Hot on the heels of unicorn toast, aquatic-inspired toast is Instagram’s latest food trend.

People are topping toast with watercolor-like spreads in blues and greens and finishing the look with edible gold flakes.

Florida-based food stylist Adeline Waugh, @vibrantandpure, was the first to post photos of the trend. She currently has more than 50,000 followers on Instagram waiting for her next decadent creation.

To get the dreamy colors, she mixes matcha or algae powders and liquids with almond milk cream cheese or greek-yogurt bases or berry-based jams.

Radishes and mandarins sometimes serve as fun, colorful pops.

Waugh has recognized it’s not exactly a practical recipe, and she wasn’t trying to create the next food trend but said, “I just like to play around in the kitchen and attempt to create something aesthetically pleasing and unique from time to time.”

In reference to how it got its name, Waugh wrote, “not sure what to call this…but I’m thinking mermaid toast, as to continue the tradition of naming toast after mythical creatures.”

Waugh announced Sunday that she will be appearing on the The Dr. Oz Show Monday to discuss toast trends.


I guess mermaid toast is officially a thing if @foodandwine did a feature on it… what!? ? ? Beyond flattered…the name sticks for this aquatic creation. I feel like I’m about to go on a mild rant: So, this happened when I put unicorn toast out there too… there will be so many wonderful comments and articles covering it- but then there are also so many people and articles hating on it; saying it’s “silly” and asking, “why?” Or “who has time for that?!” Let me just put this out there: I am just having fun! I am a food stylist and I like to create beautiful things using food- I’ve never claimed to be starting a trend or a putting out a new recipe that is super practical- it’s 100% impractical, I just like to play around in the kitchen and attempt to create something aesthetically pleasing and unique from time to time. Also, I don’t know about you, but with everything going on in the world today, sometimes I just want to look at some colorful food. Okay- rant over, phew ?? I shouldn’t even pay attention to the negativity when there’s so much positivity from everyone out there, and for that- I’m extremely appreciative! ❤️ Link in bio to check out the F&W article on #mermaidtoast #vibrantandpure

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.