What the youngs are craving: Pebbley, crunchy, chocolatey mash-ups
New foods that play on nostalgia and comfort — like "dessert and candy mash-ups" — are the focus of food manufacturers as they cater to the palates of millennials and Gen Z, per the market research firm Mintel.
What's happening: In an article titled, "Trending flavors: co-branding and collaborations in desserts and confections," Mintel's Alyssa Hangartner argues that consumers, particularly younger ones, are seeking out familiar foods from childhood.
- "Nostalgic flavors and products bring a sense of comfort, in a time when consumers seem more affected by stress than ever before," the article says.
- "Brands and foodservice operators alike are crisscrossing product categories from soda to cereal to deliver consumers a playful and even somewhat nostalgic experience."
Details: Products that fall in this sweet spot (get it?) include:
- A confetti cake mix from Duncan Hines that includes Fruity Pebbles-flavored frosting and mix-ins.
- A frozen dessert from Kraft Heinz called "Kit Kat Colliders Twisted Vanilla Flavored Dessert."
- An ice cream from Milk Bar that features cornflakes, chocolate chips and marshmallows.
What's next: "Pudding and brownies are perfectly positioned for hybrid innovation," Mintel reports.
My thought bubble: Finally, there's something that young adults and their Boomer parents can agree on.