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Food trends of 2013: A year in review

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As we reminisce about 2013 and prepare ourselves for what is to come in 2014, we can’t help but think of the new foods (both the good and maybe not-so-good) that we encountered in the past year. And to say the least, it has indeed been a year of interesting new foods and food hybrids, ranging from the “Cronut” to the Ramen Burger to a new favorite condiment, which proved to be so popular, it experienced a shortage.

No matter how exciting the food trends of the past year have been, everyone can agree that what is even more exciting is the chance to experiment with culinary creations on your own. Spicing things up a bit with new ideas and ingredients can be inventive and bring out the inner foodie in everyone. Learning to cook and bake with new (as well as old) ingredients is exciting! Turning your food-inspired passions into a career can be both fun and rewarding. And who knows? You may be the center of attention for one of the food trends of 2014. Start the New Year with a fun and rewarding career!

The Cronut
The Cronut http://www.manrepeller.com/2013/07/holy-cronut.html

The Cronut

What was possibly the most talked about of all food hybrids this year came straight out of our hometown of New York City. The “Cronut,” a cross between a croissant and donut and made up of a crunchy outside and a soft sugary inside, was one of the most talked about pastries ever. After its launch in May, the trademarked Cronut instantly went viral, with imposters popping up not just in the nation but around the world. Interested in trying one of these? If you’re looking to get your hands on the real authentic thing, be ready to wake up early; lines are reportedly forming outside the Dominique Ansel Bakery at 180 Spring Street over two and a half hours before the opening time of 8:00AM. 

The Ramen Burger
The Ramen Burger http://bedfordandbowery.com/2013/08/its-happening-the-ramen-burger-is-returning-to-smorgasburg/

The Ramen Burger

Considered to be the counterpart to the Cronut is New York City’s second newest culinary craze, the Ramen Burger. This new Japanese-American hybrid features a hamburger patty sandwiched between two discs of fried ramen noodles. The Ramen Burger was created by former computer programmer Keizo Shimamoto, who quit his day job to devote himself to blogging about Ramen. If you want to try this culinary creation, however, you’ll have to hit the kitchen, as this original crazy creation was only available for a few weekends this past summer.

Looking to try these burgers? Look no further. Here are some popular Ramen Burger recipes, courtesy of Mashable

Pumpkin Spiced Everything
Pumpkin Spiced Everything http://offbeatandinspired.com/2012/10/10/diy-pumpkin-pie-spice/

Pumpkin Spiced Everything

Next up on our list is the trend to leave no food (or non-food, for that matter) “unspiced.” The new favorite of the fall season was the inclusion of pumpkin spice in everything from traditional coffees and desserts to recent appearances in cream cheese, chocolates, puddings (and even Pringles). 

Sriracha
Sriracha http://www.karmaloop.com/guru/sriracha-production-must-end-open-letter-irwindale-california/

Sriracha

Continuing on this trend of having unexpected flavorings added to just about everything is the world’s “coolest” condiment, Sriracha. Amidst a current shortage, 2013 has been the year of Sriracha, which instantly become everyone’s favorite condiment. America’s love for the spicy, sweet and garlicky condiment has inspired food items that have included not only Sriracha-flavored Lay’s Potato Chips, but Sriracha candy canes, lollipops ­– and even Sriracha vodka. 

Kale For Everyone!
Kale For Everyone! http://marycrimmins.com/10-ways-to-try-kale/

Kale For Everyone!

To end this list on a more health-conscious note, our last food trend is the “Kale Kraze.” While the consumption of kale has been more widespread in recent years, its popularity soared in 2013. In the past year, Kale was everywhere, from smoothies to salads. Kale even popped up in recipes that ranged from spaghetti to mac-and-cheese.

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