๐Ÿ” Food Emoji Kitchen Hacks: How Food Emojis Can ๐Ÿญ Brighten Up And ๐Ÿฅ  Level Up Your Cooking Game

7์›” 29, 2020

With lockdown and stay-at-home advisory still in place, many people prefer to stay indoors to avoid catching the coronavirus. In the absence of restaurant dine-in options, more people are cooking at home, and more and more people are sharing their recipes online. Whether youโ€™re a kitchen newbie or a long-time home cook looking to learn something new, why not make your recipes more exciting with a food emoji, or two?

 

Emoji Evolution

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No matter where you live or where youโ€™re from, weโ€™re sure you know about emojis. Emojis have changed the way people communicate, and people use them in a multitude of ways- even in cooking!

As of 2017, emojis have developed into their own language. Years ago, they were used to only showcase emotions, but now theyโ€™ve grown into a more complex communication system by replacing words and phrases.

 

Food Emojis

If youโ€™ve never used a food emoji in a recipe or social media post, thatโ€™s ok. Weโ€™re here for you, and weโ€™re here to add some spice to your culinary journey by bringing you a couple of tasty recipes to practice on!

But before we go on our merry way, weโ€™ve got some things we have to do, like going over tools to help us with our task. If we plan to spice up our online recipes with emojis, we need to know what weโ€™ll be working with, right? Hereโ€™s a list of food emojis under our Food & Drink emoji group.

 

Food Emoji List

To date, Emojiguide has more than 100 food emojis, each belonging to its own category.

Fruit Emojis

The first food emoji category is the fruits category. Here are the emojis under this category: ๐Ÿ‹ Lemon, ๐ŸŠ Tangerine, ๐Ÿ‰ Watermelon, ๐Ÿˆ Melon, ๐Ÿ‡ Grapes, ๐Ÿฅ Kiwi Fruit. Other fruit emojis are ๐Ÿ“ย Strawberry, ๐Ÿ‘ Peach, ๐Ÿ’ Cherries, ๐Ÿ Pear, ๐Ÿ Green Apple. Our final list of fruit emojis includes the ๐ŸŽย Red Apple emoji, ๐Ÿฅญ Mango, ๐Ÿ Pineapple, ๐ŸŒ Banana, ๐Ÿฅฅ Coconut, and ๐Ÿฅ‘ Avocado emojis.

Vegetable Emojis

Letโ€™s move on to our second food emoji group, the vegetable category. Here are the emojis in this category: the ๐Ÿฅฆ Broccoli, ๐Ÿฅฌ Leafy Green, ๐Ÿฅ’ Cucumber, ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ Hot Pepper, ๐ŸŒฝ Ear Of Corn, ๐Ÿฅ• Carrot,ย ๐Ÿฅ” Potato, ๐Ÿ† Eggplant, ๐Ÿ… Tomato, ๐Ÿ„Mushroom,ย  ๐Ÿง…Onion, ๐Ÿง„ Garlic, ๐Ÿฅ— Green Salad, and ๐Ÿ  Roasted Sweet Potato.

Meat Emojis

Our third food emoji group is the meat section. To most people, meat tastes good, so good that, for them, a meal without meat just isnโ€™t a meal. Now here’s the list of the emojis under the meat section. In no particular order, they are the ๐Ÿ– Meat On Bone, ๐Ÿ— Poultry Leg, ๐Ÿฅฉ Cut Of Meat, and ๐Ÿฅ“ Bacon.

Dairy Emojis

For our fourth group of food emojis, letโ€™s talk about dairy emojis. Here are the dairy, or dairy-based emojis: there is the ๐Ÿฅฏ Bagel, ๐Ÿฅจ Pretzel, ๐Ÿฅ– Baguette, ๐Ÿฅ Croissant, ๐Ÿฅ›ย Glass Of Milk and ๐Ÿž Bread emoji. To add to that are the ๐Ÿฅช Sandwich, ๐Ÿง€ Cheese Wedge, ๐Ÿง‡ Waffle, ๐Ÿฅž Pancakes, ๐Ÿฅšย Egg, ๐Ÿง† Falafel, ๐Ÿฅ™ Stuffed Flatbread, and ๐Ÿฅฎ Mooncake emojis. Other dairy or dairy-based emojis include the ๐Ÿฅ Fishcake With Swirl, ๐Ÿฆย Soft Ice Cream, ๐Ÿฅ ย Fortune Cookie, ๐ŸฅŸ Dumpling, ๐Ÿฅง Pie, and ๐Ÿฎ Custard.

Weโ€™re betting netizens with sweet tooths often use the ๐Ÿซ Chocolate Bar,ย ๐Ÿง Cupcake, ๐Ÿฐ Shortcake,ย  ๐ŸŽ‚Birthday Cake,ย  ๐Ÿชย Cookie, ๐Ÿฉ Doughnut, ๐Ÿจ Ice Cream, and ๐Ÿง Shaved Ice emojis!

Seafood Emojis

As we move on to the fifth food emoji category, you better take a deep breath because we will be going under the sea! Letโ€™s dive into the colorful world of seafood emojis: first is the ๐Ÿค Fried Shrimp, followed by the ๐Ÿฃ Sushi emoji, ๐Ÿฆ‘ Squid, ๐ŸฆShrimp,ย  ๐Ÿฆžย Lobster, and ๐Ÿฆ€ Crab emojis.

Fast Food Emojis

Fast food is a presence in almost everybodyโ€™s life. In fact, over a quarter of Americans eat fast food daily! That said, the emoji world wouldnโ€™t be complete without a couple of fast food emojis to represent the intense craving people have for fast food. So, here they are: weโ€™ve got the ๐ŸŒญย Hot Dog, ๐Ÿ• Pizza, ๐ŸŸย French Fries, and ๐Ÿ” Hamburger emojis.

๐ŸŒฎ Tacos and ๐ŸŒฏ Burritos may not be considered as fast food, although fast-food joints like Taco Bell serve them, so we slid the ๐ŸŒฎTaco emoji and ๐ŸŒฏ Burrito emoji in this category, too.

Rice Emojis

Rice lovers, listen up, because our seventh food group is all about your favorite source of carbohydrates! To start with, Emojiguide has four types of rice emojis, they are the commonly used ๐Ÿš Cooked Rice emoji, followed by the ๐Ÿ™ Rice Ball emoji, the snackalicious ๐Ÿ˜ Rice Cracker emoji, and the ๐Ÿ›ย Curry Rice emoji.

Snack Emojis

Want to talk to your friend about the snack you had that day? Why not add a fun emoji to your text, email, or social media post? You can do that if you ate ๐Ÿฟย Popcorn, had a ๐Ÿญ Lollipop, a piece of ๐ŸฌCandy, a ๐ŸŒฐ Chestnut, ๐Ÿฅœ Peanuts, a ๐Ÿก Dango or ๐Ÿข Oden, or pretended to be Winnie The Pooh and finished an entire ๐Ÿฏย Honey Pot!

Traditional Cuisine Emojis

Two forms of traditional cuisine belong to the meal category of our food emoji round-up. They are the ๐Ÿ Spaghetti emoji and the ๐Ÿฑ Bento Box emoji. Spaghetti is one of Italyโ€™s favorite traditional pasta dishes, while the Bento Box is a single-portion, take out or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisines. A traditional bento, or bento box, holds noodles or rice, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, all packed neatly in a box.

 

Food Emoji Recipes

After going through the food emojis, now itโ€™s time to get to work! Weโ€™ll start with the appetizer, then move to the main course, and finally dessert.

To kick things off, letโ€™s cook something yummy and healthy like a ๐ŸŒฎ! (See what we did there?)

Healthy Taco Dish

Ingredients:
(Good for 4)

2 heirloom ๐Ÿ…
4 soft or hard tortilla shells
ยฝ cup of ๐ŸŒฝ
1 can black
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
2 ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ (you can add or subtract this amount to match your spice level)
One handโ€™s worth of cilantro
๐Ÿง‚, pepper, and lime juice, according to taste
๐Ÿฅ‘, salsa, and hot sauce

Instructions:

Chop ๐Ÿ… and cooked ๐Ÿ† in ยฝ-inch pieces. Cook the quinoa vegetable broth. Put the ๐ŸŒฎ shells in the oven and assemble the ๐ŸŒฎ using all the ingredients above. Put the cilantro, a squeeze of lime, pepper, and salt on top. Finally, top with hot sauce, ๐Ÿฅ‘, or your favorite salsa.

On a diet? No problem! These ๐ŸŒฎ are gluten-free! If youโ€™re watching your weight, avoid fillings with tons of oil like fried ๐ŸŸ, or ground beef. Substituting certain ingredients will lend all the flavor you want, minus the unhealthy amount of sodium and fat.

 

For our main dish, weโ€™ll be having pork chops! Pork chops are an excellent source of protein. They are flavorful, satisfying, and inexpensive. What more could you possibly ask for?

Pork Chop With Cherry Glaze

Ingredients:
(Good for 4)

4 boneless pork loin chops
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup of pitted dark sweet ๐Ÿ’
2 tablespoons dried ๐Ÿ’
1 tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper
ยผ cup of dry red vinegar juice
ยฝ tablespoon orange
๐Ÿง‚, pepper, cinnamon, and ๐Ÿง„

Instructions:

Season your pork chop with cinnamon, ๐Ÿง‚ and pepper. Cook chops in olive oil for 6-8 minutes per side. Use a large skillet and medium heat for this. Once done, move the pork chops to a plate to keep warm. Get the skillet you cooked the pork chops in and combine vinegar,ย  ๐Ÿง‚, chipotle peppers, orange juice and ๐Ÿง„. Cook for around 3 minutes or until the sauce is thick. Pour the sauce over the pork chops. Bon appรฉtit!

 

Skip the boring chicken dinner, buy some *shrimp, and cook up a delightful meal! ๐Ÿฆ is versatile, and cooks quickly, too. After cleaning the house and homeschooling your kids, you want to feed your family with something delicious and easy to do, like this recipe for ๐Ÿง„๐Ÿงˆ๐Ÿฆcoming to the rescue for you! It takes less than 20 minutes to cook, and every succulent, juicy bite is worth it, (we promise).

Garlic Butter Shrimp

Ingredients:
(Good for 4)

1ยฝ pounds of medium ๐Ÿฆ, peeled and deveined
1 stick unsalted ๐Ÿงˆ
๐Ÿง‚ย and freshly ground black pepper, adjusted to taste
5 cloves ๐Ÿง„, minced
ยผ cup ๐Ÿ” stock
Juice of 1 ๐Ÿ‹
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Instructions:

Melt 2 tablespoons of *butter in a large skillet at medium-high heat. Add ๐Ÿฆ, ๐Ÿง‚ and pepper based on individual taste. Stir in the ๐Ÿฆ. Keep stirring until fragrant. This usually takes 2 to 3 minutes. Add ๐Ÿง„ to the skillet then stir for about a minute before adding in ๐Ÿ” stock and ๐Ÿ‹ juice. Wait for it to boil. Once itโ€™s already boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Gradually add the ๐Ÿงˆ . Stir in ๐Ÿฆ and gently toss the ๐Ÿฆ around. Serve with garnished parsley leaves. Happy eating!

 

When you are the cook of the house, and your pantry is running low, and youโ€™re too scared to go out, but you need to make dessert, hereโ€™s a sweet, emoji-infused treat thatโ€™s easy to make.

Peanut Butter Kisses

Ingredients:

One cup ๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿงˆ
1 cup sugar
One large ๐Ÿฅš
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
30 milk chocolate kisses

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream sugar and ๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿงˆ until they are fluffy and light. Beat in ๐Ÿฅš and vanilla. Once thatโ€™s done, beat in vanilla and ๐Ÿฅš. The next step is to roll in the mixture into 1 and 1/4 inch sized balls. Make sure they are two inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops are slightly cracked. Press ๐Ÿซ kiss into the center of each cookie. Let them cool before moving them from the pans to wire racks.

 

Did you have fun diving into these emoji-infused recipes? We hope you did, as for us, we had a lot of fun writing them down! If you have kids at home, adding emojis to your recipes is a brilliant way to get your little ones in the kitchen and away from their laptops or ๐Ÿ“ฑ. How so? You can have them guess the word behind each emoji, then ask them to find the ingredient they guessed!

 

Bring Food Emojis To Life

Another way to get kids happy and active in the kitchen is to bring their favorite emojis to life in the form of yummy dishes, refreshing drinks, or fun and scrumptious desserts.

Here are some cool examples:

Make the ๐Ÿ˜‹ real with this Cheesy Yum Face recipe! The ๐Ÿ˜‹ Face Savoring Food emoji is really one of the cutest emojis around. This emoji shows a face with smiling eyes and a big, closed smile with its tongue sticking out of one corner. It imitates licking oneโ€™s lips and suggests a good appetite or delicious food.

Check out the instructions for the Cheesy Yum Face Recipe:

Cheesy Yum Face

Ingredients:

cheddar ๐Ÿง€
salami
barbecue sauce

Instructions:

Get a basic block of ๐Ÿง€. Shape the ๐Ÿง€ into a circle, then add a couple of squeezes of barbecue sauce to recreate the eyes and the smile of the ๐Ÿ˜‹ Face Savoring Food emoji. Once youโ€™re done with that, cut a slice of salami into a long, oval shape. Carefully remove a small sliver of meat from the middle and place it at the rightmost end of the smile. Happy cheesing!

 

Sunny Jell-O Treat

Summer is here… and you know what that means, we have to live in this uncomfortably scorching hot weather…ugh! Thank God for tasty and refreshing summer treats like ice cream and Jell-O! Hot summer days call for deliciously cool, Jell-O, are we right or are we right? Oh, and for even more fun, you can make this jiggly dessert even cooler by using it to recreate your favorite โ˜€๏ธ.

Ingredients:

๐Ÿ‹ย jell-o
red food coloring
fruit strips

Instructions:

Get ready for this jelly! Open a package of ๐Ÿ‹ Jell-O and add a few drops of red food coloring to achieve the desired light orange hue. For the next step, fill a pie pan with the Jell-O, then pour the rest into a 9 x 11 baking sheet. Put the pie pan and the baking sheet in the refrigerator to set.

While waiting for the Jell-O to harden, cut the fruit strips in half, lengthwise. Once the Jell-O has hardened, turn the pie pan over. Use the Jell-O in the baking sheet to cut eight, equally shaped, triangular rays. When youโ€™re done with that, use the fruit strips to make an outline around the sunโ€™s body, creating the reddish outline. Thatโ€™s it! Thatโ€™s all you need to do! Easy-peasy ๐Ÿ‹ squeezy!

 

Tropical Drink Paradise

If youโ€™ve seen the ๐Ÿน Tropical Drink emoji, then you know how refreshing it looks. The adorable looking symbol is an illustration of a cocktail orย  ๐Ÿท Wine Glass adorned with citrus fruit,ย  โ˜‚๏ธ Umbrella, and straw. Itโ€™s so cute, we donโ€™t think we would exaggerate at all if we were to say itโ€™s everyoneโ€™s favorite drink emoji!

But hereโ€™s the best partโ€ฆ you can make your own real-life ๐Ÿน Tropical Drink emoji! All it takes is four, easy stepsโ€ฆ

Ingredients:

orange juice
grenadine
lime
drinking glasses

Instructions:

Fill your drinking glass with ice, followed by orange juice. Slowly add the grenadine. Take your time, wait for it to settle at the bottom. For the last step, add a lime garnish and a blue strawโ€ฆ then youโ€™re done!

Since the authorities and medical experts recommend we do not leave the house due to fear of contracting the coronavirus, why not take things up a notch by organizing a Hawaiian-themed party right where you are? Greet your โ€œguestsโ€ with easy to make ๐Ÿ’ฎWhite Flower leis thatโ€™ll instantly transport them to an island vacation! You can also whip up a couple of colorful beach ๐Ÿง, or fire up the grill with some yummy Hawaiian ham andย  ๐Ÿ Pineapple kebabs!

 

Cooking With Kids

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Contrary to popular opinion, culinary activities with kids donโ€™t have to just involve actual cooking or baking. There are many tasks and activities going on in a kitchen that your child will be more than capable of handling like measuring ingredients, mixing the batter, stirring food in a pan, etc.

Ultimately, cooking with kids is more than just a way to keep them going without getting them bored. When children are active in the kitchen, they develop culinary skills and positive food habits. Children learn healthy habits from an early age, so it makes sense to get kids started in the kitchen early to raise healthy, happy eaters.

 

Food Emoji Trivia

Before we wrap up, hereโ€™s a fun piece of food trivia for you. We know that food is one of the most powerful things in the world; it brings people together, and it bridges the cultural divides we face in our interactions with others.

Most Tweeted Food Emoji

If youโ€™ve got any doubt about the power of food, and the food emoji, perhaps this bit of info will put your fears to rest: Did you know that the most tweeted food emoji in the world, as revealed by Twitter, is the ๐ŸŽ‚ Birthday Cake emoji? No matter where youโ€™reย from, you will always celebrate your birthday… with a glorious slice of sugary pastry on the side, of course!

Pizza Emoji

Twitter revealed this fun bit of info on World Emoji Day last year. Interested to find out the second most tweeted food emoji? Dominoโ€™s, Shakeys, Pizza Hut, and all the other popular pizza chains probably jumped for joy when they found out because the second most tweeted food emoji is a slice of ๐Ÿ• Pizza! The ๐Ÿ“ Strawberry emoji, ๐Ÿป Clinking Beer Mugs emoji, and โ˜•๏ธ Hot Beverage emoji rounded out the top five.

Feel Good Food Emojis

It just goes to show nothing beats the simple indulgences of life, whether done alone or shared with a loved one. They are a universal cure for a bad day or blue mood, and add to our overall sense of well-being, whether itโ€™s a yummy slice of ๐Ÿ• pizza, a cup of โ˜•๏ธ coffee so fresh you can smell the aroma a mile away, or an iced cold bottle of ๐Ÿบ beer on a hot summer day.

 

Conclusion

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A quarter of the worldโ€™s population is at home right now. If youโ€™re reading this, chances are, youโ€™re one of them! While itโ€™s important to stay indoors, you donโ€™t have to be all doom and gloom about it. There are plenty of activities for you, your partner, and your kids to enjoy, and… surprise, surprise! They donโ€™t always involve Netflix.

So, what are you waiting for! Go and take advantage of the fresh and new opportunities before you! Bond with your family and pets as much as you can, make the most out of the time you have together. Weโ€™re sure youโ€™ll be missing all your wonderful bonding moments when things eventually get back to normal.