The 6 Most Powerful Food Stories of 2014

The following 6 stories don’t define or tell a story about the food scene. They don’t help convey any particular trend. When it comes to the highest trafficking articles on, we can glean that people love Trader Joe’s and Disneyland, people are super inquisitive about McDonald’s products, and we can surmise that a very curious amount of people care that the once Taco Bell-exclusive Mtn Dew Baja Blast is now being bottled for our guzzling pleasure.

Without further sensation, here were the top 6 most read stories of 2014:


6. Bottled Mtn Dew Baja Blast Finally Coming to Stores, Vending Machines May 2014

The same cult drink that was once only available at Taco Bell soda fountains made its debut earlier this year in bottle form. The news was big for food and drink fans, being shared on Facebook over 200,000+ times in the first month of the announcement.


5. A Stunning Look at the 17 Most Popular Items at Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s isn’t just a storeit’s a tiki-themed wonderland filled with Cookie Butter jars and delicious bottles of wine for just under $3. It was no surprise that our data-driven list of the 17 most popular items at Trader Joe’s was the 5th most read Foodbeast article of 2014. It’s almost like a WholeFoods, just without the pretentiousness.

4. Human Foods You Didn’t Know Could Kill Your Dog

Unsure whether to categorize this as a helpful list to circumvent feeding your pet something that could make it ill, or an ill-conceived playbook for a dog serial killer, this post still resonated and reached hundreds of thousands of readers in its first few days of publication. If we learned anything in 2014, it’s that grapes not only give humans gas but they are rather toxic to dogs.


3. Stunning Disneyland Foods and Drinks Worth Waiting in Line For


Apparently the most magical place on Earth is home to a magically delicious assortment of park-exclusive foods. When our photographer made the incognito trip to document her food expedition at the Anaheim, CA-based park back in April of 2014, what resulted was one of the most shared, talked about and “magical” stories on for 2014. Everything from Mickey-shaped beignets to Peanut Butter and Jelly soda (that subsequently sold out once it was posted on our site). What was your favorite Disney-themed food from 2014?!


2. Fast Food and Restaurant Employees Confess the One Item You Should Never Order


Everyone loves an insider tip when it comes to your favorite food establishment…even when those tips involve items to avoid. Who knew that Wendy’s chili was so suspect?!


1. This is What Happens When You Dunk a McDonald’s Cheeseburger in Stomach Acid [WATCH]


By far the most popular story on for 2014 revolved around a video uploaded back in 2010. The video, aptly titled “Cheeseburger in Hydrochloric Acid – Periodic Table of Videos,” shows us what a McDonald’s Cheeseburger looks like after being introduced to hydrochloric acid. The result is a disgustingly one-sided view of how a fast food burger reacts in a stomach-like environment. As of this post, the video is nearing its 10 millionth view.