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7 things everyone will be eating and drinking in 2018

House Beautiful (UK) logo House Beautiful (UK) 09/11/2017 Olivia Blair

© Provided by Getty Forget Donald Trump's inaugural year as president, another general election and Bake Off's first series on Channel 4, because 2017 will be remembered as the year of people turning 'flexitarian', trying to combat food waste and never-ending delivery apps.

Those were just some of the food trends predicted at the end of last year and, now, foodie forecasters are back to let us know what we're likely to be eating, making and buying in 2018.

From chocolate to algae, here's the products which are making a resurgence or emergence.:

1. Chocolate

© Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) We'll start with the good news. According to innovation research & advisory company Stylus, chocolate will have an innovative and diverse comeback next year.

'Chocolate is becoming an increasingly premium commodity, with focus being placed on boosting its nutritional value, positioning it as a healthy indulgence,' Mandy Saven, head of Food, Beverage and Hospitality at Stylus, told Good Housekeeping. For example, the chocolate producer Adam's has relaunched a range of organic cold-pressed chocolate aimed at retaining the raw cacao's high levels of antioxidants and intricate flavours.

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2. Edible flowers

a bowl of food on a table © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) In the Instagram era of food, companies want their products to look pretty hence the emergence of edible flowers within our food and drink, according to trend company WGSN. The company notes that edible flowers featured in 186,000 Instagram posts over the past few years and have also been popping up in the media, top restaurant dishes and blogs.

'From simple floral ice pops and baking with dried flower petals to more complex dishes that mix florals with savoury flavours such as cheeses, home chefs are keen to experiment,' the company said. 'As edible flowers become more accessible, and consumers more educated in their taste as well as colour, mixes will explore combinations that pack in flavour too.'

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3. Algae

a bowl of broccoli © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Though most commonly associated with pond life, algae will hit the food scene in 2018.

'As the trend towards Veganism reaches new heights, we'll see algae become a staple ingredient in creating foods that deliver the nutritional benefits of food groups like fish and dairy,' Saven says. 'Gram for gram, spirulina – a common form of algae – has more calcium than milk, more beta-carotene than carrots and more protein than meat.'

Algae is predicted to follow in the footsteps of fellow aquatic plant seaweed, which has enjoyed a huge resurgence in both fine dining and the supermarket over the past few years.

4. Coffee variations

a glass of orange juice next to a cup of coffee © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) The caffeine-fuelled staple which many start their morning with will also see a varied resurgence next year, according to WGSN. Thanks to a general global coffee boom – evident by the springing of both independent and chain coffee shops popping up on high streets across the country – brands and baristas are encouraged to come up with more and more innovative ideas to keep up with demand.

Cold brew has recently emerged as a popular favourite among coffee drinkers and WGSN says this has sparked further trends including nitro cold-brew, cold-brew ice cream and coffee tonic.

Coffee consumers are also considering wellness and sustainability when it comes to their coffee. On the wellness front, cascara – prized for its high level of antioxidants – is becoming a key ingredient, as is turmeric – which is celebrated for anti-inflammatory properties.

Consumers are becoming more aware of the negative effects of using single-use coffee pods in machines, so many brands – including McCafe, Pact Coffee and Halo – are catching onto the idea of compostable and recyclable pods.

5. Rosemary and other herbs

a plant on a wooden table © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Herbs are back, according to WGSN. As more people try to actively eat plant-based food and less meat, herbs are central to this theme. One of the main competitors from the herb group is the apparently memory-boosting herb, rosemary. It's been featured in several drinks including rosemary water, rosemary and grapefruit tonic by London Essence, and even in coffee.

Other lesser known herbs we'll be seeing more frequently include purslane – a leafy, citric herb often used as a basil alternative, shisho – a minty herb most commonly used in Asian cooking, and lemon balm which is used in teas, sweet and savoury dishes as an alternative choice to chamomile.

6. Sweet alcohol

a glass of beer on a table © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Next year our alcohol will be getting sweeter, according to Saven. 'In 2018, dessert-inspired spirits will provide a welcome dose of sweetness, fun and indulgence for anyone looking for full-bodied taste sensations with a sugary edge, reminiscent of confectionery and patisseries.'

Watch out for red velvet, cheesecake and clotted-cream flavoured gins and vodka.

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7. Brain food

a glass cup on a plate © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) People are slowly becoming more aware of the intellectual and enhancing properties of their food and drink. For this reason, ingredients which typically boast these features will be seen more and more in products, especially juices.

Saven says: 'Juices will be given an extra boost with ingredients like acai, blueberries and vitamins B12 and C.'

This won't be limited to liquids, though. Fermented foods like kimchi will continue to grow in popularity and we can expect to see brands which actively use superfoods making more of an appearance in the UK.

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