The words “dining hall” and “delicious” don’t tend to be used in the same sentence. Whenever I used to see those vats of egg beaters in the cafeteria on Sunday mornings, I’d cringe. Yet, I’d hesitantly order an omelette anyway, because who knew what they actually put in those sausage links. My guess? Something way more toxic.

While we’re whining over all those pre-heated snacks and carbonated beverages, however, students across Greater Boston are whipping up wellness drinks, homemade ice cream and gluten-free popcorn. Salivating yet? Because we know we are.

Everywhere from Harvard to Northeastern, students are building companies designed to challenge the food and beverage industry and shake up not only what we eat, but how we eat it. Here are eight companies looking to put your taste buds to the test.