I came across this website for McCormick, the flavor people and in December 2008, they predicted some vivid new flavorful explosions.
I wonder how many flavor trends are coming to fruition three months into the year? I get Chinese 5-spice powder and artisan cured pork but the oddball combo of root beer and sesame (PDF) leaves me perplexed. Each flavor sensation comes with a recipe.
What’s missing is how McCormick comes up with these combinations. Is this some kind of foodie think tank? Can I come next year? I have visions of a whole bunch of chefs and execs sitting around picking out flavors from a hat deciding what might work and what might go away and what could be the runaway sensation of the year.
If you have the inside story, please let us know.
What do you think about these flavor collisions?