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The Crounut: Part doughnut, part croissant. Try one if you can. It takes three days to create a cronut from start to finish. These pastries are nearly impossible to get your hands on!

Barrel-Aged Hot Sauce - Chefs are beginning to age their hot sauces in old whisky barrels. Look for aged hot sauces that will contain oaky and smoky tones.

Cauliflower - the vegetable of the year. Kale will be taking a step down to make room for new vegetable inspired dishes. This year cauliflower will be deep-fried, dipped in chocolate, and even served as your main entree.

Sumac: Keep an eye out for this spice. It is a vibrant purple colour and has a lemon-like taste. Its very popular in Middle-Eastern cuisine.

Duck Eggs - Chefs are moving away from cooking the traditional chicken egg and instead filling their kitchens with the larger and tastier duck egg.

White Strawberries - Make sure to watch out for them in many of the summer desserts

The World on a Plate - Prepare to experience tastes from Asia, Europe, American and Africa in one dish.

Pickling - house-made vegetable and fruit pickles will appear on more and more menus

Breakfast foods will be served around the clock! Buttermilk chocolate chip pancakes with maple syrup blueberries and strawberries -

Peruvian Food is on the list of Food Trends of 2012. Experience Ceviche, citrus cured fish.

Top ten food trends for 2012 - Telegraph

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2012 is the Year of the Potato! Look out for french fry menus that let you choose the cut, crispness, and sauce, with dusts and dips to order.

Fennel Pollen - Named by Forbes as a top 10 food trend it is praised for its intense and sweet, bright flavour.

Round Finger Foods - Including Kimchee & Parmesan-filled Arancini, spherical falafel, & meat balls of all kinds are sure to be popular.

Top 10 Restaurant Trends for 2012 - Nutrition Unplugged

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Comfort foods with a Twist (gourmet, ethnic, artisan, wood-fired) like Mac & Cheese with fontina, dry jack fonduta and shaved black truffle topped with onion rings

Natural Selections - Expect to see infusions of pine needles, Douglas fir & eucalyptus to flavour sauces, rubs, meats, jus & broths.

Street Food. Serving up meals such as kimchee quesadillas and Korean barbecue tacos.

Macarons - proved to be a crowd favorite in 2011, they are sure to stay in 2012!

Marshmallows! Be sure to look for them in many different flavours including salted caramel, strawberry basil, cinnamon, & chocolate rosemary.

Have you tried a Pleurry yet? A combination of a plum and a cherry is sure to be delicious!