News – “A Look Back at 2017’s Biggest Food Trends” – Some could say 2017 was a year of politics, confusion, shock, and uncertainty. But a poke at Google Trends data shows that in the food world at least, there were many opportunities to escape the commotion that was the rest of living in 2017. That is: If Americans were looking for a release, they found it in food. A look at this year’s top food trends shows the country’s hunger for the diverse, the magical, the nostalgic, and the euphoric. Here are 2017’s top food trends, according to the Internet:

Jamaican cuisine

Jamaican-inspired menus have been growing in popularity over the last few years, but 2017 was the cuisine’s breakout year. As Eater reported, this might be due to the growing number of chefs who, in an effort to make the island’s food more familiar and accessible to Americans, have been fusing Jamaican flavors with other international cuisines like Latin and Korean. Google Trends data shows search interest for “Jamaican food” and “Caribbean food near me” were high in 2016, but even more so throughout 2017.

Soft serve

Earlier in the year, Eater predicted the summer of 2017 would be the summer of edible raw cookie dough, but Google search interest data proved that despite the slew of raw dough parlor openings this year, people were not that interested in searching for it. Instead, soft serve, the cold ice cream-ish dessert, saw a huge boost in search interest. It makes sense: Eater revealed the economical treat has been popping up on restaurant menus all summer, appearing to be the “it” item for dessert counters and tasting menus alike.

I definitely love that Jamaican food is trending  upward because 1. It’s fucking delicious 2. Chefs are experimenting and fusing all sorts of deliciousness together…so the future can only be lit.

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