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The Biggest Food Trends of 2018

Updated December 19, 2018 20.2k votes 1.7k voters 31.1k views23 items

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As a new year approaches, one of the biggest questions is what we’ll all be eating (and Instagramming) in 2018. Thanks to food analysts and specialists, we already know some of 2018's hottest food trends. 

Of course, not everyone likes to jump on the food trends bandwagon. Eating insects is an example of a trend that just might not be for you even if it is allegedly good for the environment. There have also been some weird diet trends that have come and gone throughout the years, some of which weren’t actually healthy at all. While health seems to be a major concern in 2018, there's also a keen interest in presentation, design, and customizing brand experiences to you as a consumer. You can expect to see a shift toward plant-based products and sustainability being a major interest in 2018, but luckily those comfort foods still make the cut, too!

Below are 20 of 2018’s coming food trends. Which trends were you the most down to try in 2018, and what food trends from 2019 tingle your taste buds?

  • Photo: Jing / Flickr

    Comfort Food For Hard Political Times

    We may not all eat sheet cake like Tina Fey on SNL, but she made a point. In times of political uncertainty, many people turn toward comfort foods. So yes, comfort food will be a huge trend in 2018. Of course, you can also expect to see "healthy" versions of comfort food.

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  • Photo: Marco Verch / Flickr

    Healthy Foods For Self-Care

    The "self-care" trend is here to stay and it's taking on the food industry. We'll continue to see even more expensive, healthy "superfood" items. With customers convincing themselves they deserve it or that it's part of their self-care routine, companies will continue to charge premium money for those acai bowls.

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    Slow Dough

    Slow dough is already being used in restaurants in Brooklyn and San Francisco. This ancient Romany-style dough, called "pinsa," is a wheat flour blended through long fermentation periods. This dough is crispier, makes you fuller faster, and is easier to digest because of the fermentation. Long story short, we're looking at healthier pizza in 2018. Amoré!

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    Glittery Coffee

    Video: YouTube

    Glitter was a massive trend in 2017. At the beginning of 2018, though, a new type of glitter took social media by storm: glittery coffee. The so-called "diamond coffee," a cappuccino topped with edible glitter, was first unveiled by Mumbai's Coffee by Di Bella months earlier. Imitators are sure to follow.

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