Third Annual Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends by Betty Crocker

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Betty Crocker Spotlights Food Trends that are Hot for the Holidays

Third Annual Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends Launches as a Must-Have, Insider’s Guide to Fun, Trendy Food Ideas; Angie “Bakerella” Dudley Shares an Exclusive Cake Pop Recipe created for Betty Crocker’s Fans

‘Tis the season to make the 2012 holidays full of cheer — and there’s no better way to do that than with festive treats inspired by the creative minds at the Betty Crocker Kitchens.

The Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends spotlight the year’s hottest food trends, each with a delicious new recipe that adds a fresh twist to the holiday festivities. Whether food lovers are entertaining guests at home or bringing must-have treats to a party, Betty Crocker is helping them this holiday season with ideas and recipes inspired by today’s hottest trends.

For more on these Red Hot Holiday Trends, please visit www.BettyCrocker.com/redhot.

The third annual Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends include the following food ideas:

 Trend: Sweet Surprises

Bakers are always looking for ways to give a twist to traditional sweets. This year, secret ingredients, hidden surprises and revealing colors are on the menu.

Recipe: Alfajores Hidden Surprise Cookies

  • Alfajores Hidden Surprise Cookies
    Alfajores Hidden Surprise Cookies

Put a new twist on an old classic by stacking these Argentinean-inspired sandwich cookies triple high and adding a secret pocket filled with sweet surprises.

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Trend: Layers. Layers. Layers.

This year has been all about layers, in everything from food to fashion. Even the classic layer cake has been reimagined, as cake lovers revel in colorful cakes that take layers to the extreme.

Recipe: 18 Layer Red Velvet Cake

18 Layer Red Velvet Cake
18 Layer Red Velvet Cake

Take your holiday celebration to impressive new heights! Once you cut into this stunning cake, guests will go gaga over all 18 layers. You don’t have to reveal how easy it is to make. We won’t tell.

Trend: Comfort Food Remix

There are endless takes on our favorite comfort foods, and breakfast is no exception. Restaurants, food trucks and home cooks are waking up to flavorful new ideas inspired by a.m. favorites.

Recipe: Caramel Apple Crisp Tarts

Caramel Apple Crisp Tarts
Caramel Apple Crisp Tarts

Indulgent breakfast pastry meets warm and cozy apple crisp in these decadent, doable tarts, perfect for holiday brunch.

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Trend: Spirited Kitchen

Cooks and bakers everywhere are raiding the bar to add shots of flavor and amp up the fun in their creations. But they’re not just reaching for booze! Bitters are this season’s must-have ingredient.

Recipe: Chocolate Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake

Chocolate Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake
Chocolate Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake

Just when you thought cheesecake couldn’t get any more delicious, we added a flavorful update from the bar: a shot of bourbon and a few dashes of aromatic bitters. The perfect end to a special meal.

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Trend: Gluten Free for All

Gluten free baking has come a long way. Creative new foods and decadent treats that EVERYONE can enjoy are on the table this holiday season.

Recipe: Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle Cakes

Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle Cakes
Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle Cakes

These indulgent mini cakes are inspired by our favorite holiday treat – chocolate truffles. They’re filled and topped with ganache and sprinkled with crystallized ginger, pistachios and cacao nibs. Wrap up these tiny treats for the perfect gluten free gift.

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Trend: Beer Craft

Here’s what’s on tap: beer with flavor. Craft breweries are enjoying a resurgence and building community, one pint at a time. Home brewers and food lovers alike are getting in on this trend too, as more and more are brewing, cooking and baking at home with beer.

Beer Caramel Corn Trio

Beer Caramel Corn T
Beer Caramel Corn Trio

Our craveable, very giftable trio of popcorn is spiked with three different kinds of beer: brown ale, stout and India pale ale. It is a perfect gift for the hard-to-shop-for guys on your list.

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Recipe: Chocolate Stout Caramel Corn

Stout beer, roasted almonds and plenty of milk chocolate chunks make this caramel popcorn an irresistible snack.

Recipe: India Pale Ale Caramel Corn

Sweet caramel popcorn gets spiked and spiced with a pour of IPA beer and a hint of garam masala.

Recipe: Brown Ale Caramel Corn

This salty-sweet mix has all the highlights of happy hour: popcorn, pretzels, cocktail peanuts and beer.

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Trend: Global Flavor Mashup

From Mexican street food to Korean barbecue, interest in global cuisines continues to grow. And this year, mashups are the ultimate taste sensation in the never-ending search for more and more flavor.

Recipe: Roasted Squash and Sweet Potato Flatbread

Roasted Squash & Sweet Potato Flatbread
Roasted Squash & Sweet Potato Flatbread

Piled high with Indian-spiced roasted vegetables and fresh mozzarella, then topped with salted pistachios and cilantro, this hand-held appetizer is the life of the party.

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Trend: Punched Up Punch

This year, punch is back on the menu at creative cocktail bars across the country. Batch cocktails like punch have a renewed focus on flavor and are perfect for the holiday host who wants to step out from behind the bar.

Recipe: Sparkling Ginger Hard Apple Cider

This fruity, sparkly, bubbly, big-batch cocktail gets its signature kick from hard cider, bourbon and ginger liqueur. It’s a modern take on punch that’s perfect for entertaining.

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Trend: Family Kitchen

Families are getting creative in the kitchen, with adults and kids using playful recipes as a way to connect over food and craft.  Together, they are making so much more than food – they’re making memories.

Recipe: Elf Food

Elf Food
Elf Food

A surefire way to lure elves from their hiding spots: combine candy sprinkles, maple syrup and tiny doughnuts (made from Cheerios!) for an irresistible mix.

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Trend: Cake Pops on Top

Cake and creativity are the key ingredients needed to make adorable cake pops. Whimsical designs and sweet decorations add fun and personality to these cute confections. And no one does cake pops better than blogger and best-selling cookbook author Bakerella.

Recipe: Bakerella’s Snowman Cake Pops

Snowmen Cake Pops
Snowmen Cake Pops

Betty’s friend Bakerella created these jolly snowmen (with two eyes made out of sprinkles, not coal) that are almost too cute to eat. Almost.

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BONUS Trend: Top Dog

It’s clear that for many, pets are family.  From upscale ‘barkery’ treats to homemade canine cookies – man’s best friend is living (and eating up) the good life.

Recipe: Paw Print Dog Treats

Paw Print Dog Treats
Paw Print Dog Treats

Bow wow! These super cute, extra-easy treats – featuring paw prints made with melted carob and peanut butter – will be your pup’s new favorite.

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