While these colorful food trends were predicted, it seems that they faded fast.
Although 2020 food trends seemed to defy norms, colorful food trends didn’t seem to find the light that they needed to shine. Even though many people might have needed a bright spot in the past year, this food trend didn’t resonate as strongly.
At the end of 2019, the New York Times predicted that blue colored foods would have a big moment in 2020. While this trend was thought to highlight beverages with butterfly pea flower to create that vibrant blue hue, it wasn’t limited to just cocktails. Still, did blue colored food fill your feed?
Some colorful food trends did fill the cocktail glass. Botanist Gin highlighted how its gin played well worth the butterfly pea flower. Even more fun was the color changing qualities when combined with certain ingredients. When those colorful cocktails added various ingredients, the bright colors transformed into a smoky sip.
Still, that blue food trend didn’t seem to come to fruition. While many people became obsessed with sour dough starters, breakfast boards and charcuterie spreads, the colorful food trends seemed to fade. Why didn’t it resonate with people?
While everyone has heard that eating the rainbow is good for healthy eating, blue foods seemed more like an experience to be enjoyed with others. Since most people were sitting at home, that bright color might not have translated over video. Plus, some people preferred to just pour a glass versus make something complicated.
Although a few blue colored foods tried to have a moment. Ube, the purple yam, seemed to find its way into both savory dishes and desserts. Even Epcot featured Ube on this holiday menu.
One of the reasons why blue food was predicted to be a colorful food trend was because blue was Pantone’s color of the year. That idea begs the question, will grey and yellow foods be trending in 2021? Could everything be colored turmeric?
Even though no one wants a plate filled with brown food, trying to make one colorful food trend might be a little difficult. Unlike a flavor or a cuisine, it isn’t necessarily concrete enough to have everyone embrace it. Then again, maybe there are more color deficient people who just don’t see that color.
What food trend do you think missed the mark in the past year? Do you think this year’s predicted trends will actually come true?