Something for everyone, from functional to flirty. Non-alcoholic beverages are on the rise. According to NielsenIQ, sales of non-alcoholic beverages jumped 32% in the past year, while non-alcohol spirits have grown 114% during the same period. Pairing beverages with dessert enhances the after-dinner experience, complementing a slice of pie or contrasting the cheesecakes flavor. Coupling something bold and new with a classic – tried and true – is a great way to embrace trends while catering to your guests curiosity and cravings. Popular Pairings for Every Stage of the Menu Adoption Cycle […]
SWEET STREET DESSERTS ANNOUNCES SHARE SWEETNESS: DRIVE-THRU DESSERT GIVEAWAY
Editors note: The event was held on December 19th, 2020. READING, PA – December 14th 2020- Sweet Street Desserts, Reading, PA based bakery, announced that a free dessert giveaway for the public will take place Saturday, December 19th from Noon-4pm, or while supplies last. The event will take place at FirstEnergy Stadium, home to the Reading Fightin Phils. “For 41 years, Sweet Street has called Reading, PA home,” said Sandy Solmon, Sweet Streets’ Founder/CEO. “Giving back to our city has always been our passion; through art and educational programs, community projects. While we support hundreds of non-profit organizations locally, this […]
Just Beet It…
Our sugar silos are only filled with PURE CANE SUGAR…which is inherently non-gmo. But did you know that beet sugar is the most commonly used sugar commercially AND tops the list of most common genetically modified crops? All sugar beets and sugar beet products are now genetically modified in the United States. Sugar beet farmers voted to adopt GMO beets as a unanimous decision, leaving no non-GMO beet options in the United States. Most beets are grown in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. This decision impacts sugar, as well, since almost 50% of sugar in the United States comes from […]
Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla
While “Bourbon” is most widely associated with the whiskey, this vanilla is alcohol-free. Grown on Madagascar, Réunion this vanilla is commonly known as “Bourbon vanilla” after the former name of Reunion, IIe Bourbon. Bourbon vanilla beans from Madagascar are superior, with flavor and aromatic qualities that make Madagascar vanilla beans the most popular and sought after vanilla variety. We use a proprietary formula, developed by our team of R&D Chefs, of pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla throughout all of our bakery products, including our award-winning Manifesto Cookies and Bars. “ According to popular belief, the Totonac people, who inhabit the east […]
Sustainable Chocolate, a Labor of Love. – Sandy’s Journey to Peru.
Editors note: As the consumer demand for chocolate grows, so do the pressures of production for the many small producers; working in harsh, tropical conditions and many times struggling to make a living wage. Supporting the sustainable farming of these crops is vital to the global industry and to the livelihood of the farmers and their communities. Many of us may never have the opportunity to personally meet the farmer that cultivated the fields from which that yummy, sustainable chocolate brownie – we enjoyed this afternoon – came from however, we can come closer to appreciating its real-life impact through […]
Celebrate Fall Flavors like No One Else
Sometimes a flavor trend proves to be more than just a trend—meaning, it takes its place as an established favorite within the food landscape. One could definitely make this argument about the popularity of pumpkin, especially in the fall and winter seasons. The proliferation of pumpkin flavors has skyrocketed in recent years, from lattes and beers to candies and confectionaries. And it shows no signs of stopping. Sales of pumpkin-flavored foods rose 11.6 percent in the last year alone according to Nielsen (to $361 million). But as pumpkin-flavored foods begin to enter the “maturity” phase of the product lifecycle, the […]
Skip the forks and spoons—serve these desserts with a straw.
Keeping your dessert menu innovative and fresh sometimes calls for a little outside-the-box thinking. Or maybe a better way to put it is: a little inside-the-glass thinking. Yes, it’s time to consider all the luscious possibilities of drinkable desserts. The most classic of all drinkable desserts is, of course, the milkshake. And while it’s not particularly innovative on its own merits, what you add to a milkshake can take this dessert experience to a whole new level of sophistication. Sweet Street desserts blend deliciously into shakes—from our cakes and pies to our cookies and bars. And the options range from […]
Desserts with fruits: one more reason to love summer.
It only makes sense that desserts with fruits are most popular during the summertime. For starters, favorite dessert fruits such as lemons and berries are at their peak of freshness in the favorable warm weather. What’s more, their zest and tanginess add a refreshingly light flavor profile that perfectly complements the season. So what’s the best way to highlight fruit on your dessert menu? Let’s start with lemons. Sweet Street offers several products that entice dessert lovers with the allure of this citrus superstar. Our Lemon Cake with Meyer Lemon Curd uses lemonade as its inspiration, layering cool lemon mousseline […]
Snacking, the new dessert sales hot spot.
The old adage of three square meals a day is in need of a major refresh. Today, snack occasions are almost as prevalent as meal occasions (49% vs. 51%).1 And a whopping 83% of consumers report snacking on a daily basis.2 Many factors have contributed to the growing popularity snacking: on-the-go lifestyles, more people living (and eating) alone, and the hunger for new experiences, just to name a few. But perhaps a better question than why snacking is so popular today is how restaurant operators can take advantage of this growing opportunity. After all, more eating occasions mean more chances […]
Desserts with Berries! Bursting with Possibilities!
Just how popular are berries in American households? Well, consider the fact that they’ve now surpassed both apples and bananas in grocery sales as reported by the Global Berry Congress 2015. The growing consumer demand for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and other “soft fruits” creates a huge opportunity for restaurant operators as well. Not surprisingly, desserts are at the top of the list when it comes to leveraging the popularity of berries, as their fresh tartness makes a natural complement to traditional sweet dessert flavors. “Fruit” is already the third most popular dessert flavor mentioned on menus today,1 and Sweet Street […]
Cakes are made to be celebrated.
What is it about cake that seems to make it synonymous with celebration? The modern tradition of enjoying cake on birthdays is believed to have originated in Germany during the 1,400’s. And brides and grooms have celebrated with cake on their wedding day for at least as long. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. The sweet, baked goodie is a festive treat that can put a smile on anyone’s face. And its common “sheet” preparation method is ideal for sharing among large gatherings of people. Of course, the appreciation of cake goes far beyond these traditional celebrations. […]
Sweet Street takes caramel to a whole new level of cravable.
The debate over how to pronounce caramel may rage on forever. Is it CAR-mull? Or CARE-uh-mell? Either way, one thing’s for sure: caramel is a hugely popular treat that mixes perfectly into a host of decadent dessert possibilities. To fully appreciate the magic of caramel, let’s start with a brief chemistry lesson. According to Wikipedia, the process of caramelization consists of heating sugar slowly to around 340°F. This process removes water from the sugar and causes the molecules to break down. The sugar then reforms into a new compound with a characteristic color and flavor. Cooking the sugar at just […]