Katie Lee: Betty Crocker's Red Hot Holiday Trends!
Not sure what to make this holiday season? Katie Lee fills you in on some helpful tips, thanks to Betty Crocker!
“The ‘Betty 10 Red Hot Holiday Trends‘ touches on some of the biggest trends I’m seeing this holiday season. The ‘Gifts To DIY for’ trend, a movement towards giving homemade treat as gifts to stretch the holiday budget, is one I truly believe in,” says the 29-year-old chef and cookbook author.
“Some of the DIY baked goods I love to make for gifts include my signature Sweet & Salty Chex Party Mix and my grandma’s Peanut Butter Balls,” she adds.
Plus, “the ‘Mixology Mashup’ trend is hot. Creating dessert-style cocktails is a great way to enhance your holiday party.”
Take a look at the complete Betty 10 Red Hot Holiday Trends list after the cut – and for recipes and how-to videos, check out BettyCrocker.com!
Betty 10 Red Hot Holiday Trends
1. Bright Colors, Playful Food: Food Is Fun Again. Food is more fun than ever. Foodie bloggers and boutique bakeries are using bright pops of color, putting cake on a stick, and introducing all sorts of creative new takes on traditional baked goods.
2. Street Eats and Tweets: 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.
3. Man Up, Eat Up: Beer. Bacon. Good. The manly man is back in a big way and along with the mostly tongue-in-cheek renaissance of macho comes the rise of Dude Food. With craft brewing at an all-time high and the popularity of bacon seemingly never ending, men (and women) are using these favorite foods in new and exciting ways.
4. Spot at the Table: Pets Are Part of the Family. Pets are more than cuddly companions; they’re truly part of the family. As a special treat, many ‘pet parents’ have started making homemade goodies for their furry family members.
5. Gifts to DIY for: Wrap Up Some Creativity. Do it yourself is the way to go this year to stretch the holiday budget. Making homemade gifts is a creative way to add a pinch of personality while also saving on holiday presents.
6. Food for a Cause: Feed The Soul. The holidays are a season of charity. Bake sales have resurfaced as a way to raise money for a variety of causes at the holidays.
7. Kids in the Kitchen: Connect While You Cook. From reality TV to gourmet cooking classes it seems like everyone wants to get creative in the kitchen, including the kids.
8. Alternative Diets Go Mainstream: Hold the Gluten. Embrace the Vegan. The number of people eating gluten free and vegan has risen steadily in the last few years. It’s everywhere from bakeries to celebrity weddings.
9. Retro Rewind: Get Back to Great. Everything old is new again with ’60s style invading entertainment and fashion this year.
10. Mixology Mashup: Cookies Meet Cocktails. Classic cocktails have never gone out of style. But now, bartenders are creating new cocktails inspired by fresh flavors and even foods themselves, like Christmas cookies.