Unicode Reveals Bagel & Other New Food Emojis for 2018

Finally, an easier way to caption that lobster roll you just Instagrammed.

By Ethan L. Johns
February 08, 2018

How many times have you been chowing down on a bagel and just needed to tell all your friends about it, but since you only ever speak in emoji, it was impossible, so you had to use the doughnut emoji instead? Us neither, but now that there’s going to be a bagel emoji, your emojis will never have to pretend to be something they’re not, ever again.

On Wednesday, the Unicode Consortium—the body that governs the creation of those cute little text images on your phone—announced a finalized list of emojis that will be added with this year’s Emoji 11.0 update. While the full list supports, among other things, different hairstyles for the man and woman emojis, we were obviously more interested in the food-related ones.

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In the past, lettuce lovers needed to use the green salad emoji. Don’t like tomatoes? Too bad! Until now, at least. The new leafy green emoji solves this problem, and acts as a stand in for other non-lettuce leafy greens, like bok choy, cabbage and kale.

After the state of Maine petitioned to have its signature crustacean added to the pictionary of the internet, the lobstermen and lobster roll lovers of the world have been gifted the new lobster emoji. Technically, this bad boy lives in the animal emoji category. But we know better than to accept these arbitrary categorizations, don’t we?

New Yorkers and Montrealers will be delighted to find a bagel emoji in the new package, though they will have to wait for final designs from Android, Apple and others before they go to battle over the proper way to make a bagel.

Salt Bae might be taking over the internet, but he hasn’t yet taken over the emoji space. He’s at least a quarter-step closer now, with the new salt emoji. Bounce it off your elbow or shake, shake, shake it from a shaker, then send it to your friends in an iMessage.

On a beach near the equator with a chopped mango in your hand and want to make all your friends jealous? Send a photo of the sea and add a bunch of those mango emojis, baby!

For dessert, two newbies have arrived on the scene: the moon cake emoji and the cupcake emoji. Cupcakes might be soooo 2016, but we’ll take it for birthdays.

To clean it all up, bust out the soap emoji and the sponge emoji and start doing the dishes. What a party that was! We’ll text you a recap later.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns