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When you get Zojirushi for a present, you're beyond jolly--you're zolly! That's because anything we make, from rice cookers to travel mugs, is going to put a big grin on whoever you give it to. And it's going to put a smile on your face too, because you'll know they're going to be happy. Here's our annual gift selection to get you ready for the holidays. Bring the joy with Zojirushi!
We also have some festive favorites from our kitchen. Try these and get your family into the holiday mood!
Perfect for your party table, this refreshing dish uses traditional cranberries to bring this rice salad to life. Green onions, red cranberries, and white rice--holiday colors seasoned with ginger and orange juice. So good!
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Whether you want a healthier burger, or you're searching for a good Thanksgiving leftover recipe, our turkey burger is a tasty answer to your holiday cooking. If you bake the bagel yourself at home, this burger becomes even more awesome!
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This is French Toast done right. What can be better for a winter brunch than toast on a griddle, soaked in seasonal eggnog and spiked with fragrant spices like cinnamon and nutmeg? Try this on a holiday morning and watch the smiles happen!
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Have you ever wondered? This traditional holiday drink isn't for everyone, but for those who love it, it's like being addicted to pumpkin spice (which also has its fanatics). Traditional eggnog is supposed to contain raw eggs, but these days their use is somewhat restricted because of health concerns--so no raw eggs. But it does often have alcohol in it, like rum, brandy, vodka, cognac or whiskey. Maybe that's why so many people love it! Other ingredients are milk or cream, sugar and whipped eggs. You'll also see it topped with nutmeg, cinnamon or other spices when served at a holiday feast.
Most historians believe that the name "eggnog" came from the "egg" inside, of course, and the "nog", which was a strong kind of beer that originated in eastern England. It's also thought that the "nog" was short for "noggin", which was a Middle English term for a carved wooden drinking mug. Either way, the drink started as a wintertime drink for the English aristocracy, the only people able to afford the expensive ingredients, not to mention the brandy or wine that was used as a preservative. Eventually eggnog crossed the Atlantic and became popular in America too, although it was spiked with the less costly rum at the time. Eggnog was regarded as a special drink and saved for special holidays like Christmas, which started the tradition.
Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL as it's known by its loyal fans, got started back in 2003 and was popularized by coffee giant Starbucks®. At the time, the coffee maker was trying to find a drink to expand its winter seasonal menu, to go beyond eggnog lattes and peppermint mochas. The pumpkin flavor wasn't overly popular when they tested it, but they were intrigued by the vacuum in the market for anything pumpkin. Eventually a winning recipe was developed after figuring out that the mixture of spices is what set up the pumpkin flavor.
Everyone is on the PSL bandwagon today--and following Starbucks'® lead, the fact that it is marketed as a seasonal beverage and only available on a limited basis, doesn't hurt its popularity either. Indeed, over 72% of Americans consume holiday beverages like pumpkin spice lattes once the colder months start. To many of us, when these drinks start appearing from the beginning of November, it marks the start of a season. And the biggest consumers? Our Millennials, who drink seasonal beverages at least once a week, compared to adults over age 35 who do not.* So Pumpkin Spice is the new Eggnog?
*source: Delta Dental Plans survey 2015
Pour your favorite drink in the newly released mug and take it on the go.