From unicorn cakes to ketchup ice cream, unique and flavorful desserts are incredibly trendy. While it’s no secret that we all love grandma’s chocolate chip cookie recipe or a classic brownie once in a while, new and exciting drool-worthy desserts are showing up everywhere from social media to pop culture.
As if we needed another reason to indulge in something sweet, even the new Netflix show Pastry is proving that dessert is taking the spotlight away from the main course. So what’s the hype all about?
The following are some of the trendiest desserts that are absolutely worth the extra calories.
You guessed it, this chocolate is pink! Even better? It has a natural berry flavor that works well in mousses and truffles. Discovered by Swiss chocolate-maker Barry Callebaut, the rose-colored chocolate is one-of-a-kind and the first new natural flavor of chocolate since white chocolate was discovered over 80 years ago. It’s been getting a lot of hype lately as chocolate companies are already excited to get their hands on the stuff. Even brands like Kit-Kat are attempting pink chocolate bars.
Remember trying Pop Rocks candy as a kid? The pop, fizzy feeling is back, but in an innovative and sophisticated way. Unexpected textures with classic flavors are being added to desserts. Everything from powders and gels to fizz are heightening the gourmet dessert experience. Peanut butter powder, in particular, is extremely popular and often mixed with cocoa. To further arouse the gourmet experience, consider adding Celebration Candles when serving your trendy dessert. The unique taste and texture combined with the visceral involvement of glowing candles will truly make the culinary moment memorable.
More desserts for special diets
More than ever people are on special diets. From dairy-free to peanut allergies, gluten-free to sugar substitutes, diets are definitely keeping pastry chefs on their toes. Instead of leaving those with special diets out, desserts are now more inclusive than ever and even those with allergies are able to enjoy delicious sweet treats.
Gramercy Tavern in New York City offers an entirely gluten-free dessert menu including Pumpkin and sage loaf cakes, warm chocolate pudding cake, and many more delicious options. Alternative sugar options are also available for many of their desserts. While NYC is a major metropolis filled with people of varying tastes and diet needs, other cafes and restaurants all over the country are seeing that special diets are worthy of trendy desserts, too.
To cater to these needs, chefs are using more whole ingredients as well as a lot of gums, stabilizers, and substitutes. For instance, instead of using egg replacers in vegan recipes, they are finding ways to make desserts without the use of eggs at all. A similar method is being used for gluten-free recipes as well.
Honey vinegar and cherry blossom
Maybe it’s the cherry blossoms in bloom outside, or maybe it’s just a fad, but honey vinegar and cherry blossom are as trendy as ever. The fragrant flavor of cherry matched with honey vinegar adds for a unique acidity to the dish while emphasizing the honey profile.
If your sweet tooth is salivating, you’re in good company. But when it comes to deciding which dessert to try first, the struggle is real!
Start by choosing your entrée, then pair one of the aforementioned desserts with it, and add the finishing touch by lighting Celebration Candles atop your sweet treat. You’ll impress your guests and leave them wanting more!