Flavour Forecast 2016

Heat + Tang

Sambal Noodles with Shrimp and Chinese Broccoli
Heat + Tang Ingredients

Spicy finds a welcome contrast with tangy accents—lime, rice vinegar, yuzu, tamarind, Meyer lemon, cranberry, kumquats and ponzu—to elevate the eating experience.

Peruvian Chilies + Lime: Citrus paired with rocoto, ají panca, ají amarillo and more

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Sambal Sauce: Spicy Southeast Asian sauce made with chilies, rice vinegar, sugar and garlic

Sambal Noodles with Prawns and Chinese Broccoli

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Tropical Asian

Sweet and Sour Rendang Chicken Wings
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Adventurous palates seek flavors from new regions. Two spots in Southeast Asia—Malaysia and the Philippines—offer distinctive ingredients and signature recipes for vibrant fare.

Pinoy BBQ from the Philippines: Popular Filipino street food flavoured with soy sauce, lemon, garlic, sugar, pepper and banana ketchup

Rendang Curry from Malaysia: Malaysian spice paste with mild heat made from chilies, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, tamarind, coriander, and turmeric

Heat + Tang Ingredients


Pinoy Pork BBQ with Green Mango Slaw


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Alternative "Pulse" Proteins

Pickled Peach and Black Beluga Lentil Toasts

Alternative "Pulse" Proteins

Packed with protein and nutrients, pulses such as dried peas, beans and lentils are elevated when paired with delicious ingredients.

Pigeon Peas

Pigeon Peas

(called Toor Dal when split)

Traditionally paired with cumin and coconut


Black Beluga Lentils

Uniquely accented with peach and mustard

Cranberry Beans

Cranberry Beans

(also called Borlotti)

Perfectly enhanced with sage and Albariño wine

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Blends with Benefits

Matcha Green Tea Cake with Lemon Meringue Frosting

Blends with Benefits

Flavourful herbs and spices add everyday versatility to good-for-you ingredients like matcha and chia..

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Matcha Green Tea

Ginger and citrus balance the slightly bitter notes of matcha

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Mediterranean herbs invite flax to savoury dishes

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Chia Seed

Chia becomes zesty when combined with citrus, chillie and garlic

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Discover sweet possibilities when turmeric is blended with cocoa, cinnamon and nutmeg

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Ancestral Flavors

Dark Chocolate and Cranberry Amaranth Bars

Ancestral Flavors

Modern dishes reconnect with native ingredients to celebrate food that tastes real, pure and satisfying.

Ancient Herbs

Ancient Herbs

Rediscover thyme, peppermint, parsley, lavender and rosemary



An ancient grain of the Aztecs with a nutty, earthy flavour



Smoky Mexican liquor made from the agave plant

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Culinary-Infused Sips

Three classic culinary techniques provide new tastes and inspiration in the creation of the latest libations.


Distinctive browned flavor adds richness


Combines tart with spice for zesty results


Caramelized sugar note provides depth

Roasted Peanut Old Fashioned

Pickled Watermelon Shrub Cocktail

Peach and Vanilla Brulee Cocktail

McCormick Flavour Forecast 2016

Flavour Forecast identifies the top trends and flavours for the year ahead. For 2016 there’s a focus on untapped pulse proteins and discovering new tropical Asian flavors as well as versatile spice blends with good-for-you ingredients and experiencing spicy with tangy. We invite you to explore the tastes of tomorrow today.

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