cnbc.com – Last summer Instagram was filled with mouth-watering pictures of edible cookie dough, rolled ice cream and frozen rose. While these treats will likely still be on the menu this summer, they’ll be joined by some newer dishes.
This summer, diners are craving sweeter treats, more robust flavors and diverse culinary adventures.
Social media remains one of the biggest drivers of these new trends, as shareable photos of quirky colored ice cream and carefully arranged acai bowls have dared diners to test these dishes out themselves and share their experiences with their followers and friends.
However, others are looking to explore new flavor profiles, Nancy Kelly Weimer, a food consultant for the natural food industry, told CNBC.
Here’s a look at 9 delectable food trends to test out this summer:
This Hawaiian specialty has cruised to the mainland and is quickly spreading across the U.S. Traditional poke, pronounced “po-kay,” is cubed, fresh seafood (often raw ahi tuna or cooked octopus) mixed with soy sauce, green onions and sesame oil and served over rice.
Poke is cropping up everywhere, Weimer said. New iterations outside of the traditional poke bowl include wraps, salads and large pieces of sushi.PokeWorks
Improving digestive health is a huge trend in 2018, Weimer said. In the last year, a number of companies promoted apple cider vinegar tonics as homeopathic remedies and a cure-all for everything from acne to hangovers.
There are already a number of products on the market that are rich in probiotics and micro-organisms and aim to support digestive and immune health. Expect to see more of these gut-healthy food items throughout the year.
Tempeh, miso and kimchi are also likely to be added to menus across the restaurant industry as more consumers seek out their healthful benefits.
On the cob
Street festivals are a great place to try new and unique foods that you might not traditionally see on a restaurant menu. A trendy item hitting local fairs is elote, or Mexican corn, Kara Nielsen, the vice president of trends and marketing at CCD Innovation, told CNBC.
These ears of corn are roasted and covered in mayonnaise, sour cream, crema and spices and eaten by hand. So, grab some napkins before you chow down.
This is one of the most 2018 articles…hell maybe in 2019 articles I’ve read and I think I just went cross eyed reading it. Take a pic of something delicious, think of a witty caption, post said picture damnit. It isn’t rocket science, well to some maybe it is.