The Baker’s Hub – Baking and Baked Product Emojis

Everything to do with baking, via emoji

Humans have been baking (bread) for thousands of years. Its foremost evidence tails back to the 2600 BCE and the 600 BCE. The pioneers in this culinary art were mostly Greek and Egyptian ancestors. Without them, chances are we wouldn’t have bakeries today. Or not.

Baking as an industry emerged in the 1900s. Although we had the recipes for many of the things we’d be baking at the time, it wasn’t enough to start an industry. So, baking machinery, bakeries, and everything specific to this part of the food chain came about during this period.

Baking is not only a source of food in the current scenario, but it’s also a wonderful course of creativity, skill, and most of all, therapy. Believe it or not, baking is therapeutic for many of us. It’s a vent and our way of channelizing control.

So, when something this beautiful exists in real life, it’s only a matter of time before it begins virtual representation as well. And that time is here. Presenting, all things bakery. Emoji style, of course.

Bread Emoji

๐Ÿž Bread

One thing that’s absolutely heartwarming about bread, is that it’s a symbol of equality. Every person, irrespective of “class”, country, religion, race, etc., consumes the same bread. We all pretty much break bread together, only in different parts of the world.

Now, here are some facts.

  • ๐Ÿž If you’re tired of finding mold on your bread, you’re storing it wrong. Always keep bread in dry and cool places.
  • ๐Ÿž Bread is like sponge. Only edible. It absorbs water. So, if you’re weak spot is your constant dehydration, then you’d want to keep the bread at bay.
  • ๐Ÿž is a great treat for ducks. Which means, ๐Ÿž must not be served as a daily staple. Treat is the keyword.
  • ๐Ÿž If you want to keep your bread fresh for long, quit the fridge. ๐Ÿž stays fresher at room temperature.
Baguette Bread Emoji

๐Ÿฅ– Baguette Bread

๐Ÿฅ– is the same food as the previous emoji, just a little longer and thinner. The baguette, as we know it today is a French-inspired baked commodity.
But here’s what’s shocking.

  • ๐Ÿฅ– is speculated to have not originated in France. Sure, the French baguette did, but just the baguette bread? We think not. Actually, the facts, think not.
    ๐Ÿฅ– is said to be of Austrian origin.
  • ๐Ÿฅ– And the reason why this signature long bread is so strongly associated with France is that the first batch was imported to the country.
  • ๐Ÿฅ– There are chronological confusions regarding the origin, however. Some believe the baguette to have only been a French invention inspired by the Austrian pain veinnois. Still seems like an Austrian thing.
  • ๐Ÿฅ– Baguette and French Baguette are most often used interchangeably. Ironic, yeah.
โŠ› Flatbread Emoji

๐Ÿซ“ Flatbread

Yep, we’re covering all the doughy stuff first.

This emoji is just as inclusive as any other bread-based item on this list. Flatbreads are part of almost every culinary menu across the world and ๐Ÿซ“ can be used to represent these unique flatbreads individually or any other dish that uses the flatbread as an essential base.

  • ๐Ÿซ“ Flatbreads have been in vogue for nearly 6000 years now!
  • ๐Ÿซ“ There are hundreds of flatbread types.
  • ๐Ÿซ“ Some flatbreads are also made with zero yeast. They’re known as unleavened bread. Anyone who’s read the Bible would find this nostalgic.
  • ๐Ÿซ“ The flatbread is said to have originated from ancient parts of the modern world such as Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley Civilization, and Egypt too.
Croissant Emoji

๐Ÿฅ Croissants

Firstly, it’s pronounced as kwa-son (thank us later). And secondly, ๐Ÿฅ ain’t a shrimp/prawn so kindly refrain from applying it as such. Now, onto the facts.

  • ๐Ÿฅ Though this pastry has a strong French essence, it didn’t come from France. ๐Ÿฅ was born in Austria. Lots of shocking reveals in this blog post!
  • ๐Ÿฅ is said to have been baked for the first time in the 1200s.
  • ๐Ÿฅ These golden-brown crunchies didn’t come into existence in their modern shape and style. They were first introduced as “Kipferls” which were crescent-shaped pastries with a smoother and softer crust.
  • ๐Ÿฅ Kipferls are still a delicacy in many parts of Austria.
  • ๐Ÿฅ Croissants walked into the fast-food industry in the 1970s and have been selling out hot ever since.
  • ๐Ÿฅ American croissants are sold with an insane variety of fillings, including spinach!
  • ๐Ÿฅ Spanish and French croissants, thankfully stay true to the original taste; a buttery croissant.
Pretzel Emoji

๐Ÿฅจ Pretzels

Pretzels are sweet, doughy, and super satisfying German pastries. Satisfying because they follow a strict rule of symmetry.

The perfect pastry for the perfectionist.

  • ๐Ÿฅจ Pretzels need no fancy ingredients, just flour, salt and water.
  • ๐Ÿฅจ stand out in the pattiserie for it’s shape. Not many pastries are and can be as twisted as these guys!
  • ๐Ÿฅจ The common origin story of the pretzel dates back to 610 AD, with a European monk being the creator.
  • ๐Ÿฅจ The initial intention was to create a pastry that looked like a child folding hands in prayer. Not calling that twisted, but yes, that’s why pretzels come in knots.
  • ๐Ÿฅจ If you’re trying to cut down on your carbs, then pretzels must be the last option because they’re super packed with carbohydrates.
  • ๐Ÿฅจ A sweet fact about pretzels: they were a part of Swiss weddings where the to-be-weds would break the knot and consume half each after making a wish. Aww.
Bagel Emoji

๐Ÿฅฏ Bagels

๐Ÿฅฏ can be used for both bagels and donuts. But that doesn’t make them the same thing! Donuts and bagels only look a little like each other, but they differ in basic ways like taste, ingredients, toppings, and procedure.

  • ๐Ÿฅฏ If we have bagels today, all the credit goes to the Jews of Poland (yes, all of it. Not little or half). They came up with the recipe in the early 1680s.
  • ๐Ÿฅฏ Bagels are savories, traditionally topped with either sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
  • ๐Ÿฅฏ Today, bagels have tons of varieties. They’re topped with veggies, cream cheese, cinnamon, and a bunch of other savory ingredients.
  • ๐Ÿฅฏ There are bagel sandwiches as well!
  • ๐Ÿฅฏ are boiled first and then baked. Yep, boiled. Exposing each side of ๐Ÿฅฏ to boiling water pre-sets the crust so that when it bakes, it bakes perfectly.
  • ๐Ÿฅฏ Ever wondered why ๐Ÿฅฏ has a hole at the center? Many bagels were stringed together back in the day and sent over the different places and markets. Thus, the hole was used for easy transportation.
Pancakes Emoji

๐Ÿฅž Pancakes

๐Ÿฅž can be used to represent both pancakes and crepes online, since there isn’t a separate emoji for the latter. The basic distinction between the two (they’re not the same) is baking powder. Crepes don’t use it.

  • ๐Ÿฅž Pancakes are one of the oldest foods or rather breakfast foods. Research finds them to be as old as 30,000 years! Which takes us back to the Stone Age.
  • ๐Ÿฅž Initially, pancakes weren’t as fluffy as they are today. Early humans made them super-flat, like crepes (now you see how ๐Ÿฅž can be used interchangeably).
  • ๐Ÿฅž came from Ancient Greece. Ancient Rome too relished pancakes. In fact, it’s said that these guys stacked their pancakes just like us.
  • ๐Ÿฅž Guess who introduced us to the pancake+honey combination. Ancient Greeks!
  • ๐Ÿฅž When they first arrived in the US, they were known as “hoecakes” or “johnnycakes”. Can’t say that 15th century America wasn’t a wild place.
Waffle Emoji

๐Ÿง‡ Waffles

Like the other bread here, ๐Ÿง‡ is a versatile bakery and bread product too. However, unlike those breads, this one requires special equipment; the waffle iron. These irons are just as varied as the waffles they make.

  • ๐Ÿง‡ There are three main types of waffles and waffle irons; Belgian/Brussels Waffles, American Waffles, and Liege Waffles.
  • ๐Ÿง‡ Belgian waffles were first called “Brussels Waffles”.
  • ๐Ÿง‡ Belgian waffles are rectangular or round, American waffles are rounded squares, and Liege waffles are irregular or shapeless in other words.
  • ๐Ÿง‡ Waffles too came around during the Stone Age, thus adding to the earliest gastronomical experiments.
  • ๐Ÿง‡ The Iron Age peeps were the first ones to come up with the most basic idea of the griddle.
  • ๐Ÿง‡ Ancient Greeks and Europeans savored crispy waffles, with the texture of wafers.
  • ๐Ÿง‡ “Waffles” is said to be derived from the Dutch word for “wafers”. However, according to some sources, the word was inspired by the Old German word “Wefan”.
  • ๐Ÿง‡ The story behind the ice cream cone is the waffle.

Individual Bakery Ingredients

Butter Emoji

๐Ÿงˆ Butter

Yes, butter is used in a vast range of cuisines and not just baking. But we’ve condensed ๐Ÿงˆ into this list because of its prominent usage in bakery.

Since this emoji says butter,๐Ÿงˆit can be used to represent other forms of it like peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.

  • ๐Ÿงˆ Way back in the day, butter was used in oil lamps instead of oil. More like butter lamps.
  • ๐Ÿงˆ Ancient butter was made from sheep or goat milk because cows were still wild back then.
  • ๐Ÿงˆ Wedding gifts were creative and useful a couple of decades ago. Much like how waffle irons were popular presents for the newlyweds, a pot full of butter was also an apparent practice in some parts of the world.
  • ๐Ÿงˆ There are over 15 different types of butter.
Cheese Wedge Emoji

๐Ÿง€ Cheese Wedge

The ๐Ÿง€ emoji can be applied for all types of cheese.

  • ๐Ÿง€ Cheese was first made in 8000 BCE. Sheep milk initially kickstarted the cheese factory.
  • ๐Ÿง€ Today, there are nearly two thousand types of cheese.
  • ๐Ÿง€ This may or may not be a fact, but if you wish to live longer, blue cheese must be a staple.
  • ๐Ÿง€ Also, if you have a stubborn sleep cycle, then a little bit of cheese before bed can help you sleep sounder and sooner.
  • ๐Ÿง€ Mice don’t like cheese! Not every mouse is Jerry. It’s a cartoon fact and a real-life myth.
  • ๐Ÿง€ But if you adore cheese as passionately as any cartoon mouse would, then you’re a Turophile.
  • ๐Ÿง€ Cheese was another luxury between the early 1800s and the 1900s. This means, another wedding gift!
Salt Emoji

๐Ÿง‚ Salt

  • ๐Ÿง‚ Evidence of the foremost salt factory on the planet goes back to 6000 BCE.
  • ๐Ÿง‚ Salt aids in the fermentation process in baking. Apart from infusing better taste and flavor to the dough, ๐Ÿง‚ also helps keep the batter together.
  • ๐Ÿง‚ Salt is also a great taste highlighter. Most flavors become more apparent with a little bit of salt.
  • ๐Ÿง‚ used to be a very valuable commodity in Rome. In fact, salt would be equated with one’s wages. Some even say that Roman workers were paid in salt.
  • ๐Ÿง‚ And when these workers didn’t work enough to earn their salt, they weren’t worth their salt.
  • ๐Ÿง‚ It used to be known as “white gold”, given its value.
  • ๐Ÿง‚ The word salary came from ‘salt’.

We hope you found our little compilation of bakery emoji resourceful and informative. So much so that the next time you want to talk about baking online, we look forward to being your first pick!