The Baking Buds Rate 2018 Food Trends

By Stephanie Kaiser and Grace Amjad

Happy 2018, Baking Buds!!! Well, we’re back for the new year and have a list of the biggest predicted food trends of 2018. We rated them based on practicality, tastiness, and outrageousness. Here’s to a year of good food, and we hope you get a chance to try some of the weirdest trends of 2018!

Plant-based diet:

  • What is it? As the name suggests, it’s when you eat foods that are plant-based rather than animal or artificial.
  • We’re not completely sure how this can be counted as a food trend, considering people have been vegetarian and vegan for years.
  • 0/5 outrageousness: Again, this isn’t a new or surprising concept.
  • 4.5/5 practicality: It doesn’t seem too difficult to shift to a plant-based diet!!
  • 5/5 taste: Very dependent on whether you do it right, but going plant-based can be super tasty!

Mushroom coffee:

  • What is it? Adding dried mushrooms that are boiled and liquefied into coffee to supposedly add nutrients to it and enhance taste.
  • 2.5/5 outrageousness: We feel like this trend was bound to happen sometime… mushrooms have that earthy taste that seasoned coffee-drinkers crave.
  • ⅖ practicality: It’s kinda pointless, and prices are sure to skyrocket.
  • 0/5 taste: We mean, really? You think mushrooms in your coffee would be good?

Fake meat:

  • What is it? Meat substitutes like soy dogs/ b spots impossible burger
  • 0/ 5 outrageousness: Not weird at all. I mean, it makes sense to come up with a more meat-like meat substitute
  • 5/ 5 practicality: Nothing too crazy about it
  • 3/ 5 taste: If you’ve been a vegetarian for awhile, it will taste like meat, but if you normally eat meat, it will not.

Edible flowers:

  • What is it? Adding edible flower petals (think calendulas, pansies, nasturtiums) as a garnish to dishes.
  • ⅕ outrageousness: Edible flowers have been around in grocery stores for a long time, so seeing them used more often wouldn’t be too strange.
  • ⅗ practicality: They add a pop of color to any dish, and they technically are edible.
  • 0.5/5: We can only imagine that it’s like biting into a bar of soap.

Pea milk:

  • What is it? Milk made from the process of milling dried yellow peas and blended with water to make a vegan, non-dairy, soy-free, gluten-free beverage.
  • ⅘ outrageousness: Truth be told, we’re not even sure how someone came up with this.
  • 2.5/5 practicality: The process seems pretty laborious, and it likely sells for more than a carton of milk or almond milk. If you happen to be completely allergic to all other forms of milk and milk-substitutes, this might be the solution.
  • ⅕ taste: Before you even try pea milk, you have to suspend your disbelief that this product even exists in this universe.

Souping (replacing Juicing):

  • What is it? Turning everything into soup.
  • Drinking soup? I’ve been doing that since 2001!
  • 0/5 outrageousness: Soup as a concept is pretty odd, but it’s been around so long that we don’t consider it as such anymore.
  • ⅘ practicality: Some soups take a long time, but throw it in a crockpot and you’re good to go!
  • 4.5/5 taste: Points off for cold soup. Cold soup is bad.

Fun tacos:

  • What is it? Switching up the fillings and shells of tacos as opposed to using traditional Latin flavors.
  • 0/5 outrageousness: We’re not sure if you’ve thought about this at all, but tacos/burritos/fajitas basically exist in every style of cooking. Sushi? Japanese burrito. Crêpes? French burrito. Even soup in a bread bowl could be considered a very weird type of taco (a shell with filling).
  • ⅗ practicality: Let’s be real, we all love tacos, but they are messy. I don’t think I’ve eaten one without at least ¼ of it falling out.
  • 5/5 taste: This is dependent on what you put in the ‘taco,’ and what wrapper/shell you use, but what’s not to love about eating anything on-the-go?

Middle Eastern food:

  • What is it? The food people in the Middle East have always eaten.
  • We’re not completely sure how this can be counted as a food trend, because people have literally always been eating this type of food .
  • 0/5 outrageousness: This is a normal diet.
  • 5/5 practicality: People cook and eat this every day, forever.
  • 5/5 taste: Very dependent on whether or not you like Middle Eastern food, but there’s something for everyone!

Pacific Islander food:

  • What is it? Food that Pacific Islanders eat.
  • See “Middle Eastern Food”

“Competitive Dining”:

  • What is it? Essentially, it’s a competition to see which chef can create the most ridiculous, unexpected meals possible over several rounds.
  • 5/5 outrageousness: This is the definition of outrageous. These chefs are making this food with the sole purpose of making it as inventive and Insta-worthy as possible – what’s more outrageous than that?
  • 0/5 practicality: The dishes produced by over-eager chefs have got to take a lot of time, money, and concentration. Not exactly something you’d want to slap together for dinner on a school night.
  • ?/5 taste: Testing out new flavors and combinations might create the best meal of your life, but sometimes, culinary risks just don’t pay off.

Earl grey tea:

  • What is it? Infusing foods (like donut cream or cupcakes) with the flavors of earl grey tea.
  • Putting tea into things isn’t new, but we’ll let earl grey have its time in the spotlight.
  • ⅖ outrageousness: Seeming like the more muted version of the matcha-craze of 2016/17, the results of experimenting with earl grey can be innovative but not over the top.
  • 3.5/5 practicality: The process of infusing foods with tea can’t be hard, but just think of all the tea that you could be drinking instead!
  • 5/5 taste: That is, if you like earl grey tea. Which we do.

Goth food:

  • What is it? The other side of the unicorn food trend: making everything as dark and edgy as possible. I’m sure you’ve seen charcoal ice cream by now, so think along those lines.
  • ⅘ outrageousness: We understand the desire for aesthetic appeal, but just like unicorn Frappuccinos, the hype will die down pretty quick.
  • ⅘ practicality: We imagine that making ‘goth food’ mostly involves black food dye, which really takes little-to-no effort. Points off for major tooth-stain potential.
  • 2.5/5 taste: The flavor of goth food changes a dish-by-dish basis. Goth ice cream might be a win, but we wouldn’t be able to get over the looks of a pitch-black lemonade enough to happily drink it.

“Equality”:

  • What is it? Idk, I haven’t seen it yet.
  • I don’t know how this is a food trend, just kind of a concept? That we should all strive to reach?
  • 5/5 outrageousness: You can’t eat an idea.
  • 5/5 practicality: Hmm… that’d be nice.
  • 5/5 taste: Ah, yes, the sweet taste of justice.

See the rest of the predicted trends here:

https://www.eater.com/2018/1/2/16808664/restaurant-food-drink-predictions-2018