2023 Food Trend Predictions
What food trends will emerge in 2023?Flavor experts, chefs, and professional trendspotters have laid out some of 2023’s food highlights and they include:
- Flavor mashups (think: sweet and salty, sweet and sour, etc.)
- Fermented flavors
- Street food inspiration
- Nostalgic eats
Flavors to Watch Out for in 2023Let’s break down the above food profiles and discover what flavors we’re expecting to see more of in 2023.
What Flavors Are Trending?
Flavor MashupsBuilding on 2022’s flavor trends, people are expected to continue looking for even more complex flavors and interesting combinations. This means lots of “mix and match” style foods, which some call the “Sweet Plus” trend. One popular combination will continue to be the sweet plus heat trend which pairs spiciness from chili-like peppers with sweetness. It’s reported that there was a 138% increase in spicy flavors on bakery menus across the board. Experts note the increased interest in spicy flavors is likely due to more exposure to different cuisines—which we’re totally on board with! In 2023, it’s slated that we’ll see a growing interest in sweet plus sour and sweet plus umami flavors inspired by Indonesian and Filipino cuisines. Get in on the sweet plus sour trend with our Lemon Meringue Pie Baking Kit or stick with a good ol’ sweet plus spicy recipe with our Mexican Hot Cocoa Bombes Baking Kit.
Fermented FlavorsBuilding off the sour and umami flavors mentioned above, we’re likely to see an increase in fermented flavors, since they often carry both sour and umami profiles. Some popular items we see this in are kimchi (fermented vegetables, usually cabbage), miso (fermented soybeans), pickles (fermented cucumbers), and kombucha (fermented tea). As such, we may see more inspiration derived from Asian cuisines, specifically Korean, which is known for its use of fermented vegetables. We’re already seeing umami flavors make their way into traditionally sweet things, like miso caramel lattes, miso banana bread, etc. Plus, the probiotics part of fermentation is much-desired for wellness-focused folks.
Street Food InspirationStreet foods from around the world will continue to gain traction in 2023. As people look for more diverse experiences, they’re branching out into famous street foods, from elote and banh mi to pierogies and poutine. One particular street food we’re expecting to see in 2023 is mangonada (a.k.a chamangos or chamoyadas), which are frozen beverages popular in Mexico during the hot summer months. They’re typically made with a combination of mango sorbet, fresh mango chunks, or mango puree, and accented by the spicy, salty flavors of Tajín and chamoy. We think they pair perfectly with one of the most popular Hispanic treats ever—churros! Across the Atlantic and Indian oceans comes another upcoming street food trend: chaat masala. This is a spice blend made with mango powder, cumin, coriander, ginger, salt, black pepper, asafetida, and chili powder. In North Indian cuisine, it’s a staple flavor that can be used in foods and beverages alike.
Nostalgic EatsWith Y2K style and other decades remaining trendy, so too are nostalgic flavors that remind people of their youth. This means lots of fruity, rainbow candy-type flavors. This trend is all about taking nostalgic flavors and applying them to existing offerings. For instance, funnel cake donuts or cotton candy cupcakes. In a way, it’s about making the old feel new again. Our Confetti Birthday Cake Baking Kit brings all the colorful nostalgia of 90s birthday parties right to your oven.
We’re excited to see how these 2023 flavor trends will show up in food this year. Interested in expanding your global palate? Sign up for a subscription and try our latest globally-inspired recipes.