New Holiday Foods Emerge JT November 17, 2011 Holiday 3 Comments I enjoy grocery shopping not only because I love to pick out all the goodies that will compose my upcoming lunches and dinners, but also because of the unending line of new products that are always popping up – this is especially true around holiday time. When I went to see Michael Pollan speak earlier this year, he said something that kind of blew my mind. He said that around 40% of the items in a grocery store are new each year. The not-so-hidden secret of the supermarket is that companies will do anything to move “new” product, whether that is giving a cracker has a new flavor, detailing the new and improved formula of a familiar peanut butter, or anything else. Needless to say, some new products are more compelling than others. Exhibit A: Chocolate Egg Nog I admit that I have a weakness for the nog, and when I saw it for the first time last weekend, I knew that the holidays were really here. I love how its sweet thickness coats my pipes like a holiday-themed Pepto. Delicious. What I was less enthusiastic about was seeing an adulterated form of this seasonal nectar, spiked with chocolate. Yuk. There is a reason you have never seen a recipe with chocolate and nutmeg. Another unnecessary product. Exhibit B: Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese I have never been a fan of anything but the original flavor here, with the possible exception of chive cream cheese. I realize that it is November, and by legal obligation, all food products must have a pumpkin flavor option, but enough is enough. Nothing involving pumpkin belongs anywhere near a bagel, and only the laziest slacker would use it in a pumpkin cheesecake. Fail, part deux. Am I missing anything here? Do these products sound appealing to you? Now there are a bunch of great seasonal products out there… so what holiday-inspired food do you particularly love? Which ones do you detest? The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts JT Latest posts by JT (see all) Starbucks Enters New Beverage Territory - August 1, 2013 Dole’s Banana Dippers Look Promising - July 7, 2013 Time For Summer Food - June 20, 2013 3 Responses Sarah November 17th, 2011 Whatchoo talkin’ bout, Willis? Unnecessary, my tucchus! https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1280&bih=685&q=chocolate+eggnog+recipe Reply Kmitbu November 18th, 2011 What?! First, I don’t think pumpkin cream cheese is a new product. My family has been purchasing it for many years. Second, it’s delicious. Third, did you try doing a Google search for chocolate and nutmeg? Because I’ve seen plenty of recipes that have chocolate and nutmeg in them. Reply JT November 18th, 2011 Sarah – now that is the next level – hot chocolate egg nog [shivers]… Kmitbu – you will notice in the post where I link to a bunch of chocolate/nutmeg recipes. I didn’t know they existed, but found out when I did a search before I wrote the post. It still doesn’t sound quite right to me. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.