Since 1967, picnics and reunions have characterized Memorial Day celebrations among friends and loved ones.
Before its association with delicious food and sunny skies, the observance was originally called Decoration Day because soldiers decorated the graves of fallen comrades with wreathes of flowers and flags.
“Memorial Day is a tribute to the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives to defend our nation,” says Craig Nielsen, CEO of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. “Nielsen-Massey Vanillas encourages Americans to spend quality time with friends and family as a way to honor memories and make new ones.”
Nielsen-Massey’s festive side dishes and drinks easily steal the show from the barbecue. The Loaded Baked Potato Salad combines the slight tang of Dijon mustard and rice vinegar with savory Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, adding intense flavor to the traditional picnic staple.
For a sweet and tart refreshment that ushers in fresh summertime flavor, shake up some Lemon-Lime Raspberry Twists using Nielsen-Massey’s Tahitian Pure Vanilla and Pure Lemon Extracts. The fresh orange slices and lime twists add pops of color to the fruity beverage.