With spicy flavors heating up the flavor market, inspiration for industry trends draws from sources originating around the world. Read on for a break down of some of the flavors prominent in today’s flavor industry.
- Cayenne pepper: Extremely hot flavor with little aroma. Used in Mexican and Italian cooking, but also to add spice to salsa, dips, tacos, marinades and egg dishes.
- Vanilla: Sweet and perfumed with a woody flavor. Used in desserts such as ice cream, candy and cake, along with beverages to enhance other sweet flavors.
- Sesame: A mild, nutty flavor. Used as a grain for baked goods, oil, candies and tahini.
- Ginger: Slightly hot and biting flavor, with a sweet and woody fragrance. Popularly used in baked goods such as gingerbread, along with Asian dishes.
- Cinnamon: Sweet and woody aroma and flavor. Popular in desserts and sweet baked goods, along with savory protein preparations in Middle Eastern dishes and pickling and beverage flavoring in stick form.
- Cumin: A warm, bitter flavor that is brought out by toasting. Used in citrus marinades, stews, vegetables.