In this year’s recap of the top 10 most popular Flavor of the Week articles, a compilation of consumer and data trends from market research firm Datassential, Cacio e Pepe — the long, skinny pasta tossed with a little reserved cooking water, black pepper and a grana-style cheese — ranked as the year’s top flavor. It’s a simple, comforting dish with growing appeal on American menus, according to Datassential.
Among other trends in this year’s countdown:
- Japan’s soft and fluffy milk bread;
- Elote, a Mexican street food mainstay; and
- Croque madame, France’s indulgent grilled cheese.