Our love of the sweet and salty combination began with chocolate-covered pretzels, Cracker Jacks and Goobers. Now the trend to combine sweet and salty is at an all-time high, with an extra special focus on combining bacon with just about everything. According to The New York Times, a food trend follows 5 stages until it is part of our world:
Stage 1: Being picked up by top chefs.
Stage 2: Reported on in upscale magazines and sampled at specialty food shows.
Stage 3: Featured in inventive chains such as Cheesecake Factory and Williams-Sonoma
Stage 4: Appearing in women’s magazines, larger chains, or supermarkets (Starbucks is considered high stage-4)
Stage 5: You know it’s completely integrated if you see it at Wal-Mart
Salted caramels are now entrenched in our snacking culture. Here are a few taste-bud tantalizing blends of salty-sweet we predict will be addictive: 8 Salty-Sweet Snacks You Need to Try