Recipes: 5 Weirdly Awesome Clear Foods to Make at Home

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Posted: 10:07 PM, Mar 20, 2018

What's the latest food craze on Instagram? It's clear food everything! From clear cakes to clear chips, the ability to see through your favorite treats is what's in. We've deep-dived into social media land to find the best translucent foods. Here are our top five!

1. DIY Clear Doritos 

The culinary experts behind the YouTube channel "Hellthy Junk Food" have done it again. This time, they created a video teaching us how to make Doritos, the cheesy snack we know and love, into a clear, Instagram-worthy creation. Check the full video here and watch JP and Julia play with clear Doritos, maybe take some pointers and try them out for yourself!  

2. Clear Cakes 

Also known as a Raindrop Cake, this jiggly dessert is made up of mineral water and agar  an ingredient that's similar to Jell-O. The combo is what essentially gives this cake it's clear appearance and texture. The cake itself has no taste, so it is traditionally served next to soybean flour and a sugary syrup called kuromitsu. The dessert is said to melt in your mouth when you bite into it. 

3. Clear Taco Shells

You heard that right, a taco shell that's clear so you can enjoy a 360-degree view of what's inside. The recipe for clear taco shells requires few ingredients, but the process is extremely difficult. That's according to, the site and YouTube channel that's making the recipe popular. On their website, they say they "do not really want you to even attempt it" at home, and explain the obstacles they went through to create the shells. All in all, it's a process that took them DAYS to perfect. But hey – the pics are worth it! 

4. Clear Pumpkin Pie


Clear pumpkin pie by @simon.a.davies #holidays #pumpkinpie

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Even American favorites are getting the transparent treatment. Sim Davies, the chef de cuisine at Alinea in Chicago took to Instagram to share his restaurant's latest menu item, and the internet couldn't look away. Clear pumpkin pie! It didn't take long for web foodies to go into full research mode and weeks later, we now have the recipe to make it at home. We're barely on the first day of Spring, but why not save this one for a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving dinner dessert! It'll definitely be a conversation piece. 

5. Clear Potato Chips 

If you're more of a fan of traditional potato chips instead of your triangular Doritos, then this one's for you. Even though they're also called "Glass" potato chips, they're not made of real glass. They're made of a mixture of roasted potatoes and potato starch, which creates a clear gel that can be molded into the shape of chips. The gel will thicken to a jelly-like consistency as a reaction to water and you'll get your Instagram-worthy chips. Again, the process is extremely time-consuming but it's all in the name of a good pic. Here's how to make them. 

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