Designing Delicious Dips for Snack Foods and Veggies
There’s been a lot of innovation in the snack food industry, with crackers and potato chips being created in any of a number of different flavors. However, for many buyers there’s simply no replacement for plain potato chips or crackers (or for those with a healthier mindset, fresh veggies) and a delicious dip. While Ranch and French Onion have been staples in America for years (with Bean Dip and Queso making a strong showing in certain regions) flavorists are starting to look at new ways of creating delicious dips.
One of the biggest trends of the past few years has been bacon. It can be found in everything from cupcakes to ready-made meals, so it’s no surprise that flavorists have also found great ways to include bacon flavors in their dips. Whether it’s added to a Ranch dip for a little something special or it’s combined with cheese (yet another trendy food favorite), bacon can be a delicious addition to one’s snack time. Flavor ingredients such as Advanced Biotech’s Natural Guaiacol can produce the smokiness of a bacon flavor, while Natural Savory Complex can be used for its meaty notes, and Natural Maple Furanone can be used for the sweet notes associated with this smoked breakfast meat.
Latin American inspired dips like the aforementioned bean dip have also received a lot of buzz, and can be flavored with traditional elements of this style of cuisine. Pinto beans have long been the preferred type of bean for this type of dip, but black beans and other options are being made more widely available. Citrus flavors, such as those provided by Advanced Biotech’s Natural Citrus Enhancer, are a great way to give these types of dip a little kick. Combined with garlic flavors (provided by ingredients such as Natural Garlic Oil) it’s easy to create something that has a complex taste, as well as a little bit of gourmet edge.
Look to the current trends in the flavor industry to see which types of dip flavor might be your next big flavor hit. From dips inspired by hummus (another popular type of dip), to Asian inspired dips, the possibilities are endless.