17 foods you wrongly thought would always be around (hint: chocolate)

This month Japan announced that it's seeking a global heritage nod to help conserve its Washoku style of cooking, which is being threatened by the rise of fast food staples such as McDonald's and Krispy Kreme. So that got us thinking about our favorite foods that might one day go extinct due to a variety of factors like unstable climate (coffee), insect infestations (maple syrup), floods (peanuts) and low demand (yellow watermelon) and others.

We can't say exactly when these foods will move from the endangered to extinct list, but if nothing else, this gallery should serve as a reminder to never take for granted things like, well, maple syrup-slathered pancakes.

See Gallery
17 foods you wrongly thought would always be around (hint: chocolate)
Reason: annual pig production decreasing
Reason: declining sales
Reason: crops plagued by disease
Reason: doesn't meet consumers expectations
Reason: climate change affecting ingredient growth
Reason: honeybees arguably endangered
Reason: suburban development
Reason: water shortages
Reason: natural habitat is endangered
Reason: losing popularity
Reason: unpredictable climate
Reason: warm water affecting cold-water fish
Reason: considered an endangered species
Reason: best climates for growth are threatened with rising temperatures
Reason: reefs disappearing
Reason: cocoa crops climate endangered

Read Full Story

Sign up for the Best Bites by AOL newsletter to get the most delicious recipes and hottest food trends delivered straight to your inbox every day.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.