Ice cream sandwiches big food trend for this year

Ice cream sandwiches are set to be big news this year, according to food experts.

The National Restaurant Association has claimed that the treat will replace donuts and chocolate to become the big menu favourite of the year when it comes to deserts.

The recommendation could come in handy to anyone planning to include a buffet at an upcoming part or event.

Another sweet treat trend that will be big this year, according to, is spicy sweets. This includes unusual flavours, such as honey-wasabi, smoky-sugar and habanero-maple.

Meanwhile, when it comes to savoury trends, ancient grains are said to be a hot favourite in 2014. These include chia and freekah, which cater to those after a healthier dish. Askamut, spelt, and amaranth are also ones to try.

Local produce is also a definite staple for this year too, according to journalist Emily Coyle. Writing for this week, she said: “There is also now an emphasis on sourcing and growing everything locally, and that will not change this year. In fact, the trend will only gain more traction.”

Ms Coyle said this trend can also help the local economy, adding: “This is the kind of food trend that not only benefits the consumers, but also the producers. The country’s farms are expected to make gains in 2014.”