Spicing Up Life

As a freelance food and nutrition writer, I often am invited to food industry events. Today’s field trip was to a lunch sponsored by McCormick®, the folks whose spices you probably have in your kitchen. Each year, McCormick joins with cooks to create the McCormick® Flavor Forecast, a snapshot of tastes for the new year. My favorite flavor pairing for 2008 is chile pepper and cocoa, the combination found in Mexican mole sauce (and in my chocolate chip cookies to which I accidentally added chili powder instead of cinnamon). We tasted a delicious chocolate and chile gelato which you can create at home by stirring chili powder into softened chocolate ice cream and refreezing until firm. Check out McCormick’s website for all 10 flavor pairings, plus recipes.

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