On Wednesday, Google released its annual “Year in Search,” sharing the top trending terms of 2021. The data covers all categories, from celebrities to news stories. The most popular search of all in the United States? The NBA. In the food space, the top search should come as no surprise to social media users: “TikTok pasta.”
While there are many pastas on TikTok, the search is likely referring to the viral tomato and feta cheese pasta that blew up on the app this summer, which actually led to feta cheese shortages in parts of the world.
To organize the data, Google ranks terms that had the highest spike this year compared to the previous year. (It makes perfect sense that we were on TikTok a lot more this year.) Below are the top five trending recipe searches.