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Raise your hand if you love chocolate…okay, it’s unanimous—or almost, anyway. So what’s going on in the delectable world of chocolate in 2012? Glad you asked. The Food Channel has just completed its deep dive into the latest chocolate trends and compiled our Top Ten list of current trends in chocolate. Here’s a little nibble of what we found.
Coming in at #10 is Chocolate Pairings. We’ve all heard about chocolate and cheese…and chocolate + wine pairings, but today chocolate is being paired up with some more unexpected partners. Read more.
In our #9 slot is Crowdsourced Chocolate. We’re seeing crazy mash-ups of ingredients and flavor combinations, egged on, at least in part, by social media trendsetters. Read more.
At #8 we find A Chocolate for Every Dietary Need. It’s hard to think about flourless or sugar free or even dairy free when it comes to chocolate, but companies are responding to the need. And yes, gluten-free is a big part of the trend, too. Read more.
Check in here for the rest of The Food Channel’s complete Top Ten Chocolate Trends for 2012.
Food Channel video producer Christen Nehmer, along with one of our Food Channel chefs, Cathy Nehmer (yes, mother and daughter), had the opportunity to attend a class at the French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College in Chicago. The class was called “Fundamentals of Pound cakes, Coffee cakes, Scones and French Cookies.” The pair donned their chef whites and spent three days learning some of the secrets of the sweet art of pastry making. You can read about their three-day boot camp experience starting here.
The venerable canned meat brand celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, and more than 7 billion cans of SPAM have been sold in that span of time. But did you know…there’s a SPAM museum in Austin, Minn.? Or that they hold an annual Waikiki SPAM Jam Festival in Hawaii, where attendees can sample recipes made by some of Hawaii’s most innovative chefs? You’ll learn about all this and other fun factoids, right here.
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