This Thanksgiving, some desserts are going to look and taste a little different, according to a new survey from McCormick. Classic desserts are beginning to reflect the growing number of cooks in the kitchen, who are getting more creative with new flavors, ingredients and preparations.
While the majority of Americans still want the turkey to taste the same, the survey revealed 38 percent want to change up their desserts. Add that two-thirds of adults are now helping cook the big feast – including one in every two men – and it's clear the Thanksgiving meal is turning into a melting pot of flavors and dishes, evolving from a time when one person planned and prepared a classic meal with mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
"Sides and desserts are often made by different people - whether it's a neighbor, a cousin or a friend – and they tend to add their personality to the dish," said Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens. "That might include using cayenne pepper in a great aunt's sweet potato recipe or searching Pinterest for new flavors, like butterscotch, to make a more decadent pumpkin pie."
Regional differences are also impacting flavors and dishes. For example, Midwesterners are most likely to change up their menus by adding an entirely new dish. And, those in the West and South are more likely to celebrate with a mixture of friends and family from different backgrounds, bringing their own heritage flavors to recipes.
Flavorful Desserts Prepared in New Ways – Of the Americans changing up dessert, 63 percent want to add new flavors and 29 percent are eager to switch up how it's prepared. Here are some new ideas from McCormick:
Mini Pumpkin Pies, Easy Mini Apple Pies and Pecan Pie Bites – Use a muffin tin to prepare these delectable mini pies, perfect for a holiday buffet table – no slicing required.
Prepare Vanilla, Cocoa Cinnamon or Eggnog whipped creams using extracts and food color so that guests can choose their own topping.
Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Bread Pudding – Coconut milk, apple pie spice and vanilla extract combine in this sweet streusel-topped bread pudding.
Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue – A Southern favorite, this richly spiced pie – made using cinnamon and ginger – is topped with a fluffy mound of meringue that's toasted golden brown.