Last fall, we uncovered a trendy new way to drink smoothies thanks to Darling Cafe in Australia. Darling serves its frozen beverages in repurposed lightbulbs, and based on how cute the cafe's Instagram photos are, we thought this vessel was destined to become as ubiquitous as mason jar. That hasn't quite happened just yet, but the trend has popped up in spots like Square Bar in San Jose. Though you may not have seen light bulb drinks at your favorite corner, PopSugar pointed out that the trend, which apparently started in Seoul, South Korea, has recently been taken to a whole new level.
Using Instagram, PopSugar took a deep dive into the light bulb drink trend and reported that many spots, especially in Japan and Korea, serve these special beverages in light bulbs that actually glow. Don't worry, the light bulbs weren't just ripped from the wall, wires still attached, and used to hold a soda — that would be quite dangerous. They're hollowed out like those at Darling and Square Bar, but these light bulbs also get a flashing LED dropped inside. The concept is similar to how Tokyo Disney and Hong Kong's Disneyland Resort make their cotton candy light up, and it's just as mesmerizing.
Scrolling through the images that bear the hashtag #lightbulbsoda on Instagram, it appears that the glow-in-the-dark version of the trend is a popular item sold at festivals, like the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival that occurred at the very end of July. Fireworks and glowing drinks do seem connected by a similar theme. Additionally, a shop called Pika Pika Soda, which has several locations in Japan, also appears to be a hot spot for the luminous drink. Gaze upon the the fluorescent beauties below, and start hoping that this adaptation of the light bulb drink trend makes its way stateside for the sake of our Instagram feeds.