By: Alyssa Deguzman
‘Tis the season to be jolly because winter is coming. It’s officially time to put the pumpkin spice aside and bring out the gingerbread and other cozy flavors. We know the holiday season is here once we start seeing Starbucks and Dunkin switch to their seasonal limited time offered menus. Join in on the holiday fun and spread some cheer by including these elements into your menus and creations.
As the weather gets colder and the end of the year gets closer, it’s time to start warming up with classic winter flavors. While hot chocolate is one of the main winter drinks, there are other ingredients to enjoy this season. These flavorings bring warmth this time of year and can help enhance your seasonal menus.
List of Winter Flavors
If you go to any grocery store, you’ll see tons of gingerbread kits on the shelves. Decorating gingerbread houses and gingerbread people is one of the most popular winter activities, so it makes sense that it would be considered as a winter flavor. However, cookies aren’t the only thing gingerbread can be used for. It’s the best flavor for those who seek sugar and spice with everything nice.
Peppermint is one of the first flavors that comes to mind when thinking about the wintertime. It’s a signature flavor that can be found everywhere from candy canes to hot chocolate. It adds a fresh and minty taste to beverages and desserts and is a must-have on any seasonal menu.
Eggnog is one of the most popular drinks for the holidays. It has a milky taste with a hint of spice from the cinnamon and nutmeg. Mixing eggnog with your hot chocolate or lattes, and even cold drinks pairs excellently.
Hazelnut adds a sweet, creamy, and nutty taste to whatever it’s incorporated into. Whether it’s a dessert, Nutella, or a beverage, it’s a winter must have. It has a unique, yet familiar taste and has quickly become a popular trend to include into all sorts of confections from drinks to baked goods.¬
Toffee has a rich flavor that is usually incorporated into candies, desserts, and drinks. It’s a great ingredient for anyone who prefers a buttery taste and a subtly warm sweetness. Not only is it perfect for baking, but it adds an extra sense of coziness to any holiday themed drink as well.
Winter flavors complete the holiday season with their warm and comforting tastes. These flavors can be infused into baked goods, beverages, or any other creation for the season. They can also be combined with others or be on their own, either way they’re delicious.