Flavor trends for 2015McCormick & Company has released its 15th annual Flavor Forecast for 2015, highlighting eight flavor trends that will inspire culinary innovation in 2015.

According to McCormick, an increase in demand for bold intense culinary experiences will give way to the rise in flavors such as Japanese 7 Spice, in addition to robust flavors.

“Many early trending flavors in past reports have become favorites of today. Take chipotle chili, for instance,” said McCormick Executive Chef, Kevan Vetter. “When we first identified this chili pepper as a flavor to watch in 2003, many people couldn't pronounce it. Today, it's a household name. Pumpkin pie spice, sea salt, coconut water and cocktail-inspired flavors have seen similar success, taking over restaurant menus and grocery store shelves. The flavor trends highlighted within our 15th annual Forecast promise to do the same.”

The eight flavor trends identified by McCormick include:

Global Blends On the Move: Japanese 7 Spice (Shichimi Togarashi) offers a new kind of spicy heat, while Shawarma Spice Blend lends warm, spiced flavor to grilled meats and more.

Middle Eastern Mezze: These distinctive dips and spreads, packed with zesty herbs and seasonings, offer an approachable and delicious introduction to a vibrant global cuisine.

Sour + Salt: Combining coarse salt with surprising sours like pickled ginger, sour cherry, dried mango and lemon zest results in a lively finishing flavor that lends brightness and texture to dishes.

Smoked Spices: Smoking spices and herbs deepens their flavor and aroma, adding richness to meals and drinks.

Umami Veggies: For a fresh way to savor the tempting "fifth taste," look no further than naturally umami-rich veggies like mushrooms, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and nori.

Liquid Revolution: Fresh purees and juices blend with bold spices and herbs to intensify sauces, pasta, dressings and more - providing a fun, delicious way to enjoy an extra serving of fruits and veggies.

Flavor Worth the Wait: Lift the lid to discover the rich flavors from recipes around the world that meld aromatic spices and comforting ingredients into mouthwatering slow-cooked meals.

Cookies Reimagined: Classic spiced cookie flavors take new form in decadent, imaginative desserts that redefine “milk and cookies.”