McCormick Spices announced the 2018 flavor forecast. This year, the company predicts that top flavor profiles will be Japanese and African-infused dishes; handheld foods with unique, high profile flavors; wellness drinks; and hot pot creations.
Handheld Flavor Creations: The company said that street carts, food trucks and food halls are merging unique, high-flavor fillings with unique crepes, buns and breads. For example, McCormick noted foods like arepas, a taco-gyro hybrid, are increasing in popularity, as are dessert bao buns.
A Bite Of Africa: McCormick said that spices and blends from Tanzania and Ethiopia are making their way across the globe.
Japanese Izakaya Eats: Japanese-style small plates with bold glazes, tangy sauces and seaweed seasonings are beginning to be served up at tables around the world.
Wellness Drinks: From starting the day with a smoothie to ending it with an elixir, flavors like cucumber, dandelion greens, ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper will be the stars in these liquids.
Hot Pots: Traditionally an East Asian dish, hot pots are beginning to be infused with Mexican and Caribbean flavors for a new experience on the dining room table.
For recipe ideas and to read the flavor forecast in its entirety, visit McCormick.com.