Every Monday on her YouTube channel, food trends expert Dana McCauley gives us the lowdown on the trends that are happening in the food world. Stop by FBC on Tuesdays for a little extra insight from Dana on how you as a food blogger can use this information in your work! This summer, Dana is running her Summer Flavour Forecast highlighting some of the flavour trends you can expect to see playing out this fall and into the new year!
Welcome to 2015, the year of the cocktail flavoured everything. While the idea of taking cocktail flavours such as Pina Colada and translating them into recipes for decadent desserts isn’t new, there’s never been as many ways to indulge in these flavours as there is this year.
While the appeal is obvious for adults who like the scents and flavours of their favourite cocktails to want them in non-alcoholic but still indulgent formats, what’s interesting to me is that many of the new products being created seem particularly appealing to children. We agreed as a society that candy cigarettes were a no-no but now lollipops and jelly beans with cocktail flavours and bubble baths with cocktail scents are readily available to prime the palates of young people for these adult flavours.
Perhaps I’m taking my concerns too far. What do you think? Should these cocktail flavoured foods come with an age warning?
Dana McCauley is a seasoned marketing executive with extensive experience in all facets of the food business and a track record of taking ideas from concept to kitchen to commercialization. Recently Dana launched a YouTube channel called Food Trends TV. Weekly on Food Trends TV she examines current food trends in her own original videos; daily she curates great quality food trend content created by others in the Playlist section. Dana is a recovering cookbook author, blogger and food trend correspondent for morning shows such as Breakfast Television and Canada AM. Follow @DanaMccauley on Twitter for daily insights about her dog and for breaking news about what she’s making for dinner.