Charcoal is the New Kale

 

Just when we thought that the latest color trend in food was rainbow, a new hue has arrived to darken the mood. Yes, those pitch-black foods and beverages, from bread to soft serve ice cream, that have been popping up in your feed are made from activated charcoal, the byproduct of burning coconut shells, wood, or other plant materials. Don’t worry, it’s not dangerous to eat but rather touted as the latest detox ingredient. The charcoal is “activated” due to its negative charge and supposedly has the ability to  bind positively charged ions together and remove them from the body. Think of it as a “water filter” for the body. Now you won’t need to feel guilty when reaching for seconds.

Activated Charcoal Latte
The Good Sort (Chinatown, NYC)

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If you’re a vegan, The Good Sort is, well, a good sort of place to be. This lovely Australian-meets-Chinese shop serving up coffee, teas, and low-key house-made savory and sweet treats has an activated charcoal latte when you’re ready to try something new. Go now before it becomes the blogger hotspot of the moment.


The Good Sort
5 Doyers Street
New York, NY 10013

Charcoal Bread
Miss Paradis (Soho, NYC)

Photo Courtesy of Michael Breton

Miss Paradis is a healthful French Mediterranean restaurant focusing on fresh, natural ingredients prepared simply yet creatively. The charcoal black bread is a phenomenal, must-order for the table to share. Delicate and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, it pairs perfectly with the accompanying eggplant-garlic dip. Trust us, after the first bite, you’ll want to order another!


Miss Paradis
47 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

Almond Charcoal Soft Serve Ice Cream
Little Damage (Los Angeles, CA)

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Crushing the Instagram game with its interesting selection of flavors, from Beet to Vegan Coconut Green Tea, Little Damage’s Almond Charcoal soft serve is not only beautiful but creamy and nutty…a sinfully hard to resist wicked treat.


Little Damage
700 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

 

On The Road Charcoal Juice
By CHLOE. (Boston, NYC, Los Angeles)

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by CHLOE. has taken over the vegan fast casual dining scene from savory burgers to sweet cupcakes. It  seems natural this hot spot would also carry a robust selection of On the Road juices, like an activated-charcoal-based tonic with lemon and maple syrup. Super tangy with just a hint of sweetness, it’s the perfect pairing for that vegan guacamole burger.