I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always the trendiest. When I see something I like, I want it to stick around, regardless of whether it’s trending or not.
2016 has been a year of photo-friendly decadence and I’ve loved every minute of it. Naturally, I don’t want to say good bye so here are my top food trends of 2016 that I hope will last through the fall and into the New Year.
It seems that every summer, s’mores make an appearance at campfires around America, reminding us of how much we love the pairing of toasted marshmallow and chocolate between two slabs of graham cracker. This year however, the ‘s’mores’ craze seems to have gotten amplified. All of a sudden, s’mores is a flavor option for just about anything. S’mores milkshake? I’ve got you covered. S’mores cheese ball? Don’t worry, got that too. S’mores dip? I don’t think I need to tell you that it’s out there.
I won’t dwell on this one because anyone who is on Instagram has likely seen these pop up in their feed in the past year. I think I speak for everyone when I say that going back to regular milkshakes after a year of eating milkshakes out of mason jars that have been dipped in chocolate and topped with donuts will be nearly impossible. If you want to give the trend a try, start small before attempting to make milkshakes at Black Tap’s level. I haven’t been to New York in five years but Black Tap’s Instagram account has me thinking I need to book a trip ASAP.
On the savory side of the spectrum, I’ve loved seeing burrata pop up on more and more menus. Whoever thought to stuff mozzarella with ricotta is a genius. It’s just the right balance of creamy and solid to transform even the most simple caprese salad. Cheese isn’t exactly revolutionary as far as trends go but I love seeing something I’ve been eating for years, get the attention it deserves. What’s next, grilled halloumi? A girl can dream.
Frosé, also known as frozen rose, is usually some type of beverage of a slushy consistency made with frozen rose as a base. Pretty genius right? I had a slushy mimosa during Mardi Gras a few years ago, which I thought was my favorite type of slushy. Then I discovered the watermelon frosé. Sorry frozen mimosa, I’ve moved on.
What 2016 food trends are you holding on to?