Top 10 breakfast trends for 2011
March 17th, 2011 – 11:26 am
Whatâ€™s No. 1? Grandma would know. Hereâ€™s whatÂ The Food Channel found in its research. What do you think?
1.Â Â Â Oatmealâ€”Not instant but the classic thick and lumpy kind that involves steel-cut oats.
2.Â Â Â Chocolate for breakfastâ€”Look for chocolate tea, chocolate Belgian waffles, chocolate granola, even hot chocolate on a stick.
3.Â Â Â Fast-food battle over breakfastâ€”McDonaldâ€™s and Burger King are major players but expect others to join the morning rush hour, like Subway, Wendyâ€™s, and maybe Donimoâ€™s Pizza.
4.Â Â Â Haute coffee at homeâ€”More people are buying whole beans, grinders, a French press, and other equipment to make their own brews.
5.Â Â Â Ethnic invasionâ€”Hispanic breakfast items like tacos, quesadillas, and burritos are showing up everywhere. But there are also European-style breakfast choices like bangers and mash, cheeses, baked beans, and cold cuts turning up, too. Pretty soon, weâ€™ll all be slathering our toast with Nutella (if we arenâ€™t already).
6.Â Â Â Breakfast beveragesâ€”Bubbly juices are growing; new fruit juices are in the market, promoting their antioxidant content; and seasonal juices are riding the â€œeating localâ€ trend. Strawberry juice, anyone?
7.Â Â Â Hot pizza in the A.M.â€”Food makers are looking at hot options. And thereâ€™s even a 24-hour Dominoâ€™s Pizza in Dayton, Ohio, delivering hot pizza in the morning!
8.Â Â Â Breakfast ingredients all day longâ€”Bacon, of course, is ubiquitous, from burgers to desserts, but eggs and hash brown potatoes are showing up on lunch and dinner menus.
9.Â Â Â Breakfast two-stepâ€”People are eating breakfast in two phases, sort of grazing through the morning. They may start with coffee and a banana or muffin. Then, later, munch on a power bar, yogurt, or granola before lunch.
10. Eggsâ€”Remember last summerâ€™s massive egg recall? Itâ€™s history, and eggs are back big time both at home and on restaurant menus, any way you like them.