Today we celebrate a sacred day in our Sweet Street community. That day is National Chocolate Day. Our friend, sweet, glorious and rich chocolate. Here’s a little history of this craveable ingredient, found in many of our desserts, and why we just can’t get enough of it. Brief History Chocolate, as you may well know, comes from the cocoa bean, which have been growing on trees in South and Central America for over 100 million years. Cocoa trees started growing in the lower slopes of the Andes Mountains. They live in hot and rainy areas close to the Equator. The cocoa beans […]
2018 FABI Award Recipients Announced
[Editors note: For the second year in a row, our Manifesto® desserts have received the Food and Beverage award. Last year we won for both our Individually Wrapped Manifesto® Cookies & Bars and our Manifesto® Bake-off cookies. This year, we are again honored to receive this award for our newest individually wrapped dessert. Our Honduran Chocolate Manifesto® Brownie is Certified Gluten-Free and is baked with only cage-free eggs, our own blend of gluten-free flour, sustainable chocolates and ingredients free of gmo’s and artificial additives–yet the star of these irresistible brownies is the purely dark Honduran chocolate. Sourced from a small […]
Manifesto Desserts- Treat Yo Self!
Time to Think of You The past couple months you’ve only been thinking of others and now it’s finally time to think of yourself and what you would enjoy this holiday season. It’s a wonderful time of the year to indulge in sweet delights, but guiltless treats are the best way to enjoy yourself now. Take time to experience Sweet Street’s individually wrapped Manifesto™ all-natural Cookies and Bars. You Won’t Know What’s Missing Every batch of freshly baked Manifesto desserts is made from simple ingredients befitting of your pantry. Mixed with only pure cane sugar, cage-free eggs and sustainably grown […]
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 […]
Shareable Desserts…Enough Lusciousness To Go Around
A restaurant table is an open invitation for people to gather together and share. Good times. Spirited conversation. And of course, great food. The dessert occasion is particularly ideal for sharing, as the rich and enticing flavors are even sweeter when enjoyed in the company of friends and loved ones. Not surprisingly, this creates a great opportunity to offer larger dessert formats that are easily shared among multiple guests. Sweet Street offers many dessert options that are worthy of the “extra-large” moniker, by virtue of both their actual size and their mega lusciousness. So explore some of the decadent possibilities—and […]
The Magic of Chocolate Discovered
Over the past few years on this blog, we’ve often delved into the many wonderful attributes of chocolate (taking a fork, a spoon and even a straw with us along the way). It’s easy to justify all the attention. Chocolate remains the top dessert flavor1—and just the mere mention of the word takes most people to a luscious place full of fond memories. So why not delve even deeper and explore what makes chocolate so irresistible in the first place? It all starts with the cacao bean. After fermenting, drying and roasting, cacao beans are liquefied to create cocoa powder […]
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. […]
A Few More Irresistible Reasons to Adore Chocolate
Chocolate is the leading baked-good flavor in the top 500 limited- and full-service restaurants. It’s also the leading pudding flavor and top solo ice cream flavor, according to Technomic MenuMonitor. In MenuTrends DIRECT, Datassential reports that 64.7% of all restaurants feature chocolate—a percentage way beyond other flavors. But you already knew that. Just had to look at your own menu. How did chocolate get to be homecoming flavor queen? It tastes marvelous. It carries reward associations from childhood. And because it is now accepted as good for you—decreasing stroke risks (HealthDay), improving blood flow (Harvard), even helps with math (Daily […]