Taste Test: Ethnic Flavors Go Mainstream

Five Flavor Trends That Have -- or Might Soon -- Come to a Shelf Near You

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A stroll through the local supermarket is becoming increasingly worldly now that multicultural tastes have made flavors once considered exotic more mainstream. Here are five flavor trends that have -- or might soon -- come to a shelf near you.

Sriracha

The hot sauce was inspired by Asian flavors and named after a city in Thailand. California-based Huy Fong Foods is credited with popularizing the condiment in the U.S. But as the Los Angeles Times recently pointed out, the company failed to trademark the name, which is why you see everything from Heinz sriracha ketchup to Pizza Hut's sriracha crust.

Radler

The word "radler" means "cyclist" in German, and has long been used across Europe to describe an easy-drinking combination of beer and lemonade. Increasingly, brands sold in the U.S. are jumping on the trend, from Amstel Radler to the upcoming Coors Light Citrus Radler.

Japanese 7 Spice

Formally called shichimi togarashi, the seven-ingredient spice might be going mainstream soon. Spice-maker McCormick named it to its list of flavor trends to watch for in 2015.

Umami

The so-called fifth taste is a Japanese word that roughly translates to savory. The flavor is the inspiration for a small burger chain called Umami Burger. McCormick suggests umami veggies could take off in 2015.

Jalapeño

Sure, this pepper has been a popular U.S. flavor for a while, but the trend seems to be getting even, um, hotter. The latest example: Doritos new Jacked 3D chips that come in jalapeño pepper jack flavor.

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