Day 2012, because we have the Belgians to thank for mussels and frites, Belgian chocolate, Brussels sprouts, waffles, and Belgian endive. (Photo: Google)
  • Herta Heuwer's 100th Birthday. Heuwer invented Currywurst by frying a boiled sausage and layering it with a sauce of tomato paste, Worcestershire, curry powder and other ingredients. (Photo: Google)
  • Cezanne's 172nd Birthday. Many of post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne's paintings include foods like apples, peaches, pomegranates, and cherries. (Photo: Google)
  • Korean Thanksgiving 2011. The holiday is a Harvest festival, called Chuseok, where a traditional rice cake stuffed with healthy ingredients like sesame seeds, black beans, walnuts, chestnuts, jujubes, and honey, is eaten. (Photo: Google)
  • Dragon Boat Festival 2011. During this Chinese festival, participants eat rice dumplings (zongzi), drink wine, and race dragon boats. (Photo: Google)
  • Anniversary of the ice cream sundae. (Photo: Google)
  • Emma Gad's 161th Birthday. This Danish writer is famous for the book she wrote on dining etiquette. (Photo: Google)
  • Google's 14th Birthday. (Photo: Google)
  • Julia Child's 100th Birthday. (Photo: Google)
  • July 4th, 2009. (Photo: Google)
  • Gregor Mendel's 189th Birthday. Often called the father of modern genetics, Mendel used peas as his model plant and tested roughly 28,000 pea plants over 7 years. (Photo: Google)
  • Laba Rice Porridge Festival 2011. A Chinese festival where it's customary to eat Laba congee, made with rice, beans, dried fruit, tofu, potato, meat and vegetables. (Photo: Google)
  • Hungarian National Day, because Hungarian gingerbread cookies, called Puszedli, are the bomb. (Photo: Google)
  • Lunar New Year 2013 - Vietnam People celebrate the new year by eating Bánh Chung, a savory-sweet cake made from glutinous rice rolled around mung bean-pork filling and wrapped in a banana leaf. (Photo: Google)
  • Chuseok 2012. This is Korean Thanksgiving, where people feast on Fried Fish, Pears, Watermelon, Pickled Side Dishes, and Sweet Dumplings. (Photo: Google)
  • Eliezer Ben Yehuda. Often called the reviver of Hebrew, Yahuda also came up with the Hebrew word for ice cream—g'lida. (Photo: Google)
  • Magusto 2011. A Portuguese celebration where people come together to eat chestnuts, drink new wine, and mingle around a bonfire. (Photo: Google)
  • Nanakusa Gayu, 7 Herb Porridge. There is a long-standing Japanese custom of eating seven-herb rice porridge (nanakusa-gayu) on January 7. (Photo: Google)
  • Moon Festival / Mid-Autumn Festival 2011. This is the day to eat mooncakes, which are small round pastries with a rich filling of red bean or lotus seed paste and yolks from salted duck eggs. (Photo: Google)
  • Persian New Year 2010.  A day when the Haft-Seen table is set with apples for beauty, garlic for good health, sumac for life, sweet dried fruit of the lotus tree for love and affection, vinegar for patience and age, and wheat pudding for the sweetness of life. (Photo: Google)
  • Porridge Day 2010 (Chinese Laba Rice Porridge Festival). (Photo: Google)
  • Potato Day 2013. A national day to celebrate the potato in Peru, where potatoes originated and thousands of varieties exist today. (Photo: Google)
  • Thanksgiving 2010 by Ina Garten, part 1. (Photo: Google)
  • Thanksgiving 2010 by Ina Garten, part 2. (Photo: Google)
  • Thanksgiving 2010 by Ina Garten, part 3. (Photo: Google)
  • Tomato Festival 2008 - Spain. (Photo: Google)
  • Tu B'av 2013. A Jewish holiday in July that celebrates love. (Photo: Google)
  • Valentine's Day 2007. (Photo: Google)

As is the case with many other spectacular innovations, the Google doodle—those delightful, fun avatars of the Google logo—began at Burning Man. The doodle was conceived in 1998, when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin decided to head to the hippie festival in Nevada, and created a visual out-of-office message by placing the burning man stick figure behind the second O in the Google Logo. It was an inside joke, nothing fancy—at least not compared to the witty interactive Google doodles we’ve seen in recent years. Since 1998, Google has created the Pac-Man doodle that lets you play the game and the Les Paul doodle which lets you record a tune.

Today, a team of ‘doodlers’ and engineers are behind the hundreds of doodles that show up on the Google homepage every year. Here at First We Feast, we appreciate that many of them have to do with food. So many, in fact, that Google has christened this specific doodle category “foodles”. Some foodles celebrate food personalities like Julia Child, others commemorate a specific food like the ice cream sundae, and most pay homage to food-related festivals and holidays.

Click through the gallery above and see which foodles are your favorite.

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