Food trends and culinary delights of the future were revealed at the 54th Fancy Food Show took place in New York City in 2008 where over 2,400 exhibitors shared their cornucopia of flavors for the adventurous palate. Some unique finds included strawberry and pomegranate reduction sauces, sparkling tea and aloe chutney. Here are some of the top trends that could be making their way to the gourmet food aisle in 2009:
DAS Foods showcased their selection of delectable caramels infused with exotic ingredients including chai spices, orange flavoring and hints of ginger and pistachio. While truffles and dark chocolate continue to tickle the gourmet foodie’s palate, caramels are becoming the next gifting food that will also may be worthy of a tasting party.
Exotic Brownie Infusions
Individually wrapped miniature brownies and ‘brownie bites’ are the perfect treat for every dessert and chocolate lover, and 2009 calls for some exotic infusions. Mari’s Brownies of New York presented a lineup of tasty treats that included Thai Coffee, Coconut and Blonde Bombshell bite-sized treats in a baton box for a quick pick-me up. Keep an eye out for similar collections at your favorite bakery.
Premade sauces in pouches and sealed bags have already hit supermarket shelves so that anyone can throw together a chef-inspired meal without simmering veggies and spices. Now, pesto will be entering the lineup so you can enjoy that pesto pizza or pasta dish with a fresh basil flavor. The resealable pouches mean you can use and store the base for up to a month, and use small portions to enhance the flavor of almost any dish.
Flavored Soda for Adults
Fentimans Curiosity Cola earned mass appeal at the Fancy Food Show, a carbonated elixir made with guarana, ginger and natural herbal extracts for an extra ‘kick.’ The cola is made by a UK-based company that also bottles Victorian Lemonade, Shandy, and the famous Seville Orange Jigger. Look for more tonics and elixirs made with herbal ingredients in 2009.
If you’re an avid tea drinker, be prepared to ditch the bagged tea in favor of tea ‘sticks’ and green tea mints to get your caffeine fix. Petit Tea made an appearance at the food show to showcase its premium teas packed in disposable tea sticks that sit in the cup and strain the tea in one simple step. These convenient sticks are a must for on-the-go tea drinkers looking for the perfect cuppa.
Frozen Ethnic Entrees
Frozen foods with international flavor are already cropping up at supermarkets and Whole Foods stores around the country, but more chefs will be jumping on board in 2009 to offer a medley of choices. You’ll soon be able to find spice-infused burgers, pre-fried appetizers and tantalizing desserts in the frozen food section, or purchase them directly from ethnic food grocers online.