Consumers will be looking for “bolder gutsier flavors” and unpredictable flavor combinations this year, according to Comax Flavors.
The New York-based firm, which has unveiled its flavor trend predictions for this year, says the “most telling trend is toward intensity and experimentation, boldness and clout”.
It adds: “What that means is unusual pairings, unpredictable and unlikely combinations that deliver enhanced mouthfeel and more impactful flavor 'pop', while delivering artisanal / heirloom/ homegrown quality and uniqueness.”
Herb Appeal uses herbs with fruits to give a “sweet, punchy flavor lift”:
• Peach Basil Black Tea
• Peppered Apple Bacon
• Chili Ginger Lime
• Cardamom Pear Berry
Duets are fusions of flavors combining warmth and sweetness:
• Butterscotch Coffee Crunch
• Maple Bitters
• Dolce de Leche Buttered Rum
• Flan de Nuez
A Smooth Finish consists of flavors that add a sweet 'pop' and satisfying mouthfeel:
• Pistachio Almond Cream
• Pink Cherry Marshmallow
• Black Russian Cappuccino
• Dark Chocolate Bourbon Truffle
The trends were developed by Comax's Culinary Trend Exchange, a group of culinary specialists working in the food and beverage industries including chefs, mixologists, culinary influencers, culinary school alumni, authors and food experts.