Forget about the Cronut—the latest craze in baking mash-ups is all about bread that’s made to look like watermelon. Originating at Jimmy’s Bakery in Jiaohsi, carbs colored and shaped to look like Japanese square watermelons have become one of the hottest food trends in Taiwan. Welcome to #watermelonbread.
The bakers behind these trompe-l’oeil loaves use bamboo charcoal, green-tea powder, and strawberry their creations. Curiously, they were originally created to trick children into eating properly during the hot summer months (further proof that Asian kids have better diets than their U.S. contemporaries), but watermelon bread has quickly moved past its tween admirers and become a phenomenon, flying off shelves and blowing up Instagram.
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While this food isn’t widely available yet in North America, we’re hoping Dominique Ansel will work his sugary witchcraft on it soon. Either way, one thing is abundantly clear: This mash-up is the best thing to happen to watermelon since this kid rocked a watermelon as shorts.