Before 2014, we could only speculate at what the next dessert wave to hit foodies and dessert-lovers all over the world, but now, we have more than some inkling, as the latest report is supported by market research.
The Food Channel, an original content creation & media company that bring food knowledge—trends, stories, recipes, products and show—to people in an entertaining way, has released a report titled “Top Ten Dessert Trends for 2014”.
The report is based on research conducted in conjunction with CultureWaves and is sponsored by Otis Spunkmeyer. The list identifies the significant behaviours of consumers, foodservice professionals and manufacturers, which brings us these results:
Desserts that can be scooped up with a spoon—called “spoonables”—will be big. Then again, most desserts are best eaten with a spoon, so “spoonables” are best described as desserts that are soft, like pudding.
It comes as no surprise that layered desserts are also in, such as Layered Strawberry Shortcake, Mille Crêpes and our local Pandan Layer Cake. This is because layered desserts equals more variations and flavours. For example, Strawberries and Cream Sponge Cake looks and tastes better than regular sponge cake.
Hand Pies are mini versions of pies small enough to fit in your hand. Mini desserts are becoming more popular because it allows you to indulge without worrying about being too full and your sugar intake.
Midwestern desserts are cobblers, pies, crisps, tarts, upside down cakes and bar cookies. These desserts tend to be simple yet hearty, sweet and savoury.
Mashups and Muffins
Contrary to the slew of cupcakes shops, it’s muffins that people are craving this year, as well as mashups like the cronut and duffin.
Pepper, Flavoured Salts, and International Spices
Desserts now incorporate stronger spices such as cracked pepper and kosher salt in order to better bring out the flavour of the dessert.
Dessert Butters are actually ground up cookies turned into a soft filling to provide more texture than your usual spreads. They are then layered onto squares or sandwich cookies such as the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookie.
Move aside pancakes to make way for crepes! Crepes are essentially French-style pancakes that are very thin and usually made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour.
Any person who’s watching their health will agree that nuts are good for you because they are packed with protein, fibre and essential fats, so everyone’s adding them in desserts now.
Small Batch Desserts
Smaller is now better! Not only does baking in small batches avoid waste, it also allows you to try out more recipes that you would otherwise save for another week because you’ve made a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies that need to be finished.