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Feeling spicy? We have you covered with dessert!

We’ve all likely heard the expression, “variety is the spice of life.” Well, that may in fact be true. But sometimes spice itself is the spice of life. Especially when it comes to desserts.

According to Julia Gallo-Torres, senior foodservice analyst at Mintel International, spices are the fifth most-popular dessert flavor. It’s easy to understand why when you consider all of the complex and delicious flavor profiles they can impart.

One of the most appealing aspects of spices is how they deliver on the global flavors that consumers today are seeking. From the Jamaican and Middle Eastern influences of allspice, to the Indian flair of cardamom, to the Indonesian origins of cloves, spices truly are a gateway to the world. And all of these ingredients are making their way into familiar dessert favorites such as carrot cakes, gingerbread, ice cream and more.

Along with their international intrigue, spices often bring another alluring attribute to the dessert menu: heat. And while full-on tongue-torchers like habanero are certainly possible, even mainstream spices such as ginger and cinnamon will do the trick—albeit with a more subtle effect.

The highly popular “sweet heat” flavor profile is a natural for dessert offerings, and you can create it with such classic combinations as pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon.

If you’re ready to spice up your dessert menu with proven favorites, Sweet Street has you covered. Our Pumpkin Spice Bundt is soaked with orange glaze, filled with gingered whipped cream and drizzled with buttery caramel. Simply irresistible. And our Pumpkin Cranberry Stack tantalizes with the addition of tart cranberries and a gingersnap shortbread crust.

Even our Manifesto™ line of cookies offers a foray into spicy goodness. The Oatmeal Manifesto™ Cookie features toasted oats three ways and Flame and Thompson raisins—all in a cookie that is redolent with aromatic spice.

Looking for spice separate from your dessert? Try a pairing; how does a warmed mulled cider and a slice of Salted Caramel Vanilla Crunch Cake sound? The warmed spices and apple will compliment the vanilla and caramel flavors of the dessert.




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 the right temperature for just the right amount of time is critical in order to create the desired color and sweetness.

At this point, science gives way to art. When you introduce additional flavors such as milk/cream, butter, chocolate, vanilla, salt, etc., you can create soft caramels or caramel sauce—aka the building blocks of sweet masterpieces. And the widespread appeal of caramel creations among dessert lovers is undeniable. Salted caramel in particular is mentioned as a flavor to watch in 2015, according to Restaurant Business.

Sweet Street appreciates the gooey goodness of caramel too, and we’ve created enticing new ways to celebrate it. Our Salted Caramel Crunch Skillet Cookie is hand-mixed with browned butter, white chocolate, pretzel bites, sea salt and HEATH® toffee pieces for an amazing salty sweet experience. And a graham crumb crust makes the perfect host for the rich cheesecake and caramel flavors in our Salted Caramel Individual Cheesecake.

We’ve also taken the appeal of salted caramel to our new line of Bandes. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch Bande is a sophisticated rendition of America’s favorite pairing—chocolate and peanut butter. Our Caramelized Pineapple Coconut Bande is a tropical temptation featuring layers of moist coconut cake, caramelized pineapple and salted caramel.

Looking for even more ways to tempt patrons with exciting new twists on the dessert menu? Check out our new line of savory desserts featuring handcrafted pretzels.

Salted Caramel Crunch Skillet Cookie is hand-mixed with browned butter, white chocolate, pretzel bites, sea salt and HEATH toffee pieces. With pretzel salt and demerara sugar atop, each bite is dangerously better than the last.

Salted Caramel Crunch Skillet Cookie is hand-mixed with browned butter, white chocolate, pretzel bites, sea salt and HEATH toffee pieces. With pretzel salt and demerara sugar atop, each bite is dangerously better than the last.