Hot Topics & Trends: 10 Things You Should Know

November 24, 2014
Beverage Dessert Flavor Fruit Ingredients Snacks Trends Vegetables


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1. On-The-Go
Top five on-the-go snacks honored by the Cooking Light 2014 Taste Test Awards: Clif Mojo Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Trail Mix Bar, Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn, Stonyfield Organic Nonfat Strawberry Greek Yogurt, Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds and Justin’s Chocolate-Hazelnut Butter 80-Calorie Packs. 


2. Pie
Pies are popping up everywhere this month, just in time for the holiday season. Flavors include Bacon Apple, Caramel Walnut, Dutch Apple Pear Raisin, Sweet Potato, Sour Cherry & Cranberry, Apple Blackberry, Strawberry Pretzel and Green Chile Apple and Ginger Pear Apricot.


3. Quince
Quince are in season. Astringent, fragrant and tart with pear and apple notes, this fruit is traditionally popular for jams, jellies and preserves. Pinterest shows spread recipes featuring quince including Spiced Quince Jam, Pear-Quince Butter and Quince Chutney, as well as several dessert recipes like Quince Almond Cake, Quince & Fig Cobbler and Quince & Vanilla Sorbet.


4. Exotic Mushrooms
Exotic mushroom varieties offer unique flavors: Nameko have an earthy, fruity flavor. Pioppini are intense with peppery notes. Chanterelle have a nutty, sweet flavor. Maitake contain notes of roasted chicken. Lobster resemble a seafood-like sweetness, and King Trumpet are buttery, sweet and meaty.
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5. Organic
Organic fruits and veggies can significantly boost your overall health, according to Prevention. All-organic diets deliver the antioxidants of two extra servings of fruits and veggies daily. Organic produce contains 20-40% more disease-fighting antioxidants which can help boost heart health, protect skin from the sun and decrease muscle pain. 


6. Camouflage
Dessert spotting: camouflage-decorated sweets. Baskin-Robbins’ Camo Ice Cream and Camo Waffle Cone and Duff Goldman Camouflage Premium Cake Mix launched earlier this fall. In 2013 Jelly Belly launched Camo Beans (with flavors inspired by the colors of nature) and the following February expanded the line to include Pink Camo Beans. 


7. Soothing Sips
Functional beverage recipes to keep you calm this winter: Chaos-Calming Tea made with chamomile and apple can relieve stress and promote calm sleeping. Heart-Healthy Smoothie combines banana and pumpkin boasting a large dose of potassium to keep blood pressure balanced. Pain-Fighting Cooler contains herbs (like mint and lemon) to fight aching pains and keep you hydrated and energized.
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8. Cocktails in a Bottle
High-end cocktails all bottled up. Craft House Cocktails launched a line of pre-bottled cocktails inspired by classic favorites. Flavors include Moscow Mule featuring Organic Ginger Beer and real cane sugar, Paloma featuring homemade ginger soda and tequila from Mexico and South Side featuring Small Batch White Wheat Gin and lime.  | Crafthousecocktails.com


9. Snack Time
Mini meals are gaining in popularity with 21% of consumers eating on-the-go snacks and 28% saying they eat four or five smaller meals daily. In the last year, there have been more than 250 new product launches with an on-the-go claim. 
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10. Natural Products
Popular new products flying off the shelves at your natural foods market: EatPastry Vegan Cookie Dough, Beanfield Nacho Vegan Chips, Califia Farms Original Amond Milk and Sweet & Sara Vegan Marshmallows.
| Vegetarian Times


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