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8 Food and Drink Trends to Feast Your Eyes On in 2018

By / January 19, 2018
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Sure, 2017 may have been an appetizing year filled with soft serve, avocado toast, and creative doughnuts, but we have some good news. It looks like 2018 is shaping up to be just as promising, considering a new wave of delicious crazes and the fact that doughnuts just keep getting more and more exciting. Keep your eyes peeled for these 8 food and drink trends and get your taste buds ready to experience a whole new year of awesome flavors.

 

Thai-Rolled Ice Cream

While soft serve and ube ice cream were all the rage last year, this year will be all about a new cool dessert trend that started making the rounds in places like New York City and Los Angeles toward the end of 2017. This sweet treat is exactly what it sounds like: hand-rolled ice cream shaped like sushi that’s packed into a cup and covered with any assortment of toppings. Meet your new favorite addiction.

 

Boulevardier Cocktail

Last year, everyone and their mother was into ordering the negroni, that magical mix of gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. If you’re still into the Campari thing, give this year’s cool new cocktail on the block a try. You may want to practice saying the complicated word out loud a couple of times first (BOOL-AH-VARD-EE-AY), but take our word for it and order a Boulevardier, made up of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Campari.

 

Croissushi

While this mouth-watering hybrid of a trend has so far only popped up in LA thanks to its inventors at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it spreads to more cities, and quickly. Inspired by the most popular of both Japanese and French cuisines, the croissushi is what Mr. Holmes Bakehouse actually calls a “California Croissant” and involves exactly what you would expect: a croissant topped with sesame seeds and filled with smoked salmon, wasabi, pickled ginger, and nori seaweed, with Kikkoman soy sauce served on the side for dipping.

 

Microdistilleries

Drinking locally produced liquors started becoming a thing in recent years with the rise of the craft movement, but we think it’s safe to say that the actual craze is here, and here to stay. With small batches of gin, whiskey, vodka, rum, and more being produced in both cities and suburbs around the country, it’s comforting to see alcohol lovers supporting small businesses and looking for unique finds.

 

Mocktails

No matter what city you live in, there’s no shame in staying away from booze, especially with so many places on board with catering to dry lifestyles. We’ve rounded up the best spots to get your hands on non-alcoholic beverages in LA, San Francisco, Chicago, NYC, Philadelphia, Miami, and Washington D.C., so cheers to living healthier, yet still delectable lives.

 

Floral Flavors

Get ready for a year of lavender, rose, elderflower, and hibiscus flavors to help brighten up our days and nights with their sweet tastes and aromas. From lattes to cocktails to teas, and even with actual flower petals being used in dishes, this year is certainly going to be in full bloom almost everywhere you look.

 

Plant-Based Foods

The vegetarian and vegan diet has only continued to gain popularity as more people say goodbye to meat and hello to alternative forms of protein created through technology. Plant-based ingredients like tofu, tempeh, and quinoa, as well as nut-based products, will continue to pop up as the core ingredients in milk, yogurt, desserts, meals, and more.

 

Unique Doughnut Fillings

Creative doughnuts isn’t a brand-spanking new trend, but the popularity of boutique doughnut shops and innovative flavors across the country is only gaining steam. Take, for instance, the Pear Clove flavor at Du’s Donuts in NYC or the Snickers-filled doughnuts at LA’s Cafe Dulce. We certainly live in weird, but sweet and amazing times. Who knows what sort of doughnuts will exist by the time we reach 2019?

 

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Melanie is a Jersey girl who now calls Brooklyn home. She’s written for Fuse TV, MTV News, Interview Magazine and more, and enjoys creating content that informs, inspires and entertains people. She’s passionate about music, running, cheese and dachshunds, and her husband fully accepts her love affair with NYC.

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