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Spring Time! Dessert Secrets & Inspirations

With Spring just around the corner, we thought we’d welcome in the season by sharing our Spring-time secrets, holiday reminders, and LTO inspiration.

Seasonal LTOs rank #1 in consumer interest. The unique flavors available each season invite experimentation, with plenty of demand: 47% of diners (ages 18 – 34) say their menu preferences change with the seasons. As a result, restaurants can capitalize on the popularity of seasonal flavors and items that make sense. Here are our spring favorites, to help you prepare lively LTO specials. 

Springtime Desserts

Firstly, as Spring and Summer approach, we recommend adding some seasonal flavors to your menu, like citrus and berries. Our Lemon Blueberry Manifesto Cookie is a melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookie, plump with wild Maine blueberries and a burst of citrus flavor. Operators can order them for bakery displays, or for a bright tasting treat, to-go with individually-wrapped options.

For something a little more upscale, try offering the comfort of our Blueberry Cobbler White Chocolate Cheesecake. Surely a crowd pleaser, with moist chunks of vanilla-bean cream cake, sweet swirls of berry compote, and creamy White Chocolate Cheesecake. Topped with blueberries, whipped cream and white chocolate shavings.

 

Keep things fresh by plating this decadent dessert with lemon curd and a drizzle of basil oil (see recipe here).  

 

 

Holiday Reminders

Also, Spring houses some important holidays, like Easter (April 17th) and Mother’s Day (May 8th). To prep your holiday dessert menu with a popular Easter dessert, choose four or six layers of carrot cake. Our Four High Carrot Cake is layer upon layer of moist carrot cake studded with raisins, walnuts and pineapple and then finished with cream cheese icing and a drizzle of white chocolate ganache. Another popular product is our Big Carrot Cake is six layers of moist carrot cake sandwiched with our smooth cream cheese icing all studded with pecans.

 

 

Don’t forget, presentation matters

 

 

Similarly, you’ll want to prep for Mother’s Day. To honor motherhood and celebrate maternal bonds that have made us into who we are, we salute our superheroes. They go by ‘Mom’. Here are some suggestions to make Mother’s Day extra special with dessert! Operators can offer our Raspberry White Chocolate Cheese Brulee on it’s own. A silken smooth white chocolate cheese, with a vibrant red raspberry swirl., hand-fired and glazed in simple elegance. Or layer pieces of the cheesecake with raspberry mousse and sauce, vanilla Chantilly cream with fresh raspberries in this trifle recipe. A beautiful dish with a modern twist!

 

 

Another indulgent option is this rich brownie bowl recipe made with our Honduran Chocolate Manifesto Brownie, but could easily be substituted with our Fabulous Chocolate Chunk Brownie. Top the brownie with Peruvian crème fraiche and ganache, shower with the crunch of Amaretto cookie crumbles, and finish with Amarena cherries. 

 

 

LTO Sprinkle

Finally, almost half of all restaurant consumers find it important for operators to keep menus fresh throughout the year by offering specialty items and LTOs. Read more about that here. Therefore, to make things easier for our customers, we’ve picked out some of our favorite Spring-inspired recipes and ideas. Revive classic desserts that will have your customers craving for more as a result. Reinvent what one sku can do for you with versatile products like our New York Cheesecake and Original Cheesecake Xango®.

 

Contact your sales rep today to get ahead of the Spring time buzz!

 

 

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Fall-ify Menu’s with Limited Time Dessert Offerings

Crisp cool air, crunchy leaves, and spiced aromas are filling the air around us. Autumn is in full swing, which means PSLs are back, sweaters are front and center in our closets, and boots are ready for wearing. Much like the leaves changing colors, our palettes evolve as well, allowing us to explore new foods, new ingredients and new experiences.

Let’s not forget the desserts! It’s the time of year when fall desserts are the star of the show, and your taste buds can delight in the variety of rich after-dinner sweets. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite fall recipes and desserts to add to your fall menu. They’re so good, you might be tempted to skip dinner and head straight for the dessert table.”

Sweet Street Fall Products

Pumpkin Swirl Pullman

Our seasonal moist Pumpkin Swirl cake is spiced up with Chai spices of ginger, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. GMO free, Free of artificial colors and ingredients with 5 grams of protein, and less than 300 calories. Pair this delicious loaf with a pumpkin spiced latte.

 

Caramel Apple Granny

Buttery caramel and toffee-studded custard hug fresh Granny Smith apples piled high in our melt-in-your-mouth shortbread crust. Reminiscent of Nana’s recipe, one bite will make you feel right at home.

 

Salted Caramel Vanilla Crunch Cake

Light, buttery vanilla-flecked cake has waves of caramel cake, and is layered with salted caramel crunch and a creamy custard layer. There’s something satisfying about a sweet and salty combination and we’re glad it’s cake.

 

 

 

Recipes to Fall-ify:

Iconic flavors that scream FALL are ingredients like: cinnamon, chai, cloves, ginger, pumpkin, pear, salted caramel, Maple bourbon, apple, dark chocolate, orange and cranberry. The sweet and spicy blends will transform your dessert items into Autumn must-haves!

Looking for fall LTO’s while maximizing your current menu? We have easily executable recipes to dress up your Sweet Street favorite for the Fall, while utilizing products readily available.

 

Xango Sushi

Seal autumn flavors into this fall chutney made with golden raisins, craisins, and apricots, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, then zested with white wine vinegar. Top this gem-colored chutney on sliced Xangos, our tortilla-wrapped fried cheesecake. The blend of spices and fruit contrasts the creamy cheesecake centers for a beautiful combination.

 

Morrello Cheesecake

Here’s a quick LTO item you can whip up in seconds. This showstopper exhibits a wonderful depth of flavor and texture. Enjoy silky, creamy cheesecake topped with sweet and tart Morello cherries. A mouth-watering combo!

 

Triple Threat Chocolate Torte

We introduced an unrivaled dessert – the Triple Threat Chocolate Torte. This elegant dessert marries three components: a rich flourless chocolate torte, a scoop of creamy chocolate Häagen-Dazs, and topped with rich olive oil ganache. A rich and sweet death by chocolate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more recipes here!




Apples: Fun Facts and Health Benefits

 

 

It’s that time of year again, when the leaves start to turn, sweater bins come down from storage, and spiced fall scents fill the air. Plump orange pumpkins fill our Instagram feeds and the invites for apple-picking at your local farm roll in. And there are a number of reasons why you’ll want to fill up your basket. Here’s a few reasons why the people of America love apples, their top 5 varieties, and ways operators can incorporate apples into their menu.

Benefits

Seasonal or year-round apples penetrate 58.2% of all US menus and there’s various reasons why. Not only do apples taste delicious, but they come loaded with health benefits. Jessica Levinson, a culinary nutrition expert, says that apples have been linked to numerous benefits, including improved gut health and reduced risk of stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and some cancers.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a medium-sized apple is a good source of fiber: It contains 4.4 grams of fiber, covering 16 percent of the daily value (DV). Also, the same apple offers 8.4 milligrams of vitamin C, providing more than 9 percent of your DV, along with other vitamins and minerals.

Heart & Gut Health

High fiber has been shown to improve cholesterol (lowering bad LDL cholesterol and increasing good HDL cholesterol) and according to Harvard Health Publishing, both types of fiber are important to digestive health. Research also shows that those who eat apples are less likely to develop high blood pressure.

Soluble fiber helps slow down digestion, allowing you to feel full, and also slows the digestion of glucose, which helps control your blood sugar. Meanwhile, insoluble fiber can help move food through your system and aid with constipation and regularity, per Harvard.

Healthy Immune System

Who doesn’t want a stronger immune system going into fall? Apples might be an important tool in your immune support. According to research, a diet filled with soluble fiber helped convert immune cells that were pro-inflammatory into anti-inflammatory and immune-supporting ones. In another study, researchers found that a diet high in dietary fiber protected mice against the flu. Whether these effects would be seen in humans is unclear until there are more studies.

Still, there’s reason to believe that apples may bolster immunity, in part because they contain immune-boosting vitamin C. A review published in 2017 in the journal Nutrients found that vitamin C plays many roles in helping the immune system function, such as by strengthening the epithelial (a type of tissue) barrier against pathogens and guarding against environmental oxidative stress, such as pollution to radiation, according to research.

Varieties & Seasonality

There are up to 100 apple varieties available worldwide, but US supermarkets sell a dozen of the country’s favorites. Local farmers may offer more unusual heirloom varieties. Some varieties are better for cooking and baking, while others are enjoyed raw for snacking. Ranging from sweet to tart, apples can produce a hearty crunch or a light crispy bite. Most apple varieties are ready for picking from late July through early November.

The following are America’s top 5 most popular varieties and make up 90% of America’s apple output.

#1 Gala

Coming in at first place, we have the Gala, with its mild, sweet and juicy flesh it’s currently America’s favorite apple according to the U.S. Apple Association. Galas were introduced to the United States in the 1970s and are a cross between Kidd’s Orange Red and Golden Delicious apples.

#2 Red Delicious

For decades the Red Delicious was the most popular American apple. But today’s consumer is looking for apples that are sweeter and crunchier and the market is flooded with plenty of interesting varieties that fit the bill, bumping red delicious down to second best.

#3 Granny Smith

One of our personal favorites and the third most popular apple in America, the Granny Smith is an Australian native with a tart and mildly sweet flavor that makes it a staple for baking. Our Caramel Apple Granny is made with buttery caramel and toffee-studded custard hugging fresh Granny Smith apples piled high in our melt-in-the-mouth shortbread crust.

 

 

#4 Fuji

This popular snacking apple is sweet and juicy and comes in at fourth as America’s favorite apple. In many ways similar to America’s history, apples were some of the earliest crops planted by colonists. Named for Japan’s Mt. Fuji, the Fuji was developed in Japan in the 1930s but didn’t make its way to America until the 1980s. It’s a cross between a Red Delicious and a Ralls Janet, and features a distinctive yellow and red color.

#5 Honeycrisp

Released in 1991, the Honeycrisp is a rising contender for favorite American apple. It has a juicy and frim crisp flesh combined with a sweet and balanced bite. The apples ripen in early fall, but store like a late season variety, keeping for up to 7 months.

 

Menu Additions:

Here’s how you can incorporate apples into your regular menu and specials. Sarah Gold Anzlovar, RDN, the Boston-based owner of Sarah Gold Nutrition, suggests adding them to salads or to a grilled cheese, making baked apples for a healthy dessert, or cooking up some pulled chicken with apples in the slow cooker for an easy lunch or dinner.

Restaurants can add Caramel Apple Granny to their seasonal dessert menu or top an already existing NY Cheesecake with a fall-inspired apple topping.

 

Resources: Harvard | Medical News Today | WebMD | Heatlh Line | Everyday Health | Eating Well




Be Sure to Invite Manifesto® Desserts to the Party

It’s Time to Impress Guests

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s our weekends are busy with attending parties or hosting gatherings. Of course, the best and worst part about these occasions are the endless opportunities to taste treats that you later regret eating. But have no fear this holiday season, when you share Sweet Street’s Manifesto Desserts everyone will feel good about these natural ingredients baked to enjoy. Whether perfecting your own holiday party or hoping to impress a host, we invite you to share these individually wrapped indulgences with all.

Desserts You Will Feel Good About Enjoying

These gourmet desserts are deserving of their three Food and Beverage Innovation Awards for breakthrough, cleaner desserts. Mixed with pure cane sugar, cage-free eggs and sustainably grown chocolates, these freshly baked Manifestodesserts are made from simple ingredients befitting of your pantry. With two decadently wholesome flavors to be enjoyed, each bite of our Manifestocookies is truly a pure indulgence to feel good about or try one of our certified gluten-free brownies. All of these Sweet Street desserts will be sure to elevate your next party.

Everyone will be singing fa, la, la, la, yum after tasting Chewy Marshmallow Manifesto™ Bars.

Mouth-Wateringly Delicious Inspirations

When preparing for your holiday gathering be sure to share Chewy Marshmallow ManifestoBars. Your guests will have an unforgettable experience when they take a bite of homemade mini-marshmallows and marshmallow cream – both all-natural and GMO-free – folded with gluten-free crispy rice puffs. Just a touch of butter gets browned, but enough to bring up a subtle caramel note with a hint of sea salt that makes it all come alive. If your guests enjoy these, then they’ll absolutely love Sandy’s Amazing Chocolate Chunk Manifesto Cookie that’s rich with giant morsels of chocolate sustainably grown in the Peruvian Andes, then melted into a brown butter, caramelized, chewy-chip edge wonder—truly sustainable chocolate chip cookies. Both individually wrapped dessert classics are browned to perfection and created with ingredients you’ll be proud to enjoy and share.

An Invitation to Experience Our Desserts

Invite everyone to your party to experience the power of good food, shared. To entertain people with these wholesome and delicious options, visit the Manifesto products page on our website.




Fashionably luscious: how to build a spring dessert collection

The changing of seasons always brings a perfect opportunity to dazzle people with something new. And just as fashion designers debut new collections in the spring, you can make a similar splash with offerings on your dessert menu.

Sweet Street is ready to help you pull everything together without a hitch. Just keep a few smart strategies in mind, and your efforts are sure to be met with glowing reviews.

Go with textures perfect for the season

The feeling of springtime is light and fresh. So it makes sense to keep this in mind as you plan your dessert menu. Why not start things off with our delightful Vanilla Bean Cupcake, featuring the finest Madagascar vanilla on a moist, buttery cake. You also can’t go wrong with Sweet Street’s New York Cheesecake. Like a classic cocktail dress, its creamy smooth goodness is always in style. And if you’re planning an outdoor catered event, our Luscious Lemon Squares® are a natural fit.

Captivate them with color

Nothing inspires quite like all the wonderful colors of spring’s blooming flowers. Patrons will appreciate new colors on your dessert menu as well. You can go all in and make a dramatic statement with our Blueberry White Chocolate Cheese Brulée™. Or, try enticing them with the bright, multicolored tones of our festive Summerberry Stack®.

Play up the themes of spring

The wholesome, clean-ingredient goodness of Sweet Street’s Manifesto™ offerings is as refreshing as a breezy spring day. And there are occasions on the calendar that set up nicely for a dessert tie in as well. For instance, Sweet Street’s Four High Carrot Cake is tailor made for Easter celebrations.

However you choose to style your spring dessert menu, Sweet Street is ready to help you bring it to life.




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.




Welcome summertime with luscious fruit-based desserts from Sweet Street

It’s no secret that fruits are at their best when enjoyed at the peak of ripeness. The vibrant colors captivate you, the fresh aromas intoxicate, and the flavors burst with the full promise of their tanginess, tartness or sweetness.

Of course fruit is a seasonal food, which means capturing that peak of ripeness largely depends on the time of year the fruit is grown. Fortunately, summertime is perhaps the best season to enjoy a wide variety of flavorful fruits—from raspberries, to blueberries, to mangos.

With all this in mind, now is the perfect time to explore the many refreshing fruit-based desserts available from Sweet Street. Truth be told, these offerings are ideal at any time of year because they’re made with fruits that are frozen at the peak of freshness. But what better time to celebrate and enjoy them than when the temperatures outside are hot and everyone is searching for a little cool refreshment.

Sweet Street’s luscious Lemon Manifesto™ Bar is a great place to start. Its zesty lemon freshness makes your mouth come alive and quenches your thirst, while the buttery smoothness of its melt-in-your-mouth curd and subtle crunch of the shortbread crust further satiate the senses.

Passion Mango Cheesecake Slice

Passion Mango Cheesecake

Another refreshing favorite is our Passion Mango Cheesecake. It features layers of creamy, smooth passion fruit- and mango-infused buttermilk cheesecake topped with tart passion fruit curd. All that zesty goodness is finished with a shimmering glaze of passion fruit and mango.

Searching for an unexpected raspberry treat? You’ll find it in Sweet Street’s Raspberry Sammies, made with ride red raspberry jam in golden buttery shortbread. And don’t forget the king of all summertime treats—our Summerberry Stack®. It features bright berries strewn across citrus-flecked cake aswirl with cool, tart key lime and creamy white chocolate cheese—all on a buttery crunch layered with vibrant raspberry.




Ice cream trends perfect for sweet endings!

In last month’s blog we touched on the creamy virtues of frozen custard. And as the temperatures continue to rise outside, we thought now would be the perfect time to take an even closer look at frozen desserts—as well as offerings from Sweet Street that can lusciously complement their flavor profiles.

One of the best attributes of desserts such as frozen custard, ice cream and even sorbet (aside from the aforementioned creaminess), is the ability to add other craveable flavors to the mix. From refreshing fruits to decadent cookie pieces, there’s no end to the enticing possibilities.

In its Dairy Foods Forecast 2017, the Berry on Dairy blog highlights several trends that will continue to drive ice cream sales this year. Fruit, for instance, will find its way into ice cream more often, particularly real whole fruit and unique combinations such as berry and citrus.

Grilled Pullman slices sandwiching house-made salted caramel ice cream.

If you have a citrus fruit flavored ice cream on your menu, consider serving it with a Sweet Street offering such as our Lemon Manifesto™ Bar or Summerberry Stack®, which features bright berries strewn across citrus-flecked cake. Or if strawberry ice cream is the order of the day, why not pair it with our Strawberry Cream Cheesecake.

Salted caramel ice cream is also predicted to increase in popularity in 2017 according to the Berry on Dairy blog. Sweet Street’s Salted Caramel Cookie Pie Rave™ provides the perfect opportunity to take the salty sweet decadence over the top. Just add a small scoop of ice cream on every piece.

Another interesting ice cream trend noted in the Dairy Foods Forecast 2017 is the practice of adding preparation descriptions to the product/dish name and menu description. According to the report, mentioning cooking methods such as toasted coconut, grilled pineapple, caramelized banana and smoked apple makes the consumer feel more involved and more knowledgeable.

Sweet Street gives you the opportunity to tap into this phenomenon with products that play up the descriptive flavor appeal. Look no further than our Caramel Ginger’d Apple Crisp. Ginger’d and cinnamon’d fresh Granny Smith apples are caramelized and piled high and topped with buttery crisp crumbles. Best of all, it’s made to be served warm with—you guessed it—a scoop of ice cream.




Celebrate Fall Flavors like No One Else

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Pumpkin Spice Baby Bundt Cake

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 challenge now becomes how to stand out in a crowded marketplace. And of course, no one rises to the occasion like Sweet Street.

We’ve spent countless hours in the kitchen mixing, blending and baking the most luscious pumpkin-flavored desserts. These offerings tempt with rich textures and intense spice flavors—perfect for the approaching cooler temperatures.

Sweet Street’s Pumpkin Spice Bundt is soaked with orange glaze, filled with gingered whipped cream and drizzled with buttery caramel. It’s a classic and wonderful tribute to all that is good about pumpkin-flavored foods.

Spicy pumpkin flavors are also irresistible when blended with refreshingly tart flavors. Our Pumpkin Cranberry Bash® and Pumpkin Cranberry Stack are festive and cheery offerings that are sure to delight your patrons. Both feature a gingersnap crust—another hugely popular fall flavor.

There’s no doubt that consumers will continue to seek out amazing pumpkin flavors. And you can be sure that Sweet Street will always be ready to help you provide them.




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 alcohol-free treats to booze-infused bliss. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the liquidy possibilities.

Alcohol-free

Mixing in pieces of a Sweet Street cake or pie is the easiest way to add intrigue to a drinkable dessert. Consider the Big Chocolate Cake as the perfect counterbalance to a vanilla shake. Or, add a taste of Americana with our Big Apple Pie.

The fact is, almost any baked Sweet Street dessert can be featured in a milkshake, and you can spin it any way you like depending on the desired flavor profile.

Alcohol-infused

According to research from Datassential, 32% of consumers are interested in dessert-alcohol infusions. And we’re confident that 100% of those consumers will find the following concoctions simply irresistible.

Shake Yo Honey Maker

Bucktown Dirty Blonde

Mommies Little Helper Lemonade

Note: you can turn each of these recipes into non-alcoholic versions as well by simply removing the alcohol.

Whether you want to appeal to adults only or young and old alike, adding drinkable desserts is a great way to mix things up on your menu.

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