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Flavour trends for 2012

Salted caramel is predicted to have the biggest impact on the food and beverage industry in 2012, says a new flavours and fragrances report released this week.

india Updated: Dec 28, 2011 02:26 IST

Salted caramel is predicted to have the biggest impact on the food and beverage industry in 2012, says a new flavours and fragrances report released this week. Salted caramel is predicted to have the biggest impact on the food and beverage industry in 2012, says a new flavours and fragrances report released this week.

In a wide-sweeping report by Bell Flavors & Fragrances, an international company of flavourists and perfumists identified salty caramel as the flavour trend of the year next year. It’s not hard to see why the flavour combination topped their food trends report, given its fast-rising popularity in retail stores and restaurants.

Coffee giant Starbucks, for instance, offers salted caramel mochas and hot chocolates, as well as salted caramel squares. This month, British domestic goddess Nigella Lawson dedicated a full essay on her latest food obsession, and waxed poetic about her love affair with the sweet, salty caramel, even allowing herself to be slathered in the sauce for a cover of Stylist magazine, published from UK.

Korean, Cajun and Greek cuisine are likewise predicted to emerge as major food trends next year. The Bell report echoes the predictions of restaurant consultancy group Baum + Whiteman, which also proclaimed Kimchi — the spicy red fermented cabbage which is a staple in Korean cuisine — as the food ingredient of 2012 in their November report.

The flavours of Cajun cuisine, meanwhile, have long been popularised by celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse and John Besh, and are predicted to become increasingly mainstream, while the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are also driving growing interest in the flavours of the Greek diet.

Sweet FlavoUrs
1. Salty Caramel
2. Red Velvet
3. Strawberry Jasmine
4. Cinnamon Chipotle
5. EucalyptuS
6. Taro/Sweet Potato
7. Roasted Coconut
8. Café de Olla
9. Lúcuma
10. White Sesame

SavoUry FlavoUrs
1. White Truffle Oil
2. Kimchi
3. Absinthe
4. Calamansi Lime
5. Rich Umami
6. Rose Water
7. Aged Cayenne Pepper
8. Satsuma Orange
9. Mirin
10. Romesco