With the world in constant turmoil, we’re all reaching a point where we feel like we deserve a little pampering. For some, that means shelling out the dough for a deep tissue massage gun.
Others have gone much further and undertaken massive home renovation projects to improve function and appearance in newly multifunctional living/remote work spaces.
One way to indulge without necessarily breaking the bank is with premium ingredients, and several are gaining popularity as we become more firmly entrenched in 2022.
Which flavors and ingredients are you likely to see a lot more of in premium products? Here are a few that should be on your radar if you’re interested in a bit of indulgent self-care.
Not to be confused with the lemon-flavored leafy green, sorrel is also the name of a type of hibiscus flower frequently found in Jamaican teas, juices, and agua frescas. Stateside, you can find it in Organic Orange Hibiscus Italian Soda at Whole Foods Market or you can try Golden State Cider Jamaica.
That being said, innovative chefs have started adding sorrel not only to sweets like vegan soft serve and the trending hibiscus spiraled ginger cookies, as well as jams, relishes, and savory dishes with chicken or fish.
This tiny citrus fruit, native to southern China, can be eaten whole (peel and all), and it delivers a great combination of tart and sweet that lends itself to all kinds of confections and baked goods.
Candied kumquats were a hit for Lunar New Year 2022, but you can dip them in chocolate or add them to scones any time of year for a unique, citrusy flavor profile (not to mention a hefty dose of vitamin C).
Technically, this is two flavors, but if you’re one of the many people who stockpiles Samoas Girl Scouts cookies (or Caramel deLites, depending on your region), you know it’s a winning combo.
Why is it trending for 2022? Comfort food is in, and there are few things more comforting than buttery caramel and tropical coconut paired with rich chocolate.
Ras el Hanout
A North African spice blend that roughly translates from Arabic as “top shelf,” Ras el Hanout brings sweet, spicy, and warm notes to a range of dishes. This is thanks to nine spices, including saffron, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, allspice, black pepper, ginger, and salt.
Frequently used in Moroccan cooking, Ras el Hanout is a nice addition to dishes like tagine, squash soups, and spiced stews. In other words, savory comfort food.
Chia Seed Extract
Not all premium ingredients are intended for consumption, and while chia seeds make for an interesting addition to smoothies and overnight oats, an extract made from these tiny seeds is quickly becoming the hottest new indulgence in skin care.
Rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, chia seed extract not only helps to restore your skin’s moisture barrier, but it can combat UV damage for a double whammy of luxury appeal.
Whether you’re seeking indulgent ingredients to tantalize your taste buds or soothe irritated skin, you can get a leg up in 2022 by trying some of these trendy options.