As the year draws to a close, Google has released its yearly “Year in Search” report, listing the most popular search terms of 2022. This year’s report includes a section that specifically highlights the most popular recipes.
Some of the recipes probably became popular overnight as a result of TikTok, pop culture enthusiasts, and even an NFL squad attending the Super Bowl.
Sugo, an Italian tomato sauce traditionally made with tomatoes, garlic, basil, and olive oil, was the dish that people searched for the most in 2022.
“Cincinnati chilli,” which features spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and occasionally even cocoa powder, has a sweeter flavour than conventional red chilli and took second place. When the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals played in the Super Bowl in February, the search keyword saw a significant increase.
Cincinnati chilli is shown in a restaurant as a “5-Way,” which includes spaghetti on top of chilli, beans, onions, and cheddar cheese. (Jared Hopkins/Tribune News Service via Getty Images for the Chicago Tribune)
The third-most-googled recipe in 2022 was “Marry Me Chicken,” a simple chicken breast meal with herbs, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and heavy cream. TikTok is to blame for the dish’s viral recipe status; #MarryMeChicken videos have received over 59 million views. It was the most recent in a long line of chicken dishes that, in keeping with urban folklore, are said to encourage commitment in romantic relationships.
A quick pancake and mango pie completed the top five. Hrishikesh Hirway, a musician and host of the podcast “Song Exploder,” specifically saw a significant increase in search activity for “mango pie” in November after sharing his mother’s recipe with CBS “Sunday Morning.”
Top 10 recipes looked up in 2022
As the U.S. now experiences increased shortages due to supply chain backlogs, baby formula has become scarce on store shelves.
Americans were concerned about their food being in limited supply in addition to fretting about a baby formula scarcity, a tampon shortage, and an Adderall shortage.
Sriracha shortage was rated as the fifth most popular “shortage” word. Huy Fong Foods, the company that makes sriracha sauce, issued a warning in June about an “exceptional” scarcity brought on by “many spiralling events, including unanticipated crop failure from the spring chilli harvest.”
The top 10 list of searches included the terms “food shortage,” “cream cheese shortage,” “avocado shortage,” and “lettuce shortage.”
Overall, “Wordle” was the most-searched term on Google in 2022.