A Red Hot Holiday with Betty Crocker

Though many of us follow the same traditions year out in regards to the holidays, there will always be new holiday trends to keep up with each year. This year, Betty Crocker is sharing their top 10 Red Hot Holiday Trends in the kitchen.

What makes a trend red hot? When it’s exciting, it’s fresh, and making its mark from coast to coast. From the DIY craze to the rise of beer and bacon, the food trends that made our red hot list are each very different, but have one thing in common – they’ll get you excited about food.  As shared by the Betty Crocker team themselves, here they are: 

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*All images, promotional materials and recipes were provided by (and belong to) Betty Crocker to promote the 10 Red Hot Holiday Trends. I was not compensated to write this post in any way.


BRIGHT COLORS, PLAYFUL FOOD

Cupcake poppers

Cupcake poppers

Food Is Fun Again. Food is more fun than ever, as our favorite foodie bloggers and boutique bakeries have shown. Think bright pops of color, cake on a stick, and all sorts of creative new takes on traditional baked goods; even whoopie pies have been reinvented with fresh, fun flavors. Add some play value to your holiday menu with our recipe for colorful, mini Cupcake Poppers that will bring out the kid in you!

STREET EATS AND TWEETS

Indian Spiced Mini Donut Muffins

Indian Spiced Mini Donut Muffins

Meals Go Mobile.  Street food is all the rage, exploding from the coasts to the heartland and even on to reality TV this year.  Food truck fans use Twitter to make sure they can find these restaurants-on-wheels and get their hands on the cutting-edge flavors they create.  Our recipe for Indian Spiced Mini Donut Muffins, inspired by a Minneapolis food truck, is the perfect find.


MAN UP, EAT UP

beer and bacon mancakes

beer and bacon mancakes

Beer. Bacon. Good.  Beer and bacon for breakfast? Oh yes, say the manly men. And some women. With craft brewing at an all-time high, and the never-ending popularity of bacon, why not combine the two? This recipe for Mancakes covers all your basic manly food groups: beer, bacon, and pancakes. It’s the best way to serve up dude food for breakfast.

SPOT AT THE TABLE

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Puppy Treats

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Puppy Treats

Pets Are Part of the Family.  With more and more “pet parents” making dog food from scratch, man’s best friend has been promoted to a true member of the family. Get your furry friend’s tail wagging with this recipe for Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Puppy Treats.  It’s simple, and made with pet-friendly ingredients. You’ll surely get Spot’s approval, and maybe he’ll even steer clear of the dessert table.


Gifts to DIY For

Salted Chocolate Almond Fudge

Salted Chocolate Almond Fudge

Wrap Up Some Creativity.  Homemade and straight from the heart is the in thing for the creative- (and wallet-) minded gift-giving crowd.  Give your holidays the personal touch by whipping up Salted Chocolate Almond Fudge for everyone on your list.  The sweet and salty flavors in this recipe turn traditional fudge into an even more extraordinary gift that everyone will adore.

Food For a Cause

Sweet Swirl Marshmallows

Sweet Swirl Marshmallows

Feed the Soul.  This season spread the holiday spirit beyond your kitchen and into the homes of those less fortunate.  An easy way to give back at the holidays is to organize a bake sale for a local charitable organization, just like we do in Betty Crocker’s Kitchen each year!  Add a little cheer to the regular mix of bake sale items with this recipe for Sweet Swirl Marshmallows. We know they’ll be a best seller!


Kids In the Kitchen

gluten-free reindeer feed

gluten-free reindeer feed

Connect While You Cook.  The culinary craze has hit home, and everyone wants in on the kitchen action – even the youngest members of your family.  Introduce the kiddos to the world of spoons and spatulas, as well as the time-honored tradition of baking cookies for Santa.  Go a step further and get the whole family involved by making this super-simple recipe for a snack mix we like to call Reindeer Feed.  We’re sure Blitzen and the rest of the crew will love it.

Alternative Diets Go Mainstream

Hold the Gluten.  Embrace the Vegan.  Alternative diets are becoming a way of life for many – maybe even you!  However, it can still be difficult to find great-tasting foods that are gluten free or vegan.  Help everyone feel welcome at your celebrations this year by baking up tasty versions of classic holiday treats with our recipes for Gluten Free Fudge Crinkles and Vegan Sugar Cookies.

 

 

Reindeer Feed

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Start to Finish: 30 Minutes

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 cups Rice Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal
  • 1 bag (12 oz) white vanilla baking chips (2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes (14 miniature, unwrapped)

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Line cookie sheet with foil or waxed paper. Place cereal in large bowl. 
  2. In microwavable bowl, microwave white vanilla baking chips uncovered on High about 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips can be stirred smooth. Stir in half the crushed peppermint candy.
  3. Pour over cereal; toss to evenly coat. Spread mixture in single layer on cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining candy. Let stand until set, about 20 minutes. Gently break up coated cereal. Store in airtight container.


Retro Rewind

Shrimp with bourbon cocktail sauce

Shrimp with bourbon cocktail sauce

Get Back to Great.  It feels like everyone has retro fever this year, as swinging ‘60’s style continues to pop up on TVs, radios and runways.  And now the old-school new wave is invading our kitchens as well.  Create a decidedly vintage spread for your holiday shindig with fun and festive appetizers, like Shrimp with Bourbon Cocktail Sauce, that have a little retro flair. They’re a blast from the past that will bring back the memories, and the recipe requests.

Mixology MashUp

gingerbread cookie cocktail

gingerbread cookie cocktail

Cookies Meet Cocktails.  We’re loving the idea of borrowing inspiration from the hottest restaurants and creating new flavors all our own. Especially when it comes to remixing classic cocktails using fresh flavors in food as your muse. These Cookie Cocktails are the perfect way to serve up some holiday spirit at your cookie swap.


My favorite pick as a home school mom is of course, “Kids in the Kitchen.” Including kids in the kitchen is always a great way to teach science, math and of course have some great memorable moments with your kids.

The top recipe pick for this Red Hot Holiday Trend is “Reindeer Feed,” a playful take on a fun holiday snack for kids.

Now, we don’t have any Chex® or white vanilla baking chips in our house and I do not usually make a habit of deviating from our weekly shopping plans or budget just to try out a new recipe. Instead, I will do what all good cooks do and improvise.

I will be making this fun treat today with my kids using the following replacement ingredients.

We are only going to make a half a batch by the way.

  • 3 cups of Cascadian Farm honey nut o’s
  • About a tsp. of melted margarine to lightly coat the cereal (maybe less)
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • And of course, the peppermint candy canes

Have you taken part in any of these Red Hot Holiday Trends? Do you have any interesting variations on any of the recipes from Betty Crocker?