The 10 Food Trends Millennial Foodies Want to Try Most

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing

We asked Millennial and Gen Z foodies the biggest food trends they’ve been interested in lately…

Thanks to Millennials and Gen Z, food has become a part of pop culture. Restaurants can go viral—even when they don’t expect it—and dishes can become social media stars. It seems that there’s a new food trending weekly, and we’re always on the lookout for the next big food obsession, but what are young foodies really interested in trying?

According to our recent survey on cooking and food trends, 48% of 13-34-year-olds consider themselves foodies. Millennials are more likely to say they’re a foodie than Gen Z, at 50% and 41% respectively. As we noted last year, the fact that half of 13-34-year-olds consider themselves a foodie says something about the mainstreaming of food culture. Out of all 13-34-year-old respondents, 38% say that they have visited a new restaurant that they found out about through social media, and 30% say they have waited in line to try a food/beverage everyone is talking about. From brands collaborating with viral food stars like Black Tap to those repositioning their products to fit into the modern food scene, we’re increasingly seeing companies turn food trends into opportunities. To keep tabs on the latest food trends to know, we asked these self-identified foodies, “What is the biggest food trend you’ve been interested in recently?”* Here are their top responses:

*These were open-end response questions to allow us to capture the full range of food trends that 13-34-year-olds foodies are interested in trying. As with any qualitative question, the responses include those that are top of mind and those that are most popular. The list is ordered according to number of responses received, and alphabetically when ties occurred. 

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“I eat whenever I need to...I don’t follow the conventional breakfast, lunch, dinner setup.”

—Male, 29 VA

Over half of Millennials believe “money can buy happiness.” Fifty-three percent of 22-39-year-olds believe the more money you have, the happier you are, compared to 38% of Americans overall, according to Mintel. The research also shows Millennials are optimists: a little over half are confident in their financial futures, although nearly a third consider paying off credit card bills their greatest financial challenge. Considering the Ypulse financial tracker shows 59% of 18-34-year-olds have debt, we’re not surprised. (MediaPost)

Mickey Mouse Club is coming back for a new generation, and they know just where to find them: social media. Disney announced at Vidcon that the new rendition of the variety show will be released in snackable snippets on social media only. The show will search for future stars with little to no social followings, but big, undiscovered talents, such as choreography and songwriting. Disney is winning out with Millennials and this nostalgic hit should be right on brand; you can see it at the end of August on the Oh My Disney Facebook channel. (THR)

Summer camp costs more than ever before, and some parents are paying big bucks for their children to rough it. Sleepaway camps cost an average of $768 a week, up from $397 in 2005, for often less-than-luxe accommodations. Affluent parents who want their kids to “just be normal” are sending them to camps that can cost $20,000 for basic room and board that “smells a little mildewy,” where kids do their own laundry, clean their rooms, have roommates, and engage in typical camp activities—macaroni art, anyone? (MarketWatch)

Taco Bell has built brand love and a loyal fan following across digital. Their record-breaking giant taco head Snapchat lenswas just the beginning of their successful social marketing strategy, which involves treating each platform differently. The latest example is their YouTube series, Taco Tales, which includes 40 pieces of long-form content catered to their fans. They’ve accrued 10.5 million Facebook fans, 1.85 million Twitter followers, and 60,000 YouTube subscribers with their “wacky,” authentic brand voice in an effort to not just people-please, but to be themselves—which may be why they’re one of young adults’ favorite fast food restaurants.

(The Drum)

More evidence that Millennials still love analog books: They’re the most likely generation to use public libraries, according to a Pew Research Report. More than half of 18-35-year-olds have frequented a public library in the last twelve months, compared to 45% of Gen X, 43% of Boomers, and 36% of Silents. University libraries were specifically not counted, so being college-aged isn’t giving them any advantage, either. The finding goes hand in hand with Ypulse data that shows reading is 13-34-year-olds’ biggest hobby. 

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—Female, 32, FL

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