Wow, can you believe that 2015 is almost over? While we look back at the amazing things we've done this past year, it's also good to reflect on what 2016 can bring!

Did you know there are superstitions related to food that can help ring in the new year? We've rounded up 5 of our favorites to help you bring luck, health, and prosperity this coming year.

Beautiful photo of fish on Cheeky plates by Instagram user @cyndiramirez. Photo by Instagram user @cyndiramirez.


Fish are believed to be lucky because their scales resemble coins, they swim in schools which invoke the idea of abundance, and with the exception of salmon, they swim forward which represents progress.

Try these fish dishes:
Cod, Roman Style: Baccala alla Romana | Mario Batali via Food Network
Asian Salmon in Foil | Damn Delicious
Grilled Whole Red Snapper | Yes, More Please!


Eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve is both a tradition and a superstition in Spain. Each grape is eaten at each stroke of midnight and represents the 12 months of the year. If one of the grapes is sour, let's say the 4th grape for instance, that means that your April will be sour. This tradition ends up being a funny challenge, as participants try to swallow the grapes between giggles. It isn't as easy as it seems.


Long noodles signify longevity so the longer and thinner the noodle, the longer the life.

Slurp your way into longevity with these recipes:
Lemongrass Chicken Soy Sauce Ramen | Rasa Malaysia
Build Your Own Soba Noodle Bowls | Camille Styles
Vegan Pho with Delicata Squash & Enoki Mushrooms | Yummy Beet

Pig is considered lucky for the new year! Cheeky - available only at Target.


Lots of people consider pork to be the luckiest of all foods to eat on New Year's Day. Why? Pigs are rotund, which represents prosperity. They also "root forward" with their noses, which is supposed to symbolize progress.

Make progress with these pork recipes:
Pineapple Pork Kebabs | Budget Bytes
Cider & Five Spice Steamed Pork Buns | Wilde Orchard
Roasted Walnut & Bourbon Pork Tenderloin | Blueberry Babe


Legumes including beans, peas, and lentils symbolize money. Their small, seed-like appearance resembles coins that swell when cooked so they are consumed with financial rewards in mind.

Make it rain this new year with these legume recipes:
Vegan Hoppin' John | Contentedness Cooking
Roasted Tomato Lentil Salad | Nourished. The Blog.
Three Bean Salad with Wild Rice | Well Plated

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Foods in the shape of a ring, such as bundt cakes, doughnuts, and bagels, are thought to bring good luck, possibly because they symbolize "coming full circle."

Try these round foods to come full circle:
Cranberry Cake With White Chocolate Buttercream | The Whisking Kitchen
Gluten Free Vegan Pomegrenate-Topped Apple Cranberry Bundt Cake | Pure Ella
Rainbow Funfetti Donuts | Aww, Sam

Now that you know what to eat, there's one more superstition to keep in mind. In Germany, it's customary to leave a little bit of each food on your plate past midnight to guarantee a stocked pantry in the New Year. It may be a silly tradition, but it's our hope that everyone will have access to food this coming year and that no one goes hungry.

Don't forget to pick up Cheeky for your New Year's festivities whether you're having a big blowout or a quiet night at home. Shop our products at Target.

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