Flavor Trends for 2015

PicMonkey FF2CollageMcCormick & Company released its annual Flavor Forecast report that identifies 8 flavor trends to watch, which are pictured above.  Here’s a look at the 2015 flavor trends, with links to recipes representing each trend:

Global Blends On the Move – Japanese 7 Spice (Shichimi Togarashi) offers a new kind of spicy heat, while Shawarma Spice Blend lends warm, spiced flavor to grilled meats and more. Chicken Shawarma Wrap, Japanese 7 Spice Blend
Middle Eastern Mezze – These distinctive dips and spreads, packed with zesty herbs and seasonings, offer an approachable and delicious introduction to a vibrant global cuisine. Garlic Pepper Labneh
Sour + Salt – Combining coarse salt with surprising sours like pickled ginger, sour cherry, dried mango and lemon zest results in a lively finishing flavor that lends brightness and texture to dishes. Pickled Ginger, Green Tea and Chile Salt
Smoked Spices – Smoking spices and herbs deepens their flavor and aroma, adding richness to meals and drinks. Deviled Eggs with Smoked Creole Mustard
Umami Veggies – For a fresh way to savor the tempting “fifth taste,” look no further than naturally umami-rich veggies like mushrooms, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and nori. Umami Vegetable Saute
Liquid Revolution – Fresh purees and juices blend with bold spices and herbs to intensify sauces, pasta, dressings and more – providing a fun, delicious way to enjoy an extra serving of fruits and veggies. Spiced Shrimp with Roasted Corn Puree, Plum Sauce and Farro
Flavor Worth the Wait – Lift the lid to discover the rich flavors from recipes around the world that meld aromatic spices and comforting ingredients into mouthwatering slow- cooked meals. Spiced Chicken Tagine
Cookies Reimagined – Classic spiced cookie flavors take new form in decadent, imaginative desserts that redefine “milk and cookies.” Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Tart with Cinnamon and Peanut Crust
You can learn more by visiting FlavorForecast.com and pinterest.com/mccormickspice for recipes, images and more ways to explore this year’s top tastes. {Disclosure:  McCormick & Co. is a client.}
Comax Flavors, a provider of flavors to the food and beverage industry,  also identified flavor trends for 2015.  The trends were divided into four groups, each featuring five different flavors:
Melting Pot
Za’atar (image courtesy of Drew Dies on flickr)
Brigadeiros (Brazilian Chocolate Bon Bon)

Butterscotch Curry
Cherry Yuzu
Sriracha Maple
In a Nutshell
Almond Rose Shortbread
Bourbon Caramel Pistachio
Pecan Chipotle
Pumpkin Praline Fudge
Vanilla Walnut Fig
Coffee House
Cabernet Espresso
Cinnamon Brew
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Breakfast Anytime
Chicken and Waffles
Honey Banana Oatmeal
Savory Butter
S’mores Pancakes
Strawberry Coconut Milk



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