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Fancy Food Show Forecasts Future In Food Trends

Salt and ketchup aren't just for fries anymore. Gourmet ketchup and artisan salts are a couple of items that are the future of food.


Photo: Kristian Niemi (flickr)

Salt has been elevated above the status of table condiment. It's showing up on caramel and taking on new flavors.

What’s next on grocery store shelves? The 2012 Winter Fancy Food Show has a peek into the future of cutting edge.

One thing is clear — salt isn’t a simple table seasoning.

Sweet and salty is big, with sea-salt caramel and salted chocolate. Artisan salts, like smoked or Himalayan, add the final special touch to a dish.

Ketchup caught up to mustard, with special gourmet varieties cropping up.

Gluten-free gets even more respect with pastas, breads, crackers, cereals and pancakes.

Finally, if pre-made food isn’t enough, now you can make your own with do-it-yourself kits. DIY cheese and butter kits are popular, but so are complete dishes, like pies.

What do you forecast to be the next fancy food? Share in the comments below!

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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