Nov 21, 2011 • By

10 “Red Hot” food trends

For the second year, Betty Crocker has put together a great list of food trends worth watching this holiday season. The “Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends” cover desserts to drinks, and have inspired a collection of new recipes from the Betty Crocker Kitchens.

You can find those recipes on BettyCrocker.com, along with great photos, for each trend outlined below. Some even have videos, featuring Kristen Olson, a food editor in the Betty Crocker Kitchens.

The Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011 include:

Double Desserts

Taking two desserts and mixing and mashing them together is one of our favorite trends. Things like pie shakes, cookie stuffed cookies, and pie-filled cupcakes deliver a whole new kind of delicious.

Boozy Baking

From booze cakes to cocktail pies, bakers everywhere are bringing the bar into the kitchen. A titch of tequila or a skosh of scotch whiskey adds a serious shot of fun and flavor for the over 21 crowd.

Color. Flavor. Fun.

Traditional baked goods are being transformed with bright colors and playful flavors. With a little creativity and imagination, no one can resist this happy and fun food!

From Cave to Kitchen

Forget the man cave. Today, guys are in the kitchen making (or at least appreciating) really good food. Big food. Really good, big food that’s stacked and stuffed with the flavors they can’t resist.

Skinny Cocktails

Here’s the skinny! Drinking high-calorie cocktails is so last year. The modern mixologist is shaking things up with light and flavorful cocktails.

Better Than Bought

From canning to candy making, there’s a renewed interest in handcrafted foods. This season, homemade food gifts are just the right thing to show your care and creativity.

Veggie Love

Once just tolerated, vegetables are now celebrated. Omnivores and herbivores alike have discovered that veggies offer variety and great taste and are feeling the love.

Shareworthy & Allergen-Friendly

Allergen-friendly foods may be free from things like nuts, dairy and eggs, but they shouldn’t be free from flavor. Thankfully, we’re seeing new foods and recipes that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you’re allergy-sensitive or not.

D-I-Y for D-O-G

Man’s best friend deserves man’s best effort. That’s why making your own dog food is one of the latest canine crazes. This year, homemade dog treats are at the top of Fido’s list.

Food Craft

The kitchen is the new craft room. With food as their medium, clever cooks are making amazing edible food crafts that are as good to look at as they are to eat.

Visit BettyCrocker.com for recipes, videos and more information on The Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011.