After spending 2020 baking bread and ordering our weight in Nashville hot chicken, we spent 2021, well, doing more of the same: leveling up our bread-making skills, buying a cast iron skillet (or two), and learning how to make Michelin-worthy meals right at home (thanks to far-from-intimidating recipes by Ina Garten, Martha Stewart and more). Over this past year, we also embraced our own, respective cultures through food — also known as heritage cooking. It was an experimental — and educational — year, to say the least, and next year won’t be any different.
According to food experts, the 2022 food trends not only include learning how to craft elaborate cakes, but we’ll also continuing the heritage cooking trend by embracing our roots through food. We’re also embracing an array of spices, like chutney, chamoy and chicory; improving on our gut health via postbiotics; experimenting with different types of charcuterie boards; and more.
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Cronuts, who? In 2022, South Korean-based croffles will be all the rage, per Yelp.
“Yelpers are always on the lookout for the newest in food innovations, and croffles bring together two breakfast favorites: croissants and waffles,” Yelp Trend Expert Tara Lewis tells SheKnows. “Naturally, this hybrid treat stirred up a lot of excitement when it popped up on the food scene, and people looked to Yelp to find where to try this croissant-waffle mash-up.”
According to Yelp’s “The Food & Dining Trends of 2022” report, searches are up more than 1,500 percent. Not far behind? Searches for calic bread, a garlic and cheese sourdough (up more than 1,200 percent).
Charcuterie boards, but make them bite-size — and boozy
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Charcuterie boards are going nowhere in 2022. Instead, ALDI predicts we’ll see six big charcuterie trends next year, including melted cheese boards (think fondue pots), wellness boards (like vegan, dairy-free and plant-based boards), kid-friendly boards (fruits and veggies, please!), reimagined salad bars (a.k.a. veggie-loaded boards), pickle platters (including pickled veggies and fruits), and French fries boards. But our favorite charcuterie trend has to be the wine-paired mini charcuterie boards.
According to ALDI’s charcuterie board expert, Sarah Tracey (sommelier and founder of The Lush Life), mini boards should feature ingredients that pair perfectly with your favorite bottle of wine. Her favorite is pinot noir.
“Since this is a lighter red, I stuck with semi-soft, milder cheeses and more delicate meats that won’t overpower the wine,” Tracey tells us.
Afternoon tea = the new happy hour
Per Pinterest, more people will replace post-work cocktails with afternoon tea next year. Not only are searches for “tea party aesthetic” and “drinking tea pose” climbing across all age groups, but searches for “vintage tea party” and butterfly pea tea are also up by 70 percent.
“Drinking tea isn’t new, but I’m starting to see tea time as a whole mood this year,” food blogger Between Spoonfuls tells Pinterest. “You plan a date around pastel strawberry milk tea or splurge a little more for the teddy bear-shaped glass bottles. It’s about more than just sipping tea now.”
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