Drop the bone broth-infused quinoa kale chips. Peanuts are here to help you try some of the latest food trends without going overboard. At the Winter Fancy Food Show, one of the largest gatherings for the specialty food market, there were a few trends that peanut lovers will definitely appreciate.
Coconut is experiencing a resurgence. More people are cooking with coconut oil and electrolyte-filled coconut water is gaining in popularity with fitness enthusiasts—and party enthusiasts. Brands are responding with more coconut-infused foods like coconut popcorn, coconut yogurt, coconut water with probiotics, coconut seaweed snacks and more.
Peanuts pair well with coconut because peanuts are healthy and nutrient-dense. If you’re not a fan of coconut, peanuts or peanut butter can help make it more appealing. Try this recipe for Naturally Sweet Peanut Chocolate Oat Bars with coconut, or Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter from Wild Friends Foods.
With its earthy flavor, bright yellow hue and health halo, turmeric is the spice of the moment. Infused into teas, sprinkled onto popcorn, and packaged into spice mixes, turmeric brings an exotic element to almost any food.
Classic can also be trendy. Cool Haus Awesome Ice Cream has a Milkshake & Fries flavor that screams classic high school snack. They also have an ice cream sandwich that features banana ice cream, snickerdoodle cookies and chocolate cookies dipped in peanut butter. Many brands are introducing sweet items that have the classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate. Fookie brand has done that in a unique but approachable way, combining a chocolate peanut butter cookie with chocolate chip and peanut butter fudge.
When you hear about the next food trend, don’t roll your eyes or wrinkle your nose. Think about pairing with peanuts or peanut butter and you’re almost guaranteed to find it more appealing.