Top Food Trends of 2023 & 2022

Our hand-picked collection of the top food trends of 2023 & 2022. The topics in this report on today’s emerging food trends are selected for their high growth across sites including Google, TikTok, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, and Amazon. Read more about how we track global trends.

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Bento Cake

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A Bento Cake is a mini cake that is made to be eaten in small bites and is packed in a takeout box. The cake is typically made with a variety of flavors and textures and is often decorated with colorful frosting or fruit. …  Read more

Marry Me Chicken

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Marry Me chicken is a dish that is made up of chicken breast cutlets with sundried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and heavy cream as key ingredients and then garnished with fresh basil leaves. The Marry Me chicken can also be served with pasta, mashed potatoes, rice, or crusty bread. …  Read more

Salmon Bites

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Salmon bites are a type of appetizer that is made from salmon. The salmon is typically chopped into small pieces and then mixed with a variety of seasonings and spices. The bites are then typically breaded and fried or baked. …  Read more

Lesser Evil Popcorn

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Lesser Evil Popcorn is a line of popcorn that is made without using artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. The popcorn is made with non-GMO corn and is gluten-free. …  Read more

Catalina Crunch

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Catalina Crunch is a fast-growing food startup that offers keto-friendly cereal, cookies, and snack food. The snack is low in sugar and calories, and uses high-quality, natural ingredients. …  Read more

Beef Tallow

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Beef tallow is a type of animal fat that is rendered from beef. The fat is often used in cooking as a high-heat cooking oil, as well as in soap making and skin care products. …  Read more

Malatang

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Malatang is a Chinese soup that is made with spicy broth and various types of meat and vegetables. The soup is meant to be eaten as a meal or as a snack. …  Read more

Bulking Foods

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Bulking foods are foods that are meant to be consumed in order to gain weight. The foods are typically high in calories and protein, and are meant to be consumed in conjunction with a weightlifting routine. …  Read more

Mazesoba

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Mazesoba is a dish that combines elements of ramen and soba noodles. The dish is made by cooking the noodles in a broth and then adding in various toppings such as pork, vegetables, and eggs. …  Read more

Gopchang

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Gopchang is a type of Korean sausage that is made from beef intestines. The sausage is usually grilled or boiled and is a popular dish in Korea. …  Read more

Salmon Bowl

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A salmon bowl is a dish that combines cooked salmon with rice and vegetables. The dish can be served either hot or cold, and is a popular choice for a healthy and easy-to-make meal. …  Read more

Mochi Donut

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Mochi Donuts are a Japanese-inspired pastry that is made from a soft, doughy mochi rice cake that is deep-fried and coated in a sweet glaze. The donuts are then topped with various flavors and textures, such as sprinkles, nuts, and chocolate. …  Read more

Birria Ramen

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Birria Ramen is a ramen dish that is made with a goat meat broth. The broth is flavored with chilies, cumin, and other spices, and is served with ramen noodles, goat meat, and vegetables. …  Read more

Korean Hot Pot

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A Korean Hot Pot is a pot that is used to cook a variety of foods in a broth at the table. The pot is typically filled with a spicy broth and a variety of meats, vegetables, and noodles are added to the pot to cook. …  Read more

Buldak Chicken

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Buldak chicken is a Korean dish made of chicken that is marinated in a spicy sauce. The chicken is then grilled or pan-fried, and is often served with rice and vegetables. …  Read more

SnackMagic

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SnackMagic is a platform that allows users to build their own box of snack treats or swag for gifting. The service simplifies gifting whether it's for one person or thousands by allowing users to choose from a menu of snacks and other goodies or pre-curated boxes. …  Read more

Rose Tteokbokki

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Rose Tteokbokki is a type of tteokbokki, or Korean rice cake, that is made with a rose sauce. The sauce is made with a mix of gochujang, soy sauce, sugar, and rice vinegar, and is often garnished with chopped scallions and sesame seeds. …  Read more

Street Corn

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Street Corn is a dish that is made of grilled corn that is slathered in a creamy sauce and topped with cheese, chili powder, and lime juice. The dish is popular in Mexico and is often sold by street vendors. …  Read more

Exotic Snacks

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Exotic snacks are snacks that are made with ingredients that are not typically found in mainstream snacks. The snacks can be made from a variety of different ingredients, including but not limited to, spices, fruits, and vegetables. …  Read more

Bao Bun

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Bao buns are a type of steamed bun that is popular in East Asia. The bun is made of flour, yeast, sugar, and water and is often filled with pork, beef, or vegetables. …  Read more

Tteokbokki

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Tteokbokki is a popular Korean dish made of rice cakes and a spicy sauce. The dish is typically cooked in a pot on the stove, but can also be made in a microwave. …  Read more

Pinsa Romana

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Pinsa Romana is an Italian flatbread that is made with a unique dough that is a combination of wheat and rice flour. The dough is said to be more digestible than usual pizza dough and has a slightly sweet flavor. …  Read more

Croffle

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A Croffle is a combination of a waffle and a croissant. The waffle is made with croissant dough, which is then cooked on a waffle pan to create a grid pattern. …  Read more

Poke Bowl

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A Poke Bowl is a bowl of rice or salad topped with raw fish, vegetables, and a sauce. The dish is said to have originated in Hawaii and is growing in popularity in the mainland United States. …  Read more

Quesabirria Tacos

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Quesabirria tacos are a type of taco that is made from a grilled quesadilla. The quesadilla is filled with cheese, meats, and vegetables, and is then grilled until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy. …  Read more

Trend Highlight – Healthy Snacking is on the Rise

As screen time grows, and consumers increasingly watch with a phone in hand (one 2019 survey put the share of TV watchers who do this at 55%), there's a battle for the last hand, and healthy snacking options are aiming to win it by becoming one-hand-eating friendly.

Protein powder has been growing in popularity for years, and while it's a good way to add protein to shakes and smoothies, it's not very compatible with preexisting meal habits. Quest Chips is a growing brand of protein chips that’s at the center of these trends.

One feature of chips, compared to bars, is that consumption is more continuous rather than discrete. If you planned on eating a single bar, it's hard to accidentally eat a bar and a half. But with chips, it's easy to passively consume them. That's especially possible while doing something else; there's a whole category of listicles that recommend the right snack for binge-viewing Netflix, and even an abundance of articles on content pairings for particular shows.

Rather than a traditional meal that could require a fork, knife, and plate, TV-focused snackers are increasingly seeking out hand-held snacks. A snack for gaming, a snack for texting, or a snack for watching TV. Food companies noticed and started pushing to create snacks that are utensil-free and clean-up-free.

Snacking has been growing too and, as this happens, the line between snacks and meals is blurring. Research shows that consumers are eating more meals at non-standard times and that snacks now account for over half the times younger generations eat. It’s a function of a more fragmented day that's less likely to be bookended by a context-setting commute.

Trend Highlight – The Rise of Wagyu Beef

When Instagram first started influencing restaurant traffic, some restaurants switched from round plates to square ones to fit in with the social media company’s image format, which was square-only until mid-2015. The rectangular shape maximizes the amount of food in the frame and helped restaurants stand out in the feed.

In similar ways, restaurants are increasingly putting more effort into eye-catching interior decoration rather than exterior design; if more customers are choosing dinner based on their social media feeds, rather than by walking down the street, it's what's on the inside of the restaurant that counts.

And as TikTok and YouTube usage continues to rise, the popularity of aspirational dining grows too. Wagyu beef, a type of meat prized for its marbling, is a luxury food with strong visual appeal, making it popular for this type of content. Millions of consumers watch videos of wagyu being cooked and eaten even though most can’t afford it on a regular or even semi-regular basis.

Its aspirational nature is also clear when looking at the numbers. The "Wagyu" tag has almost 3 billion views on TikTok, compared to 1/5th that volume for “Barbacoa”, another type of meat, despite Barbacoa having higher consumption.

This widespread appeal creates buzz and the increased buzz eventually helps get the product in front of the consumers who can afford it, driving up sales in the long run. It’s a marketing strategy many companies use: Lean into the features of a product that appeal to a less relevant but wider audience as a way to create a buzz that draws in the ultimate target audience.

There has been pushback on marketing non-Japanese beef as Wagyu, especially from 1997 to 2003, when the Japanese government banned the export of Wagyu cows. Since then, different varieties like American Wagyu and Australian Wagyu have grown in popularity.

Expensive foods, more broadly, are an important export for Japan. Consumer behavior studies have shown that gift recipients put more value on an expensive version of a typically cheap item than on an average-priced version of something usually more expensive, even if the price tag of the latter is higher. This means that a $300 bottle of wine would be received more favorably than a $1,000 computer.

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