On the Rise of Japanese Gin and Using the Word ‘Crack’ to Sell Deliciousness

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After much feedback from food critics and customers alike, acclaimed New York bakery Milk Bar is changing the name of its signature pie.

Similarly, Eater looks at the history of the restaurant industry’s problematic use of the word “crack” to sell food.

“The food industry appears to have reached a turning point in its indulgent history of using the term “crack” to sell food. Milk Bar renaming the Crack Pie — perhaps the most recognizable “crack” food product in America — is a major win for critics who rightly complained that people were profiting off a joke about a serious drug epidemic that disproportionately impacted poor, primarily black communities.”

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  1. Totally. Been a long-standing issue in the good/bev industry. Glad to see some folks are starting to listen and make necessary changes.

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