Get ready for spicy maple and salty citrus everything in 2015. Trend researchers at Sensient Flavors and Fragrances, a company that manufactures flavors and smells, recently released a list of eight new flavors that they believe will be this year’s trendiest. Last year, the company predicted that things like Fernet, juniper berry and gochujang—a pungent Korean chile paste—would be big. And, looking back, they were pretty right on. So we have no choice but to consider that this year’s strange but compelling list of up-and-coming flavors could be an accurate vision of our future.
Here, the eight trends to watch for plus a few recipes inspired by the somewhat outlandish flavors.
1. Smoked Chantilly
Smoky flavors were big last year, but the company believes those toasty, burnt notes will be even more prevalent this year in desserts. Think roasted vanilla-infused whipped cream.