LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, Mass., Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With Valentine's Day less than a week away, don't wait until the day before to rush to the nearest convenience store to stock-up on candy, chocolate and flowers. Ocean Spray has helped Americans celebrate holiday traditions for more than 80 years, and Valentine's Day is no exception. Because the way to a loved one's heart is through the stomach, the grower owned cooperative is providing a little direction for lost Valentines with a roadmap of tart, tangy and tasty recipe ideas – complete with a splash of festive cranberry red.
"Although many people think of the cranberry as a fall fruit, Valentine's Day is a perfect time to be creative with cranberries in the kitchen," said Cindy Taccini, senior test kitchen manager at Ocean Spray. "From Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail, to Chocolate-Covered Craisins®, to Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce, these items are an easy way to add a splash of red to your meal from cocktails through dessert."
Start the night off by sipping on a lovely elixir such as the Love Potion cocktail or Cranberry Kiss mocktail, combining the power of Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail with a refreshing splash of citrus. These bright-hued drinks not only fit the Valentine theme perfectly with a pop of romantic red, but they also taste good and are good for you.
For your main course, try something colorful and simple. Using Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce as a glaze over roast chicken, the Cranberry Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes allows you to spend more time with your honey instead of slaving away in the kitchen with a taste that screams hours of preparation.
For the grand finale, think out of the box – chocolate box that is – by sprucing up traditional chocolate with the color of your heart and whip-up Ocean Spray's Outrageous Chocolate Cranberry Fudge Cake. It not only exudes effort, but the combination of rich chocolate and tangy cranberry will be sure to have him or her coming back for seconds. Or, turn after dinner time into an activity and buy a fondue set – Ocean Spray's Cranberry Raspberry Fondue is the perfect soul warming experience.
For more recipes for your sweetheart, visit www.oceanspray.com. Cranberry lovers can also connect with Ocean Spray at www.facebook.com/oceanspray and www.twitter.com/oceansprayinc for info on giveaways, contests and special offers in the coming months.
About Ocean Spray
Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry growers in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and other parts of Canada as well as more than 50 Florida grapefruit growers. Ocean Spray was formed 80 years ago by three cranberry growers from Massachusetts and New Jersey. Florida grapefruit growers joined the Cooperative in 1976. Ocean Spray is North America's leading producer of canned and bottled juices and juice drinks, and has been the best-selling brand name in the canned and bottled juice category since 1981. Ocean Spray posted fiscal 2010 gross sales of $2.05 billion and net proceeds of $340 million.
SOURCE Ocean Spray