Saturday, November 26

How to find recipes on Snapchat by scanning your food

Snapchat has everything from group messages to original shows. But did you know that it is also a great place to find recipes? Here’s how to use Food Scan.

Snapchat is a popular app that is capable of all sorts of things, including the ability to scan food and find recipes! Social media apps abound these days. Facebook has the largest user base, Twitter is the go-to app for breaking news / trends, Instagram is where you follow your friends’ coffee shop adventures, and TikTok is the new home for short-form videos.

Among all of them, Snapchat stands out as a particularly interesting option. When it launched in July 2011, Snapchat was a pretty simple app. Users could send disappearing picture messages to their friends… and that was it. Today, Snapchat is much more than that. The app now offers text messages and group conversations, Social Media-like Stories, original video content, and a Spotlight feature to mimic TikTok, and that’s just a trace from the surface. Snapchat can often seem a bit complicated and despite how much is already in the app, parent company Snap still adds new features to it all the time.

One of those characteristics is something called ‘Food scanning. It is exactly what the name implies. Snapchat users can scan a food with the Snapchat app, identify it, and then get a description of the item along with some helpful recipes. Even better, using Food Scan is incredibly easy. Open the Snapchat app on your phone, find the food you want to scan, place it in front of the phone’s camera, and then tap the Scan button at the bottom of the screen (the square with a circle in the middle).

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Everything You Can Do With Snapchat Food Scan

After scanning something with Food Scan, Snapchatters have a few options at their disposal. The first result is a Wikipedia entry that shows a short description of the food that was scanned. The first two sentences are displayed directly on Snapchat, but if someone wants a more detailed explanation, tapping “More Info” brings up the full Wikipedia entry. Below is a selection of recommended recipes, all of which contain the foods you scanned. Each recipe shows a small photo, a description of the dish, a five-star rating, and how long it takes to prepare. If you decide to make one of the recipes, just tap on it to see the full instructions on the Allrecipes website. You can view it in the built-in Snapchat browser or tap on the three dots in the upper right corner to see a couple of other controls, including the ability to open the recipe in your preferred browser app or share it with a friend.

What’s especially impressive about Food Scan is how extensive it is. Snapchat says it can recognize over 1,200 ingredients, and when using them, it recommends over 4,500 different recipes (all from Allrecipes). This is likely not something that most users will use every day, but it is a nice feature to keep in mind at times when it might come in handy. Do you come across an ingredient that you are not sure what to do with? Get out your phone, open Snapchat, scan it, and start cooking.

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