Move over, mug cakes and butter tables.
In 2023, the hot culinary trends will be “functional foods,” nostalgic meals, international ingredients and plant-based proteins, chef and registered dietitian Diane Hendricks said.
Speaking on “Fox & Friends” on Friday, December 30, Hendricks said that while “charcuterie boards aren’t going anywhere,” his presentation will likely change in the New Year.
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Instead of a traditional deli presentation on a board, New Jersey-based Hendricks predicted that “snack” boxes (snacks and typical deli items arranged on a tackle box) will be “quite all the rage” in the near future.
A snack box is more portable than a traditional deli board; and the compartments allow the different items to remain separate.
And while butter boards were the hot food craze of 2022, Hendricks believes that, in 2023, it will be all the rage to “elevate” the butter board with additional flavors mixed into the butter.
Flavors like chili oil are a “cool way” to add flavor instead of just eating butter patties during a catered event, Hendricks said.
Bold flavors are another upcoming food trend.
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“Sweet, spicy and global flavors are trending for 23,” Hendricks said, calling the chili oil crisp “very good.”
“All of these things are going to rise with these new flavors,” he said. “That’s really delicious and versatile.”
On the subject of flavors, Hendricks predicted that “powerful, powerful flavors” will be all the rage in 2023.
“Island flavors and global cuisine – that will be huge and merge,” he said.
Healthier foods, including plant-based protein options and “functional foods,” will also be trends in the food world next year, he predicted.
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“Anything that’s colored will give you more nutrition,” Hendricks said.
“Functional foods,” which provide a “nutrition and health benefit,” will also increase next year, he said.
“Avocados are going to be in everything,” he said, showing off an avocado salsa, a “really good” avocado hot sauce and chili con avocado.
Cooking at home, and eating with nostalgic treats like Charleston Chews or Good & Plenty or Oreos, will continue to rise in 2023, Hendricks said.
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“The pandemic made us cook a lot at home, so that is going to stay,” he said.
“Convenience foods” that are easy to cook will be on supermarket shelves, Hendricks added.
And while Hendricks stated that “nuts and plant-based foods [are] It’s going to be huge” in 2023: The idea of vegan alternatives to cheese, eggs and meat didn’t appeal to everyone.
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“Not for us,” said contributor Katie Pavlich on “Fox & Friends.”