‘Tis the season for family gatherings, festive treats, and a menu overflowing with holiday cheer! Find inspiration in the classics as you develop your seasonal offerings. Draw on nostalgic winter flavors and warm your customers’ hearts while you’re filling their bellies. At the same time, look for opportunities to add innovative twists to your customers’ favorites – wow them by adding delicious sauces, dressings, dips, or icings to beloved holiday treats. Whether you’re pining for pomegranate, sighing over cinnamon, or simply craving classic chocolate, we can help you infuse some serious yum into this festive season.
A White (Chocolate) Christmas
This trendy flavor has experienced a boost in popularity! With its creamy cocoa butter base and ivory color, white chocolate makes for a scrumptious blank canvas. Brighten it up with some festive winter flavors to spark your customers’ memories of Christmases of yore. Our blissful custom-made White Chocolate Icing complements a variety of holiday-ready sweet treats.
- Sugar & Spice – Gingerbread muffins are packed with nostalgic flavors. Balance notes of ginger, cinnamon, clove, and molasses with smooth sweetness, by topping them with our melt-in-your-mouth White Chocolate Icing. Gingerbread’s time-honored history pairs beautifully with a timeless flavor like white chocolate.
- Holidays on a Roll – What would a cinnamon roll be without lavish icing on top? Slather our White Chocolate Icing on your cinnamon roll cake to add both sweetness and an irresistibly creamy texture. You can’t go wrong with a combo of warm cinnamon and delectable white chocolate.
- Red, White, and Wonderful – With their distinctive crimson color, red velvet whoopie pies already scream Christmas! Pair your pies’ rich cocoa flavor with a White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing to satisfy consumers’ craving for this tried-and-true flavor combination. It’s a classic for a reason, after all!
Hot Drinks for Happy Holidays
A delicious milky drink made from ground almonds, tiger nuts, or rice, horchata is immensely popular in Spain and Latin America. The flavor explorers on our culinary team combine horchata with chocolate and then infuse it with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg to add to its mild spicy flavor and warmth. Our Horchata Chocolate Syrup adds festive charm to create buzzworthy cappuccinos and Americanos.
Or, even makes a heavenly hot cocoa? The milky flavor and warm spices will delight fans of this cold-weather favorite – a perfect drink to sip after an afternoon of sledding, ice-skating, or building snowmen! Another excellent option for hot drinks is our rich and creamy Hickory Bourbon Maple Syrup. Its nutty flavor carries a hint of smoky vanilla, giving depth to milk-based hot drinks like vanilla lattes, mochas, and hot chocolates that will warm up their winter, inside and out!
Fruity & Sweet as a Sugarplum
Kindle memories of past holidays by taking fruits connected with the winter season and giving them a fun twist. If you like crisp apples, you’ll love our Salted Caramel Apple Dip. Use it to bring holiday magic to fresh apple slices – or drizzle it over pies, cookies, or brownies. The salt balances the sweetness of the caramel, and the apple will add a juicy bite! Speaking of juice, everyone looks forward to the delightfully bright punch of flavor provided by fresh citrus in wintertime. To differentiate, explore the new rising flavor of Blood Orange that’s tart and juicy. It effortlessly brightens up your crème brûlée, adds a depth to your upside-down cake, or jazz up your classic buttermilk pancakes. Deliciously appealing!
Festive Fruits for Savory Dishes
Just because fruits are filled with natural sugars, that doesn’t mean they should be reserved for super-sweet desserts. Add trendy fruits like pomegranate and yuzu to your savory products to add a burst of fruity sweetness.
Our Pomegranate Ginger Sauce brings tartness, sweetness, and a spicy zing to dishes like oven-roasted flakey salmon and seared scallop salad. Toss it with chicken to create a flavorful sticky pomegranate ginger chicken. Boasting the sweetness of an orange and the floral tartness of a grapefruit, yuzu is also an excellent choice. Did you know that this bright yellow fruit is associated with the winter solstice in Japan? Our Yuzu Chimichurri will elevate your tried-and-true sirloin, adding a tart and sour taste profile to round out its crave-able umami flavor. Another fantastic option is our Yuzu Ponzu Sauce, this is light and thin, citrusy and smoky that makes it a delicious dip for sushi or roasted vegetables and drizzle for Japanese rice.
Cinnamon, Spice, & Everything Nice
Though best known as an ingredient for desserts, cinnamon provides an aromatic earthiness and spicy sweetness that works wonderfully with savory dishes, too. Our Greek Cinnamon Tomato Sauce offers a warmth and subtle sweetness that can transform your pasta from simple to exquisite. Would you like to add some winter flavors to your succulent ham or comforting roast beef dishes? Top them with our Apple Cinnamon BBQ Glaze, which delivers festive flavors and a rich golden color. Fruity and sweet, yet also spicy and warm, this glaze can help you reimagine your favorite meaty dishes.
Or, if you’re looking for a lighter option, check out our Cinnamon Balsamic Vinaigrette. Toss it with roasted nuts, crisp apple, bitter kale, and caramelized sweet potato in a festive winter salad or harvest grain bowl. Your customers will welcome the fresh combination of traditional holiday flavor with nutritious veggies.
Finally, speaking of spice, let’s talk about the most widely traded spice in the world: peppercorn! Its robust flavor and earthy warmth make a perfect complement to creamy, flour-based sauces. For example, our Creamy Peppercorn Gravy is both comforting and full of lively, spicy flavor. Add some umami to the mix with our Mushroom and Peppercorn Gravy – the woodsy, meaty flavor of the mushroom contrasts with the spicy peppercorn. Both of these peppercorn-spiced gravies make a winning combination when paired with an elegant, fork-tender filet mignon. Are you hungry yet?
Tap into your customers’ excitement for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and the entire holiday season by embracing classic winter flavors and turning them on their head. At the same time, don’t hesitate to introduce them to fusion flavors that offers familiar tastes with a kick of adventurous flavors like cinnamon with balsamic or ginger-pomegranate. With the right flavor combinations, you can enrich their reminiscence of past holiday seasons, while also building new memories to cherish for years to come.