Thursday, January 12, 2012

It's Here - McCormick Global Flavor Forecast for 2012

The McCormick Flavor Forecast has been a yearly report for 12 years now. Until this year, the forecast was regional and used to highlight flavor trends that were relevant to specific areas of the world. This year the forecast has gone global and an international group of McCormick experts, including chefs, sensory scientists, trend trackers, marketing experts and food technologists, have joined forces to identify global trends and the flavor combinations that drive them.

These are the six trends that were identified using the flavor combinations and food experience of the participants who helped prepare the forecast. I love the new flavor combinations and I am looking forward to working with several of them, particularly those that are part of the Quest for the Ultimate trend. Do you see any combinations that are standouts for you? McCormick has put together a wonderful guide that includes photos and recipes that use the flavor combinations featured below. You can find it here. I'll be featuring some of the recipes in the days to come. In the meantime, I hope you'll pay them a visit.



Honoring Roots
Chefs inspired by foundational flavors are finding a way to balance modern flair with cultural authenticity.

1. Cumin with Sofrito
Authentic Hispanic foundational flavors.
2. Korean Pepper Paste with Sesame, Asian Pear & Garlic
BBQ with a global twist.

Quest for the Ultimate
Flavor fanatics searching for the ultimate taste experience through quality ingredients, flavors and textures.

3. Dill with Mint, Melon & Cucumber
The ultimate refresher.
4. Meyer Lemon with Lemon Thyme, Limoncello & Lemon Peel
The ultimate lemon.

Veggies in Vogue
Fresh, seasonal veggies are dressed to impress with new cooking techniques and inventive bursts of flavor.

5. Eggplant with Honey & Harissa
Worldly veggie with sweet heat.
6. Squash with Red Curry & Pancetta
Versatile veggie with a touch of Thai.

Simplicity Shines
Clear, unpretentious flavors are an approachable celebration of the basics. A move away from complexity and flash.

7. Ginger with Coconut
Warm spice joins tropical favorite.
8. Vanilla with Butter
Pure essentials for real goodness.

Flavorful Swaps
Balancing bold flavor with hunger for health is key to achieving wellness goals, without sacrificing enjoyment.

9. Red Tea with Cinnamon & Plum
Better-for-you beverage meets fruit and spice.
10. Grapefruit with Red Pepper
A new take on lemon pepper.

No Boundaries
Blending inspirations and shedding the confines of traditional “rules” equals a renewed permission to have fun.

11. Sweet Soy with Tamarind & Black Pepper
Steak sauce with an Asian flair.
12. Blueberry with Cardamom & Corn Masa
From everyday to extraordinary.

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of McCormick Flavor Forecast 2012. All opinions are 100% mine.


Sprigs of Rosemary said...

These are inspiring! I love the idea of exploring new combinations and these suggestions are just great. I can connect with any of the trends but honoring roots called out to me first -- building on great foundations. Thanks for sharing, Mary!

The Path Traveled said...

Thank you for the tips.. They will be very helpful.

Joanne said...

These make me want to get in the kitchen and start cooking!

JasmyneTea said...

That coconut and ginger combination seems really interesting, I didn't even know such a list existed!

Ginny Hartzler said...

The vanilla with butter appeals to me the most. Phil and I just finished dinner a couple hours ago, and it was your French Dip sandwiches with the consomme and shallots. So delicious! I had halved the recipe, but we really could have eaten two each! I have enough for tomorrow as well, and will make it again for dinner.


Both #7 and #8 sound great ... and are next to the lime green design ... my favorite color.

Happy January, Mary.


Unknown said...

I've got my eye on the ginger coconut. You always have interesting content on you blog, thanks for that!

Sue/the view from great island said...

Grapefruit with red pepper sounds wonderful!

Claudia said...

Some combinations beckon and some make me pause. I love the idea of vegetables in vogue and simplicity - because right now - that's my life.

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