It’s never been more fun to eat, as foodies across the world are using innovation to take food and drink to new heights.
RELATED: THREE FOOD TRENDS FOR 2015
Some trends tend to stick around awhile (like anything that has to do with bacon), while others fade away, never to be seen or heard from again (anyone remember Taco Bell’s “Mountain Dew A.M.,” a disgusting mix of Mountain Dew and OJ? … we didn’t think so).
Here are a few hot, new food trends in 2015 and the entrepreneurs behind them, leading the charge:
Believe it or not, there are restaurants popping up with just one focus – pudding. One such pudding-centered shop is Puddin’ NYC. Puddin’ serves up its own spin on the childhood treat, along with pudding-filled cakes, frozen pops and fresh-basked cookies.
A michelada is a Mexican beer-based cocktail that incorporates lime juice and assorted sauces, spices and peppers. At the casual taqueria, Empellon Al Pastor in New York, Chef Alex Stupak dedicates an entire page to the michelada, several of which are designed by chefs like Andy Ricker and Andrew Zimmerman, whose El Chambovaca contains chipotle-spiked tomato juice, beef broth, Dulce Vida 100 Reposado and Tecate.
Marijuana is now legal in four states and Washington D.C. and medical marijuana in another 20. TheCannabisChef.com is the ultimate go-to resource for cooking with cannabis. It’s filled with sweet and savory recipes, drink recipes and tutorials – all centered around cannabis.
Blue Hill Yogurt has created a line of yogurt flavored with carrot, tomato, sweet potato, red beet, butternut squash and parsnip. You can either eat Blue Hill’s vegetable yogurt just as you would any yogurt, or add it as an ingredient to a home-cooked dish or as a condiment.
U-Be-Livin-Smart introduced a healthy candy called Pocket Treats, a deliciously fruity treats are blended with protein, seven superfruits and extra virgin olive oil for balanced nutrition… with no refined sugars, gelatins or other junk.
Smoked Brown Sugar
The Smoked Olive specializes in smoked olive oils, a perfect complement to a wide array of foods – from meats to seafood to vegetables to eggs. Their newest creation? Smoked brown sugar, with a hint of whiskey and chile flavors, to spice up your favorite savory and sweet recipes.
Mike’s Hot Honey is a chili pepper-infused honey and is a delicious pairing with a wide variety of foods including pizza, chicken, ribs, biscuits, salads, fruits, cheeses and even ice cream. Also useful in cocktails and marinades, Mike’s Hot Honey is a dynamic condiment made with the heat-lover in mind.
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