2013 Trends: Snacks and Desserts

Every new year, lists of new food trends seem to come from all angles, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up.

So, here is a list of 6 trends expected to be big in 2013:

Popcorn:

Already a popular snack, popcorn has been named the snack of the year, and is being revamped in new ways. Chocolate covered popcorn and caramel corn are still treats, but expect more fancy stuff this year – like Campari-Infused Popcorn, Bacon Caramel Popcorn or Popcorn Crème Brulee. Try making a popcorn cake at home, or even substituting white chocolate with dark for an even sweeter treat.

Mini desserts:

Mini cookies, mini cupcakes, bite-size brownies, and baby cakes – they seem to be everywhere and they are here to stay, at least for now. Try making a smaller version of your favorite desserts.

Homemade snacks:

Many of us already do, but more people are expected to get into the trend of making their snacks at home, instead of buying them at the store. And artisan/home-made ice cream is on the list of trending desserts for this year. If you feel like getting creative, you can invest in an ice cream maker, and try recreating your favorite ice cream flavors.

Combining sweet and savory:

Salted chocolate caramels have been around for a few years, and while it may not seem like a savory dessert, it’s just an example of how chefs are recreating classic desserts by making “dinner” ingredients prominent in them. So next time you want to try a new recipe, go all out and make a savory dessert – using spices like thyme and sage, with vegetables and even meats, you make find a new favorite dessert for your efforts.

Ethnic Inspired desserts:

Asian flavors are expected to be a big part of American comfort food menus this year, right down to desserts. Mexican influences are also expected to be seen in desserts, so look out for them at restaurants, bakeries, and cafes.

Healthier desserts:

The popularity of healthier dessert options is riding with more customers demanding more natural desserts free of artificial sweeteners and additives. Try out a gluten-free recipe (also big this year), or substitute honey for sugar in things like bread.

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