|McCormick® Identifies Must-Have Flavors this Holiday Season|
“Seasonal Seven” Offer Endless Sweet & Savory Possibilities to Make Meals Distinct and Memorable
SPARKS, Md. (October 25, 2012) – While Americans enjoy many festive dishes during the holidays, trend data shows that just seven flavors provide the true taste for the most sought-after recipes(1). McCormick, a global leader in flavor, is calling them the “Seasonal Seven” — cinnamon, nutmeg, poultry seasoning, ginger, sage, vanilla and peppermint. These sweet and savory flavors are synonymous with the season — roast turkey with the inviting aroma of sage, sweet potatoes coupled with the warmth of cinnamon and holiday sugar cookies infused with the unmistakable taste of vanilla.
“The holiday season isn’t the same without these seven spices, herbs and extracts,” says Chef Mark Garcia of the McCormick Kitchens. “They’re distinct, memorable and extremely versatile. These flavors are the essence of the most popular recipes for that perfect Thanksgiving dinner, weekend brunch, casual cocktail party and neighborhood cookie exchange. Nutmeg, one of my personal favorites, is a classic in eggnog and cookies — and it also adds depth to savory sides like Roasted Harvest Vegetables.”
At the core of an unforgettable meal is vibrant, high quality ingredients that are at their peak of flavor, and this is especially important during the holidays, when families and friends gather to celebrate the year’s most festive occasions.
“While planning your holiday grocery lists, take a moment to inspect your spices. Ideally, spices and herbs should be replaced every two to three years to retain their peak flavor,” adds Garcia. “Check the ‘best buy’ date on the bottle or do the sight and smell test. Look for vibrant color and crush the spice in your hands to make sure the aroma is still strong.”
A Taste of the Seasonal Seven
Also try: Sage Cheese Toasts 6 Ways, Sage and Cranberry Crab Cakes, Sage and Cheddar Potato Gratin
Also try: Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread, Spiced Cider, Snickerdoodle Cookies
Also try: Classic Herb Stuffing, Turkey/Chicken Pot Pie, Wild Rice Stuffing
Also try: Glazed Brussels Sprouts, Ginger-Glazed Carrots, Gingerbread Men Cookies
Also try: Pecan Cookie Balls, Cheesy Bacon and Egg Casserole, Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies
Also try: Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Sugar Cookies
Also try: Double Chocolate Chunk Mint Cookies, Peppermint Hot Mocha, Peppermintini
Serving Up Inspiration All Season Long
To kick-start menu planning, visit the Look Book on McCormick.com, a visual archive of mouthwatering seasonal recipes from the McCormick Kitchens. “Heart” your favorites on the Look Book or pin them to your Pinterest boards to create a personalized digital scrapbook that keeps all your holiday inspiration in one place.
Find more flavorful recipes and festive tips at McCormick.com, Facebook.com/McCormickSpice or Pinterest.com/McCormickSpices.
To download food photography, visit the digital press room at www.mccormick.com/foodmedia.
 Based on U.S. spice category sales (IRI November & December 2009-2011) and popular recipe views at mccormick.com (November & December 2011 – 3 million recipe views)