Tasty Trends: 6 New Food Trends to Look Out for in 2023

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Whether you follow them or not, food trends tend to get people riled up. While some make sense – a concerted movement toward healthier eating, for example – other predicted trends are surprising. 

With 2023 fast approaching, we’re going to look at some of the biggest trends predicted to sweep the nation throughout the year. The list is fascinating, and we’re sure you don’t want to miss it. 

1. Kitchen Improvements

Since the pandemic, people have spent more time at home, entertaining in small groups rather than dining out among strangers. This trend continues today, with people using money they’d typically dine out with to upgrade their homes and make cooking, dining, and entertaining more convenient. 

One such improvement in the kitchen is warming drawers that keep food dishes at an optimal temperature while you tend to other tasks. Of course, this means you need pots, pans, and serving dishes that are compatible with this technology. The best non-stick ceramic cookware is perfect because it can go from the oven or stovetop into the warming drawer and then right to the table if you so desire. 

2. Mood Foods

Mood foods, or cannabis-infused foods, are gaining popularity as more and more states jump on the legalization bandwagon. While marijuana is not yet legal in all states, the trend toward cooking with cannabis to produce foods that not only taste great but also make you feel great is a popular one. As more states plan to decriminalize marijuana, we suspect this trend will become even more popular in the coming years. 

3. “Swicy” Foods

What is “swicy,” you ask? Swicy refers to the combination of sweet and spicy in a single dish. Korean cuisine is known for its many swicy foods, including chili-flavored dark chocolate, hot honey, and sweet & spicy chicken. With so many people interested in Korean cooking these days, swicy foods are a trend to watch for sure. 

4. Tinned Fish

Once considered a boring food, tinned fish is growing in popularity for its convenience, potentially earth-friendly nature, delicious flavor, and heart health benefits. A simple Google search will reveal thousands of tinned fish recipes for salmon, mackerel, mussels, and more. The results show just how fascinated people are with this 19th-century food that once only “low-brow” people ate. 

5. Plant Pasta

Plant-based foods have been around for a while, but only recently have pasta manufacturers begun making plant-based pasta. While it’s easy to add veggies to any pasta dish to make it more nutritious, pasta makers figure why not start with a vegetable and build a meal around that? 

Today’s plant-based pasta comes from carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, and even green bananas. Most of these fruits and veggies pair well with just about anything, making them the perfect vehicle for bringing more nutritious eating to the table. 

6. Mocktails

Mocktails like the Shirley Temple have been around for ages. However, this class of drink is finally getting a revival, with other alcohol-free cocktails growing in popularity. In 2023, consider trying the Virgin Cosmo, Guilt-Free Margarita, and many more. 

The push toward less alcohol in our diets may be due to the fact that people are trying hard to correct destructive behaviors they developed while in lockdown during the pandemic. Of course, it could also be that some people are just more interested in cannabis these days than alcohol. Whatever the case, expect more alcohol-free drinks on the menu in 2023. 

Every year we see trends in décor, clothing, food, and more. If you’re a foodie, the trends we’ve talked about above are sure to make your 2023 a great year. 

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