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What makes a trend red hot? When it's exciting, it's fresh and making its mark from coast to coast. Our Betty Crocker Kitchen Experts have selected ten trends that will be red hot for 2012 and created delicious recipes to bring each one to life.
Sweet Surprises
Bakers are always looking for ways to put a twist on traditional sweets. This year, secret ingredients, hidden surprises and revealing colors are on the menu.
Recipe
A fun new twist on the classic sandwich cookie.
Beer Craft
Here’s what’s on tap: beer with big flavor. As craft breweries enjoy a resurgence across the country, food lovers are getting in on the trend too—from experimenting with home brewing to cooking and baking with beer.
Recipes
A craveable, giftable trio of popcorn spiked with brown ale, stout and India pale ale.
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 confections that take layers to the extreme.
Recipe
An 18-layer stunner that’s surprisingly simple to make.
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 flavor.
Recipe
A party-ready appetizer piled high with Indian-spiced roasted veggies and fresh mozzarella.
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
Jolly snowmen-on-a-stick made by Betty’s friend Bakerella.
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
Ganache-filled mini cakes make the perfect gluten-free gift.
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’re making meals and memories.
Recipes
An Elf on the Shelf®-friendly snack mix
the whole family can make together
Comfort-Food Remix
There are endless takes on our favorite comfort foods, and breakfast is no exception. Restaurants, food trucks and home cooks alike are waking up to flavorful new ideas inspired by a.m. favorites.
Recipe
Indulgent breakfast pastry meets warm and cozy apple crisp.
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! Aromatic bitters are this season’s must-have ingredient.
Recipe
Delicious cheesecake gets a flavorful update from bourbon and aromatic bitters.
Punched-Up Punch
This year, punch is back on the menu at creative cocktail bars nationwide. Big-batch cocktails have a renewed focus on flavor and are perfect for the holiday host who wants to step out from behind the bar and enjoy the party.
Recipe
A fruity, bubbly big-batch cocktail.
Top Dog
Bonus Trend
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
Cute, extra-easy treats for four-legged friends.
2012 Trends
Want more inspiration? Check out what food ideas made our red hot collection in years past!
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