Here’s the great thing about food: the sky’s the limit. There are so many different combinations of flavours and textures and appearances and techniques that you can create with edible ingredients that you can virtually create a whole new universe with food.
As with all great innovations, people are always on the lookout for the next big thing when it comes to food—you know, that food innovation that will have people lining up around the block for hours just to try. Remember the great craze that was cronuts a few years ago?
Well, these five food trends from all over the world might not be the “next big thing” but they sure did make our list of the Top 5 Insane Food Trends of 2015.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Burger
Amazingly, the lovechild of two American food loves: the salty, juicy burger, and the sweet treat the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup isn’t the brainchild of an American, but the product of a Canadian fast food chain called The Works. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Burger is exactly what it sounds like: a juicy burger stuffed with pieces of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Of course, there’s still a very Western touch of crispy onion rings and slices of smoked bacon nestled right in there with the chocolate and beef. It’s like an updated version of Elvis’ peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwich, but with the goodness of beef and crispy onion rings added as well.
Take your regular, old dessert sandwich and give it a new Asian twist by putting your sweet filling in the middle of a fluffy bao, and you’ve got the Baonana Split. Traditionally, bao buns are used to hold savoury fillings such as pork, chicken, or duck, but this sweet twist takes bao out of the appetizer category and places it smack dab in the middle of dessert country.
Technically, it’s not really an ice-cream sandwich because of the lack of actual ice-cream, but when you’ve got a medley of cream, hazelnut chocolate, strawberry syrup, whipped cream, and a cherry on top (of course!), who needs ice-cream, anyway?
In the USA and Canada, legal battles are still being waged on whether or not medical marijuana will be legalized in all places, but you might be able to experience marijuana in other forms; namely, on your plate. In places such as Washington, D.C., and Oregon, there are aspiring foodies who are bringing cannabis into their culinary repertoires.
And we’re not just talking about your everyday cookies and brownies either. Cannabis oils and cannabis products are being used for cocktails, desserts, and even cold-pressed coffee!
While eating insects might not be that strange in many Eastern cultures, where millions of people commonly eat insects as a source of protein, this kind of trend is only recently being accepted and explored in the West. More and more restaurants in the USA and Canada are using insects to cook – from grasshopper tacos, to ant guacamole, and even chocolate-covered crickets for dessert.
When you really think about it, insects might the food of the future. Farming insects takes up only a fraction of resources and space that traditional livestock farming requires, and you can get a lot more protein, vitamins, and minerals from insects compared to conventional meats such as chicken, pork, or beef.
Yes, people are actually using charcoal as an ingredient in food, rather than just a way to cook food. One of the biggest juice chains in the USA, NYC’s Juice Generation, is using activated charcoal as one of the main ingredients in their Charcoal Lemonade.
Strangely enough, there are actually several health benefits that one can get from ingesting activated charcoal. It helps alleviate bloating and indigestion, as well as helps treats hangovers and even alcohol poisoning. Some people even claim to use it as a part of a digestive cleanse.
So, what do you think of these food trends? Do they make your mouth water, or your tummy turn? Let us know!